Thursday, October 22, 2015

Giant's Causeway

Today's adventure took us to Giant's Causeway, and, even though a chilly, 35-mph wind almost knocked us off our feet a few times and occasionally made it difficult to hold the camera steady, we still really enjoyed the outing. Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site comprised of about 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns, which are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The coastline and mountains are very rugged and absolutely beautiful! The people who first laid eyes on this place imagined it to be the work of giants, and so, a myth was born about the Irish giant Finn McCool. We got to see a video about he and his Scottish rival in the fantastic visitor's center, as well as enjoy lots of other interactive exhibits.

Checking out the inside of a basking shark

Learning about the Giant's Causeway

Taking a little boat trip

Our first look at the coastline

I loved the way the crashing waves created little waterfalls.

Posing with some of the coastal basalt columns

More of the incredible coastline

Absolutely stunning!

These basalt columns are called "Giant's Gate."

The towering basalt columns on the mountain side of the path

These columns were probably 30 feet high or more.

The hexagonal structure of the columns is so unique!

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