Monday, November 17, 2008

Our Trip North: #4

Our final trip destination? Giant's Causeway! Legend tells of Finn Mac Cool, an Irish giant who built the causeway to Scotland to fight his Scottish rival, Benandonner. Unfortunately Finn fell asleep before he reached Scotland. When he didn't show up Benandonner came to look for him. To protect Finn, his wife, Oonagh, covered him with a blanket and pretended like the giant was actually Finn's baby. When Benandonner saw the size of the 'baby' he assumed Finn would be too big to fight and fled home to Scotland, breaking the Causeway up into millions of hexagonal columns and even lost his boot!

Me hanging out on the rocks

A bunch of us looking out over the coast from atop the Causeway

See the hexagons? Cool, huh? They were actually formed by molten lava flowing over the area which then cooled extremely quickly thus causing the rock to contract and break. I think the Giant story is cooler.

The waves crashing on the rocks. A couple of the guys got a little to close and walked back to the bus in soggy clothes.

More of the hexagons. I later found a postcard in the gift shop that looked almost exactly like my photo. Maybe I have a career in postcard photography?

Me again :)

I was just sitting down to watch the waves when John thought I looked picturesque. See Benandonner's boot there in the distance above my head?

The whole gang at Giant's Causeway (minus a sick Josh and a recently injured Charlie)

And of course, I couldn't leave the UK for the last time this semester
without a red phone booth photo!