This post is about my trip to see a famous rock formation in Northern Ireland. You guessed it! The Giant’s Causeway. A bit after breakfast, I hopped in the car and put on my seatbelt. The drive would be about an hour long, not too long to wait.
When we arrived in the parking lot I got out of the car and walked to the office. I got a bottle of water since I would be walking a lot. We walked uphill for approximately five minutes. When we reached the top and we walked over to the bus. We took the bus down to the shore the rocks.
The Giant’s Causeway was formed because of ancient volcano’s fissure eruption. It is made of Basalt, a kind of volcanic rock. The rocks are all geometric, and the architects who designed the path there mimicked it. All the tiles were geometric. The poles at the edge where the tiles ended where geometric and going to the Causeway there were geometric pillars.
The story of the Giant’s Causeway is interesting. An Irish giant named Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant. Finn built the Causeway to get across but was scared of the giant. His wife disguised him as her baby, the Scottish giant thought that if that was Finn’s child that Finn must be truly huge. The other giant ran away and destroyed the Causeway so that Finn couldn’t go after him.
The Giant’s Causeway wasn’t completely hexagon shaped. Over half of the rocks were circular or part blob, part hexagon. Some of the rocks could be called hexagons but even they weren’t precise. Which makes it annoying that websites talking about the Giant’s Causeway having Hexagon shaped rocks. I wanted to climb both stacks, so I started with the larger stack. You have to be careful on the larger stack, the rocks are smooth so it is easy to slip. There is a path leading to the top of the taller stack, so I climbed it to the top. Once I was at the top, I walked to the end of the end of the stack, I snapped a few selfies and climbed off the stack.
I decided to go around the bigger pile before climbing the smaller one. The beach was extremely rocky, and there was kelp on the strip of visible sand. I took another picture on the beach and got ready to walk back when I saw something weird on the rocks. Apparently, people had been sticking coins in the cracks. The coins had rusted, and it looked like they had partially melted on the rocks. I think that it’s kind of disrespectful to do that to a natural wonder like the Giant’s Causeway. After I finished looking around, I went to the other stack.
The other rocks were much easier and safer to climb, so it was relatively easy to get to the top. Some of the rocks had little pools of water in them, but the water wasn’t clean. When I was climbing down again, I found a pool of water with algae growing in it. When I finished looking around, I walked back to the bus.
I took the bus back up and walked back to the car. We drove to a town named Bushmills to eat lunch, but I will tell you about that in a later post. In Bushmills, there is a distillery, and next to the river there is equipment that you’d find in gyms like an elliptical machine.
I highly recommend going to the Giant’s Causeway, especially if you like rocks. If you go, consider stopping in Bushmills. Until the next post!