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Winter Wonderland – The Beach Edition

My wife and I spent a couple days up in New Buffalo, Michigan.  Although it is mostly known a a summer resort town, a visit in the snow was quite enjoyable.  We found many good things to eat, enjoyed a few beverages, took a tour at the Journeyman Distillery in nearby Three Oaks, and took some really amazing photos while walking along the beach.

New Buffalo City Beach

Where the waves crash to the shore, there is a giant mountain of frozen surf, but in the little harbor area, amazing ice formations became suspended near the sand.

The Icy Shore

Some of them even reminded me of The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, but these ice columns will not stand the test of time.

Ice Giants

And the wind bonded the sand and snow into a unique frozen landscape.

Sand and Snow Landscape

And when we needed to warm up after our walk, we found a drink simply called Old Country Goodness.

Old Country Goodness

An apple cider and whiskey drink that we had warm, but trust me it is just as good cold over ice.

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Read more about Old Country Goodness, or order some for yourself here:

http://journeymandistillery.com/spirits/o-c-g/

More from The Giant’s Causeway – Testing Continues

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The Giant’s Causeway.  One of my most favorite places on earth.  So far.

But it is also a cleverly disguised second test, to see if I have actually figured out this tablet thing.

I think I might be getting the hang of it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

The complex layers of basalt columns found at The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Layers of the Giant's Causeway

Layers of Rock

Layers of The Giant's Causeway

Layers of the Causeway

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway

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For more pictures of Layers, please visit:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/weekly-photo-challenge-layers/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

I am going to return once more to one of my favorite spots on the planet.  (Although I will have to admit I have a whole lot more exploring to do.) All of the picture below are from our honeymoon trip to the Emerald Isle.  These are from Northern Ireland, an amazing place known as The Giant’s Causeway.  If you are ever in Ireland, make the time to visit.  And stay in Bushmills.  I hear they make some good whiskey there.

Horizon Pathway

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway

The Irish Horizon

What the heck, one more for good measure.

The Horizon Around the Rock

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For more pictures of the horizon, please visit:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

I have not done a whole lot of traveling in my lifetime, although I look forward to doing much more in the future, but in my limited travels, I have had the opportunity to visit one of the most unusual and unique natural wonders in the world, The Giant’s Causeway.

Located on the upper coast of Northern Ireland, just a few miles outside Bushmills in County Antrim, these basalt columns stretch out into the sea, re-emerging on the other side in Scotland.  Although it is known that the columns are volcanic in nature, there is really no explanation for why they formed their unique hexagonal shape.

This was our second trip to The Giant’s Causeway, and although it was overcast and drizzling, it was still an inspiring visit.  Both Maureen and I took a number of pictures while there, that is until our camera batteries died.  With the grey skies and strong waves that day, I thought the black and white photos really captured the mood of that trip.

The Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is indeed a Unique place to visit, and I promise to post more of the photos at another time.

To read more about the causeway, my account of our original trip is located here.

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The Giant’s Causeway

Part Three of Our Treacherous Ireland Holiday. 

New readers should start here.

We woke up early and with our heads clear.  It had really been the first full night of sleep I had since the night before Thanksgiving.  And a good night’s sleep deserved a good breakfast.  I had never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast before, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  Well, in Ireland it includes the traditional Irish breakfast.  A couple of fried eggs, but don’t expect a runny yoke.  I didn’t get one of those until I asked for a poached egg in Dingle.  Two sausages or bangers, some Irish bacon, more like a ham than the standard American bacon, a baked tomato and some blood pudding.  Some plates include mushrooms and the meal we had in Bushmills included a grilled potato bread that was very tasty, but let’s get back to that blood pudding for a second.  It is not really a pudding at all by American standards, it is really more like a sausage except that it is really, really gross.  Now you know it must be bad if it comes from someone like me.  I will eat just about anything except for lima beans or brussel sprouts.  I even ate squirrel and actually liked it.  But you couldn’t get me to put that black, nasty gunk past my lips again.

After breakfast we had four things we wanted to do before we hit the road again.  Tour the Old Bushmills Distillery, go to Giants Causeway and the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, and stop at Dunluce Castle.  Most of the attractions didn’t open until 10, and since we had gotten up so early, we still had an hour to go.  So we decided to start with Giant’s Causeway.  After a short winding ride, we arrived there around 9:30.  Although the visitors center was still closed and construction was underway in several locations, we were still able to pay for parking and head out down the path to the Causeway.

The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most spectacular and unusual natural formations in the world.  Where the Cliffs of Moher are majestic and stunning, Giant’s Causeway is very accessible and a more hands-on experience.  The main draw of the Causeway is the strange, odd-shaped formation of the basalt columns.  These volcanic structures are a scientific marvel and a mystery, but it is the legend of the Causeway that has the most appeal.  As the myth tells us, the Causeway was actually created by the giant Finn MacCool to settle a dispute with an opposing giant in Scotland named Benandonner.  The two giants would shout across the water at each other until one day when Finn tossed a stone into the water.  Both giants continued to toss rocks at each other until a walkway was created, and Benandonner started to cross to confront MacCool.  Prior to this, the two giants had never seen each other, and as Benandonner got closer, Finn suddenly realised that the other giant was much larger than he was.  Fearing defeat, Finn quickly disguised himself as a baby, and when Benandonner saw the size of the infant, he turned and fled, afraid to face the giant that would spawn such a child.  On his way back to Scotland, he destroyed the walkway as he retreated, leaving the Causeway in his wake.

Not realizing how accessible the Causeway was, Maureen and I spent more time than we expected wandering the rocks and following the trails along the coast.  We walked out as far as the trails would let us to an edge that warned us of dangerous falling rocks, and since we took the lower trail into the Causeway we decided to take the upper trail back.  Unfortunately, that first required us to ascend the half mile of old rock stairs to the top, but once up there, the view was well worth the climb.  In all, we spent almost four hours walking around, taking pictures and talking with the few other people who were out on Giant’s Causeway that chilly morning, although neither of us could figure out how we hand managed to spend that much time there.  It didn’t seem that long.  It seemed more like just a quick walk.  The true scope of how much we had walked did not hit me until I tried to sit back down in the car, and my thighs decided to scream back at me.

But my thighs were going to have to buck up.  The rope bridge was still to come!