Ah, where do I start? Oh yes, the Creevy Pier Hotel!
When we woke up and finished stuffing all of our junk back into our suitcases, we walked down to the pier one last time before leaving.
After saying good-bye to Creevy, we began the long journey to Portrush, Northern Ireland. To break up the drive, we stopped at Rossnawlagh Beach.
A few hours later, we stopped again; this time at the historic and supposedly haunted Donegal Castle.
At the front desk, we were told that there were two ghosts on the bottom floor. (At first my dad and brothers thought that she said two goats, so they ran around the castle looking for goats. Classic Eldredges.) Apparently, two different people at two different times reported that they saw two people "huddled in the corner".
So of course we looked all over for them, but we didn't see anything suspicious.
And, a little while later, we were relieved to find out that we finally crossed the border into Northern Ireland!
When we checked into our hotel in the lovely city of Portrush, we were so tired that we decided to call it a day and save the rest of the exploring for the morning.
The next day, we got out of bed nice and early to head over to the famous Giant's Causeway!
The weather was beautiful, if you call freezing rain and strong winds beautiful.
We took a tour of the place with our awesome guide, Neville, who we were lucky enough to get a picture with:
...And the sneaky hitchhiker that I discovered after I got down.
|My nickname is now Slugbutt.|
When we went inside, we saw that there were both adults and kids playing the gambling machines. And my family and I, being from America, where children aren't allowed four feet within range of those machines, thought that this was illegal. Turns out that there, people of all ages can play those machines!
We had the time of our lives in those arcades!
Today, we went to the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, which is very close to the Giant's Causeway. It was built a long time ago by a salmon fisherman so that he could check his nets more easily. The weather was about as good as it was the day before, so getting across the bridge was quite an adventure!
On the island that the bridge led to, it was so windy that I lost my balance and nearly fell off the cliff several times. If you spread your arms out, you would really feel like you were going to blow away!
Something very random also happened while we were there, too. When my mom and I were washing our hands in the bathroom, we saw a girl who looked very familiar. My mom asked, "Do I know you from somewhere?" Coincidentally, that lady is our dog Sadie's groomer, and she traveled here while on vacation with her friends. She came to the same exact place on the same exact day at the same exact time as us! All in a completely different country! Weird!
After we were all nice and soaked, we piled into the car and drove for a couple more hours all the way back to Colette's house in Blainroe, which is the same place where we stayed when we first began our trip! Our loop of Ireland is almost complete!
Sadly, our trip is almost over, but once we get back home we will be able to see all of our wonderful friends back in California again!
Well, thanks for being patient time and time again when I don't have time to post anything. The blog is almost at its end, so enjoy these last couple of posts while they last!
Oh, and I will try to post an update of what we did today, too, so be ready for that!