Two Giants – one Road

Ariana and I took a train to Portrush – just about as far as you can go north in Ireland without swimming into the ocean.  Portrush is a small town just before getting to one of the big tourist sites in Northern Ireland – the Giant’s Causeway.  The Causeway is a UNESCO site and one of the most unusual geological formations in the world. Tall tubes of hexagonal shaped rocks emerge from the shoreline – a result of volcanic activity from 50 to 60 million years ago.  An identical type of formation exists in Scotland directly to the east in a place called Fingal’s Cave.  This gave rise to a myth about an Irish giant and a Scottish giant challenging each other to a fight.  The Irish giant builds the causeway to get to his foe only to realize, from a distance, that his enemy is much bigger than expected.  The mother of the Irish giant then disguises her son as a baby to escape.  However the Scottish giant, seeing the baby, assumes the father must be his opponent and a giant of all giants. Terrified he flees destroying the causeway behind him.

Geology seems boring by comparison to this tale.

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