So…I left off at the Carrick a Rede rope bridge and my imminent death. Actually approaching the bridge and seeing how high it was above the water, I started to get quite a bit nervous, but I was determined to do it. The guide/ticket collector told me it took her several days of trying before she could cross it and not it ain't no thing. My strategy involved: no other people on the bridge to make it bounce, looking straight ahead and not down or to my sides, and a low center of gravity. To wit:
I literally shook like a leaf when I got to the other side, and it took awhile to get the feeling back in my legs, I was so freaked out. It is gorgeous on the other side, but I would just assumed see it from the other side and not cross the bridge again.
But I did it! A small step for most people, but a giant leap for me. Speaking of giants, we pressed on to the Giant's Causeway, another supercool feature of the Antrim Coast. Photos speak more than my description:
Arrived in Portrush, where after 4 or 5 tries, we found a room for 50 pounds with a sea view at the Ramona Lodge. Portrush is a cute harbor town with a lot of nauticalness:
We ended up making more sandwiches in our room and avoiding have dinner out, but we did go to a great pub that was tiny and most untouristy:
We spent the evening drinking pints and watching a fascinating program about home makeovers, one of those when someone British comes over and yells at your housekeeping, but you get it together and make dinner for your girlfriend and you get a crown and a ceremony! Fun! Then some local boys came in and complained about the TV, so we watched American COPS again and they asked us if it was really like that in the states. Not having been busted for running a meth lab, I can't say, but it was another surreal moment. We made friends with one guy, Dave, who goes by Booger and is horrified that his sister has just become a cop in Northern Ireland. Here's me and Booger:
His shirt "Zoo York" is a Yankees tee, not some racist comment as I feared. We were invited out with Booger's peeps to a nightclub, but decided to make it an early night, perhaps to our detriment. Good times, though!