These are beautiful, rugged mountains on the coast of the Irish Sea. They formed 65 million years ago when molten granite forced landforms upward… Yosemite formed this way too, but it is younger, with higher peaks. We hiked in the mountains today, and in an excellent forest preserve near them. Yesterday we explored some coastal dunes which offer great views of the shore and the Mournes. We are staying in New Castle, a fun coastal town where northern Ireland folks are forgetting tension and having fun.. a great way to end this part of the trip, as Kate says. Our Airbnb host is great, we have had long discussions about life in Ireland and the U.S. Last night we went to a pub with her and an interesting friend of hers.
Tomorrow we will go to Dublin, and will fly to New York on Thursday. Sad to be leaving this adventure, but I once saw a quote to the effect of don’t be sad when you leave a special place, be glad you were there. Wise, but a little sadness is ok. We will be visiting family and friends in the east for a bit, I will post when I can find a computer, whenever that is. I will share thoughts about Ireland and Scotland when we get home in a while, and will post pixtures.