It seems crazy to me that almost 11 years have passed since this photo was taken. Then I look at my popped collar and the color of my hair and it’s not so crazy anymore.

Northern Ireland is a second home for me. I grew up taking family vacations to Belfast to spend time with my relatives. It’s a very familiar place for me that I love visiting. This was from a trip I took in high school with my Mom and sister. We brought my Grannie out for a long drive along the coast to spend some quality time together. I’ve seen plenty of coastlines in my life and there’s really nothing like the North Antrim Coast. On the drive you see cove after cove with massive cliffs and fields of coastal flowers throughout the spring and summer months. On the highest cliffs with views in every direction, the landscape has the power to leave one awestruck in its beauty. If you aren’t familiar with County Antrim, it is home to many famous places such as the Old Bushmills Distillery, Giant’s Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Carrick-a-Rede is a 65-foot long rope suspension bridge linking the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island which was once used by fisherman during the salmon season.

This photo is of me walking down to the rope bridge on a windy summer day with the crystal clear water in the distance.

I would say everything about the day was beautiful if one of us hadn’t ended up in the hospital but that’s a different story for a different time. Don’t worry, no one was harmed in the making of this photo.