The Jizz of the Dabbling Duck

Today I had the lovely chance to head up to the north coast with a couple of the derby ladies to a place called the Gobbins Path. The Gobbins Path has been around since the early 1900s and is a coastal walk meandering through caves, around the coastline and across many cool bridges.

On the walk we learned lots about geology, a bit about engineering, and how to walk very slowly behind elderly people. Apparently everyone else our age is actually in school or has a real job, which might explain the lack of young ones on the trail. Ah, well.

The path was about three miles long, and the name Gobbins refers to the land around the path. On a nice day (which this was) you can see over into the Isle of Man, Wales, and Scotland.

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The path and its bridges were conceived of by a man named Wise, who had a dream to increase tourism and knowledge about Northern Ireland’s north coast. The bridge below is called the Tubular Bridge and is based on the bridge that was originally erected on the original path.

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We also got to catch the Irish Coast Guard on a little training run. Helloooo helicopter!

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Of course, there’s always a Game of Thrones location to be seen. Far in the distance here you can catch the quarry where the Wall and Castle Black are filmed. Pretty glad I don’t have to work in a quarry, personally. We also passed through Carrickfergus and got to see their little castle, which I quite like!

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All in all another successful, sunny day in Northern Ireland.

PS- totally just realized I didn’t explain the title, which sounds totally rude. Basically we were hanging about in the gift shop before our tour started and happened upon a hilarious section of a ‘Birds of Northern Ireland’ book. There is a bird called the Dabbling Duck and we really couldn’t get past the sentence that read ‘the jizz of the dabbling duck.’ I have no idea why it was important, but we giggled about it all day. We are children. It’s ok. We’ve accepted it. Also, we didn’t see any Dabbling Ducks but you can be sure I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for one.

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