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EASTER MONDAY (2008), NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND. It was a non-working holiday and I joined for another walk organised by Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church where (sometimes) I also attend Sunday mass. Joining the group for the 5th time, I walked with them for the second time in the highest land of Northern Ireland, the Mourne Mountains. This time, we climbed the 3rd highest peak of the mountain, Slieve Binnian. Well, I had the opportunity to stands tall at the summit, Slieve Donard in winter 2006.
Seeing again the Mournes reminds me of the books written by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia. The Mournes inspired Lewis to write this series of novels for children. Unfortunately, I havent read any o f the stories, except that I watched the film - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as adapted from the books.
It was a long drive (1.5 hours) to Newcastle where the mountains stand beautifully alongside of the crystal clear blue sea. While ascending the mountains, the panoramic view is astonishing - combined with brown, yellow and green colours infront of us which dominates the skyline!
It was a glorious Easter Monday with sunny spell and the frequent touch
of the cold wind. Before we proceeded to the peak of Slieve Binnian, we had our lunch besides the small lake and the atmosphere is surreal having such special moment having with the nature - appreciating the wonderful gifts from God! As soon as we finished filling our hungry stomachs, we started our journey and finally reached the foot of Slieve Binnian where the catchment areas for the water source of Northern Ireland take over the view, including the coastline of the Republic of Ireland. Tiny bits of hails struck our faces while ascending the peak!
I can not explain the feeling of being there - at the summit of the mountain watching the well-curved mountains of Mournes, including the icy tip of Slieve Donard, some of the uniformily laid-out stones - the Mournes Wall, the green spots of pine trees and the blue ocean below. It took us almost 2.5 hours to reach the top confronting our fears to be carried away by the freezing wind and not to mention the slippery sloping ground while descending the peak. Descending the icy peak of Slieve Binnian provided us another view of Mournes, where green fields and farms meet with
the coastline, including the whistling sound coming from the wind passing through the gaps between the stones of the Mournes Wall.
For details of this climb, please visit the original journal posted at: My world is getting smaller every day
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