As we arrived in the City of Carrickfergus, we traveled to a Castle on the outer rim of the city.  I gave my speech on the castle and we were off to investigate.  One thing that I did not find in my research is the stench that would literally smack me in the face upon entering.  I feel like it was due to the washed up algae along the shoreline.  But the smell quickly deteriorated the farther into the castle we walked.  It was amazing to walk were so many soldiers before me have walked.  To see what they saw, and smell what they probably smelled.  It was a rainy day, so as I looked out into the ocean from behind a well preserved bulwark, I thought about what it would have been like to be a soldier at the time of an attack.  Matt Herndon was having the same thought, we were conversing about how cool it would have been to have on all the armor, and the adrenalin rush of an enemy rushing towards you.  After having our own time to look around the castle we had to meet at the tippity top of the tower for a presentation on the armor and weapons.  I got to try on the jousting helmet, it is everything I thought it would be, blinding.  There is no way to look up, down, left, or right.  Luke Thomas was the lucky one and was able to try on the entire knight outfit.  It was an amazing day all around, and great fun was had by all.  We made the trek back and slept like babies. (Brenton Cole)