Tollymore Forest

Today we had plenty of opportunities to release our inner child.  As a DEAFCON five on the maturity scale, we found it easy to release our inner child, as we pretended to conquer castles, roam about pound world (the British version of the dollar tree) and prance about like deer in the open fields.
Our first stop was Dundrum Castle. There was no tour, no pamphlets, no signs to read, just a few ruins standing in a Forrest overlooking the Irish Sea. We were free to roam about and explore what was once a great castle.  This really brought out the inner child in a lot of us- particularly the boys. They climbed up to one of the towers and pretended to be the knights conquering the castle. Then, we went into the nearby town of Newcastle to explore the boardwalk. I spent my time in a local cafe with some friends enjoying some if the best ice cream I've ever tasted.  After about 30 minutes of free time, we met at a small restaurant where we were told we would find the best fish and chips of our life.  Let me tell you, it lived up to its reputation. We then piled back on the bus for a short ride to Tollymore Forrest.  It was an incredibly beautiful park with trails through the woods.  We were free to roam around at our leisure. I spent my time frolicking through a huge green field, and walking along the river banks. It was absolutely incredibly beautiful. There was a huge rock in the middle of the Forrest with the words "STOP.  Look around and praise the name of him who made it all."  It was an incredible reminder to take in the incredible creation we were surrounded by.  After a long trip of tours, lessons, and strict schedules, it was really refreshing to have a day to release energy, and just good around having fun.