Saturday, January 21, 2017

Winter Vacation Time

We have been so busy lately. It began with the holiday mania of having the responsibility of buying gifts for all you care about. You had to host or attend a few parties to add to your already busy schedule. In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1st.  We all had to mourn famous people who died in 2016 who were part of our relaxation entertainment life for years. People like Debby Reynolds and Carrie Fisher the mother and daughter who died within 2 days of each other’s death. Debbie was a lasting star in Hollywood. Her daughter Carrie was an   observer of her star filled life and a movie actress. Comedy wonders like Gene Wilder, Gary Marshall and Doris Roberts are gone now. Our famous singers of Prince and David Bowie are now gone. Athletes like Mohamed Ali are gone and history maker John Glen are gone. 2016 was exhausting. We even had to elect a new President.
It is time to move on with a well- deserved winter vacation but where can we go that will be a safe haven from ISIS and any other danger or at least someplace new? Start your quest by reading the book called Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer that features places that are the quietest on earth like a room at Orfield Labs in Minnesota. You can think about the world differently if you seek different places to see. The quietest room on earth is just one of more than 600 obscure places to visit on earth featured in the book. The book is an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders. The book is an offshoot of their website founded in 2009 also called Atlas Obscura. It is an online encyclopedia of weird and wondrous places even here in the States.
The site gets more than 500 million visitors each month. Visit amazing places like The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in Ontario, Canada, Singing Sand Dunes in Doha, Qatar, scuba dive in Jellyfish Lake in Eil Malk, Palau or listen to the pipe organ a man built in a cave in Virginia using the cowering rock formations as pipes. The entire cave becomes a musical instrument.  Well, I find stuff like that interesting. In South America you can cross across one of the last Incan bridges. You can hike to see the third   tallest waterfall on earth in Peru.   It wasn’t even on any map until 2006. The site explores the wonders of the world that often go unnoticed. Avenue of the Baobabs in Menabe, Madagascar have some of the larges most unusual trees on earth.

Firefly Squid are found in Toyama Bay in Japan. They actually glow in the water. There is an everlasting lightning storm in Zulia, Venezuela. Yes, there are still plenty of surprises to be explored and found on earth. Get the perfect photo of someone you love through the sun tunnels in Lucin, Utah. Whatever your desire, relax, regroup, take a winter vacation and get ready for another interesting year. 

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