From mysterious islands to lost cities, Egyptian pyramids to underwater ruins, our planet is teeming with wonderful places. The mysterious and wonderful spots offer travelers remarkable, mind-blowing experiences. We’ve all heard of the wonder hotspots that attract millions of visitors each year – the Colossus of Rhodes, the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge immediately spring to mind. It is perhaps the less well-known, the sparsely photographed and the yet to be weathered by an incessant tourist trail wondrous places on Earth that offer the most in terms of providing an astonishing experience. If you fancy experiencing the almost inconceivable, then take a look at the following five most mysterious places on earth you simply have to check out.
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It was a desperate, running battle for their lives. Only a few men had survived to this point, and they were now racing to get out of the Rocky Mountains and past its Front Range. They hoped that they would live to bring the story to the rest of the world of millions of dollars’ worth of gold hidden in Colorado. In the end, only one did. The last Western U.S. mountain with a treasure I wrote about was Kokoweef and the legend of Earl Dorr discovering a river of gold beneath it. Treasure Mountain, however, doesn’t have a gold-filled cavern under it. Instead, it’s where a group of Frenchmen stashed gold meant for Napoleon.
There is reported to be a cave on an island off the Australian coast. Expeditioners will be headed there soon. What brought all this to the attention of the world? A man sitting on a beach. And five, 1000-year-old coins that could change how we see history. Just Another Day at the Beach Maurie Isenberg was a soldier manning a radar station on Marchinbar Island in 1944. Darwin had been attacked by Japanese bombers two years earlier, so this little spot had become a strategic point from which to watch for more enemy incursions. Apparently, Isenberg spotted five coins on the beach. He had no idea what they were but stored them in a tin. In 1979, he pulled them out and sent them to a museum to be identified. It turns out that they were 1,000 years old and from a sultanate on the East African coast. Maurie marked an “X” on the map of a colleague, and the whole matter was forgotten for a while. A few months ago, however, Professor Ian McIntosh of Indiana University latched onto the tale. Now, an expedition is being organized to the site. Who “Discovered” Australia? Aboriginal Australians are believed to have crossed the waters between the Malay Archipelago and Australia between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago. The first European on Australia’s shores is generally accepted to be Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon commanding the ship Duyfken. In early 1606, he spotted the coast of Cape York Peninsula and, on February 26, landed at the Pennefather River near Weipa on Cape York. He was followed soon after by another Dutch navigator Dirk Hartog. Spanish adventurer Luiz Vaez de Torres explored the strait between Papua New Guinea and Australia – later named Torres Strait. English navigator William Dampier, the first English navigator in Australia, [...]
The discovery of a stone structure in the Sea of Galilee has many people speculating what the structure is and how it came to be under water. The discovery was published February 4, 2013 based on a 2003 survey that undertook the task of mapping the bottom of the lake bed. The sonar scan revealed a “cone-shaped pile of stones” that rises from the lake bottom on a slope that peaks to nearly 32 feet. The pile appears to be circular with a diameter measuring around 230 feet. The entire structure is estimated to weigh nearly 60,000 tons. (1) Archeologists noted that the western side of the pile is steeper than the eastern side. In addition, a portion of the base is buried underneath some 6-9 feet of sand. To give an idea of how massive the structure is, Live Science compared the structure’s 60,000 tons to how much the USS New Jersey retired battleship weights. The size can be visualized by looking at the diameter of Stonehenge – the structure is twice that size. (2) What truly makes the pile of stones so intriguing is that the scientists determined there is “no apparent construction pattern”. This means that the stones were not cut or chiseled in order to be placed to form a wall or some other structure. They were simply used to form a pile of rocks. Made of basalt (a common mineral found in the surrounding land), the stones range in size with some measuring nearly three feet in length. (1)
El Dorado. The name inspired European explorers and treasure seekers for centuries, and the story grew to encompass a shining city of gold abundant with precious metals and gems. It inspired Western literature in such works as Milton’s Paradise Lost and Voltaire’s Candide as well as a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. It even holds a special place in the English language as a metaphor for some wonderful, perhaps unattainable thing just like Shangri La or the Fountain of Youth. But, was there really an El Dorado? The answer: Yes, though the truth might surprise you. A Figure on a Raft Of the 55,000 artifacts in the Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum, in Bogotá, Colombia, one stands out as the major piece. Created sometime between the years 600 and 1600, it’s a 7.5” by 4” artistic offering of a log boat with figures surrounding one taller figure. Who does that shining gold artifact’s tall figure represent? El Dorado: “The Gilded One.”
“Of all the things that have helped me, probably knowing another language and being able to just enjoy life have helped the most.” Alex Moore is one of those affable, easily met guys. Alex just returned from the first American motorcycle group trip allowed since the Cuban Revolution. He spent 10 days of cruising the roads of Cuba on motorcycles. In addition, he works for National Geographic on trips in Cuba, travels to other areas of the world, mountain climbs in the Rockies, and runs an imaginative new language school he started called the Language Lounge in Fort Collins, Colorado. Because I advise Mr. Moore on occasion, I had the opportunity to interview him recently about the amazing Cuba journey and his invigorating viewpoint on an adventurous life. What was your part in this Cuba trip? Alex: My job on this first run was to bring together and unify the other three guides: Luis – President of Cuban Harley Club was our lead rider. [Also on the trip was] guide Ernesto, bus driver Carlos, and the two government employees in charge of U.S. trips to Cuba. I had to make sure we complied with the person-to-person travel regulations, to handle mishaps in the ever-changing itinerary, and keep us on schedule. I played sweeper: always the last bike in the line, picking up stragglers, stopping to wait for photo takers, helping folks who got separated from rest of group. In addition, to help improve logistics for future trips, I kept track of mileage, gas stop options, ride times etc. It was a great trip because it really focused on the person-to-person aspect. Guys ride together or they meet with people on the way and they make a lot of connections with the culture. They weren’t just riding. For instance, they visited [...]
Accounts of large creatures in the region have continued to float down the waterways out of the Congo Basin. Carl Hagenbeck sold wild animals to European zoos as well as P.T Barnum, founded Germany’s most successful privately-owned zoo, and is the man who created the “Hagenbeck revolution” that changed the architecture of zoos from being rows of little cages to more open spaces for the animals. In his 1909 autobiography Beasts and Men, Hagenbeck relates multiple independent sources who told him of a “half-elephant, half dragon” in the Congo region. Naturalist John Menges also told Hagenbeck about “some kind of dinosaur, seemingly akin to a brontosaurus.” The Smithsonian Institution sent 32 men to interior Africa between 1919 and 1920 to gather plant and animal specimens. According to cryptozoologists Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe: “African guides found large, unexplained tracks along the bank of a river and later in a swamp the team heard mysterious roars, which had no resemblance with any known animal.” When herpetologist James Powell was studying rainforest crocodiles in Gabon in 1976, he heard stories of an enormous river monster the locals called the N’yamala. Also, a local witchdoctor pointed to a picture Powell had of a diplodocus as resembling a creature he’d seen come out of a pool. Powell communicated with biologist Dr. Roy P. Mackal of the University of Chicago. Together, they traveled to the People’s Republic of the Congo. In the town of Impfondo on the Ubangi River, they met Reverend Eugene Thomas who had served in the Congo since 1955.