Google+

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

 
Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

by Amy Lignor

 

Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and where these supposed myths may just prove to be a reality.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National

“Toadstool” at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

In Utah, the White Cliffs boast a ledge of gold. Makes sense that entrepreneurs would want to check this one out, in hopes that the ledge could be found rather than go on “Shark Tank” and be turned down. But others are headed there, as well. Part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this amazing “staircase” is a series of cliffs, terraces and mesas colored white, gray and pink. Rising into the sky, they reveal over 200 million years of geology. From Jurassic dunes to dinosaurs, everything surreal can be found there. But many forgot, or set aside when Spielberg made his record-breaking film starring T-Rex, the actual ledge of gold that once was the focus of this area.

 

Legend says that back in 1870, a prospector by the name of Brankerhoff told the owner of Hubbell Trading Post that a narrow cleft leading to cave existed, where a ledge of quartz crystal and gold sat undisturbed. Somewhere amidst the White Cliffs, people tried to locate what the prospector – who disappeared after that night – had been talking about. One man actually did stumble across it, finding large chunks of gold. But when he returned to the Cliffs to show others, the cave had mysteriously vanished.

 

After many searches and even a gun battle that took lives, a legend was born that cowboys had blown up the entrance to the cave in order to prevent anyone else from ever finding it and taking the gold. With the White Cliffs now part of the National Park System, treasure hunting is forbidden. Oddly enough, more and more people are traveling there to “take some time off.” Perhaps someone will stumble across this treasure again.

 

Yet another mine legend can be found in the state of Colorado. Referred to as the Lost Tenderfoot Mine, the legend came about when the Gold Rush began in 1849. James Marshall discovered gold at the famous Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California and news of his awesome discovery raced across the globe like wildfire. Almost 300,000 people headed west to get in on the windfall, yet more and more found nothing in “them thar’ hills.”

 

It was only in the Southwest, with the volcanic activity and mountain terrain that offered a huge number of places to hunt for the veins of quartz that are gold-bearing rock. In Breckenridge, Colorado, a “tenderfoot” – new to the harsh southwestern range – somehow fell across a vein and was able to grab approximately twenty pounds of gold, making him an instant millionaire. When he went back, however, with many following after him to get in on the action, this tenderfoot could not for the life of him find it again. In other words, there’s a lost mine just waiting to be rediscovered and the National Park System is not a problem when it comes to this one.

 

Yet another “must-see” as of late is found on the edge of Cleopatra Hill in the Verde Valley. The town is called Jerome, Arizona, and is literally as close to a ghost town as you can get. Not because it’s sparsely populated or because no one “living” roams the streets. In fact, it is a bustling little tourist attraction with old hotels, bars, a church, a brothel, and more.

 

A lot like Lincoln, New Mexico – where Billy the Kid walked the street with his gun in hand – Jerome was referred to as the “wickedest town in the west.” But Jerome does not only provide gun slingers to fear; because of its position way up high, many of the buildings crumbled and fell to the bottom of the hill, including the jail. It is said that gold and other things are buried up in Jerome that would be far more valuable than regular antiques or collectibles.

 

Jerome’s Grand Hotel provides ghostly tours, and legends can be learned while sitting at a table in the hotel’s Asylum restaurant, or the more casual, Haunted Hamburger. Either way, Jerome is one old location that visitors are heading straight to in order to check out the ghosts and stumble across any treasure that might be resting there.

 

When it comes to New Mexico, aliens are not all that Roswell possesses. Here, visitors can also find The Lost River, a locale where people (and their automobiles) have mysteriously disappeared over the last hundred years…swallowed up by the earth. Haunted cemeteries, gold left behind, treasure maps buried by the outlaws who spent their short lives building a fortune that they would not be alive long enough to spend – New Mexico and the rest of the Southwest has it all.

 

So jump on the wagon train, so to speak. Head to each state’s Bureau of Tourism and check out the mysteries that, perhaps, are just waiting for you to come solve.

Source:  Baret News

Entertainment

Raunchy Adaptation of Classic TV Series Arrives on Home Video

  Chips DVD Review by Kam Williams Raunchy Adaptation of Classic TV Series Arrives on Home Video Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman (1989), Charlie's … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Gil’s Goodwill!

  Gil Robertson The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview with Kam Williams Gil's Goodwill! For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

    Carmen Ejogo The “It Comes at Night” Interview with Kam Williams Ejogo's Largo! Carmen Ejogo has established a distinguished career in both feature films and television. She is best known thus far for her leading role of civil rights activist ‘Coretta Scott King’ opposite David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay's universally acclaimed SELMA as well as being singled out for her ‘mind-blowing’ lead role as Sister in SPARKLE alongside … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

  Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features By Craig Lamb Are you looking for a family friendly, center console fishing rig in the 23-foot class? Your search is over with the 230 LXF from Tidewater Boats. The all-new 230 LXF has a centerline of 23’ with a wide beam spanning 8’ 10.” The boat weighs 3,200 pounds and has a fuel capacity of 95 gallons for peace of mind on long trips. Best balance of performance and fuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

  You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic by Amy Lignor   No, the sport is not called ‘Zorba’, but it most definitely fits for this article’s title. This most unusual sport is actually called ‘Zorbing’, and has caught on like wildfire across the globe. And now, seeing as that the NBA has wrapped, with Golden State proving that they were determined to make amends for last season; and with the NHL closing up shop for the season … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects

  Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects by Amy Lignor   There are a whole list of summer activities for you and the kids planned. Most of them, of course, you want to be nothing but fun, such as grilling outside on the patio or swimming in the pool. However, having the backyard pool and patio are two things you really need in place before either of those activities could be enjoyed. And building this area could be a great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All

    Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that the largest travel locations are also beyond popular. Among the downsides of this fact is that when you’re looking for peace, quiet, and basically a chance to do nothing more than spend time with yourself and, perhaps, one other best friend, the most popular places don’t offer that. In other words, it is the most remote (sometimes most … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]