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The Valley of Headless Men
he Nahanni National Park of Northwest Canada lies the Nahanni River. The area is only accessible by boat or plane and is home to many natural wonders, such as sinkholes, geysers and a waterfall almost double the size of Niagara Falls. Lord Tweeds Muir (John Buchan), author of The 39 Steps, once said of the valley: “It’s a fancy place that old-timers dream about. … Some said the “valley was full of gold and some said it was hot as hell owing to the warm springs. … It had a wicked name too, for at least a dozen folks went in and never came out’ … Indians said it was the home of devils.”
The 200 Mile gorge has become infamous, due to a number of gruesome deaths and many disappearances, earning itself the eerie name, The Valley of the Headless Men. Anomalies first began in 1908, when the Macleod Brothers came prospecting for gold in the valley. Nothing was heard or seen of the brothers for a whole year, until their decapitated bodies were found near a river. Nine years later, the Swiss prospector Martin Jorgenson was next to succumb to the Valley, when his headless corpse was found. In 1945, a miner from Ontario was found in his sleeping bag with his head cut from his shoulders. While skeptics of an unknown power at work in the Valley would put the grizzly mutilations down to feuding gold prospectors or hostile Indians, there are other strange happenings in the area which add to the valleys mysteriousness. The fiercely renowned Naha tribe simply vanished from the area a few years prior to the first deaths. Other Indians of the area have avoided the Valley for centuries, claiming an unknown evil haunts it. Many parts of the valley remain unexplored, and there are tales the Valley holds an entrance to the Hollow earth. Others believe the Valley is home to a lost world, with lush greenery and a tropical climate, due to the hot springs generating warm air, as well as untapped goldmines and wandering sasquatches. While a haven for Bigfoot remains unlikely, one thing is for certain, something strange lurks in the Nahanni Valley.
In Venezuela the Catatumbo river has a section where a lightning storm goes on for most of the year and is often pretty crazy. They talk about most years there being a thunder storm between 160-200 days a year with normally about 20,000 strikes a night. Its pretty amazing.
Wow. I love lightning and thunder. I'd faint from joy there.
Quite a while back I dotted this thread to try and remind me to come back and post. Seems that did not work so well.
On page one there is a link to a picture of the ruins of Tulum. It is a Mayan ruin on the east coast of mexico. I have had the privilege of touring this old fort. If you have the opportunity to go to such a place I would suggest you please take it. Or go visit caves or any nearby ruins or places of interest.
That one picture does not do it justice. It has a beautiful beach right below it. The main entrance only one person can walk through at a time and if you are over 5'5" you have to duck to do so. Just seeing a place like this or Chichen Itza which is really not that far away and is older and much larger will change the way you do parts of your game. It will make it much more descriptive and detailed, after you get a chance to see something of this nature yourself.
There is a large cave of bats where my kids went to Scouts one time. Seeing thousands of bats take flight at one time is amazing. Right at twilight a few flutter about and then a few more. Then all hell breaks loose. Also seeing a real cave entrance and how it is hard to climb into and out of makes a world of difference in underworld exploration.
EDIT word of warning the bathrooms available in the gift shop were OK but in the mall area outside the ruins they were close to non existence. Best to go, before you show up.
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I've taken uncounted opportunities to do this in my RL former job. I researched some of the more interesting setups and made copies of blueprints/architural drawings for idea mining. Glad to see that someone has approached this with an organized flair. I guess this is what adventurers do but with monsters included and an expectation of loot.
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Oh, here are the rest of them. There are 20 in all, in a place called Sveta Gora (saint mountain). Some i couldn't find pictures of.
Great Lavra monastery
St. Paul Monastery
There are more, awesome medieval monasteries all over Serbia and Kosovo...i'll post them later.
Was just reading about that cave system this morning but I also remember seeing a documentary on it like 2 years ago where the guys who found it were exploring it and found a few new, unique species of bugs and such in the cave. Pill bugs if memory serves...
I don't like that the current article says "newly discovered" when science and explorers have been exploring it for years now and have pretty much gathered all the info about the place.
EDIT* Hmmm. your article is much better than the Yahoo! News article with facts. Yahoo claims that it's newly discovered where the Huffington Post article has all the good facts about when it was discovered and all that...I may have to start looking more at Huffington Post articles.