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Glass bottom night canoeing

Glass bottom night canoeing

It’s no secret that Eastern Oregon is a fantastic, barren landscape full of plains, deserts, mountain ranges – and most of all – solitude. The Wallowas Mountain area is located in the far NE corner of the state and is a wonderful area to get away and enjoy the outdoors far from big city tourist.

JO Paddle (which stands for Joseph, Oregon), a family-run paddling outfitter that launched in fall 2018, offers a guided two-hour Wallowa Lake Monster Expedition that takes visitors out under the cloak of darkness, with just the lights of the glass-bottom kayak to illuminate the way.

Learn more here: https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/destinations/lakes-reservoirs/glass-bottom-kayak-tours-wallowa-lake/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=General&utm_medium=social&utm_content=OrganicPost&utm_term=TravelOregon&fbclid=IwAR09CFAWeJACP1CgHzk-PM4UxkpDYUPhSMhnhWKhAFTZDieI2_x5khgD6to

Mysterious Lodging in Kyoto

Mysterious Lodging in Kyoto

Mysterious Lodging is a recent guest house that opened in Kyoto. The building houses 11 themed rooms each costing 7,500 yen (US$70) per night, each large enough to fit up to two people.

On the wall of the Horror Room is a dial that adjusts the level of uncanny occurrences produced, starting from the “off” position where nothing happens and all the way to “3” where even the bravest of souls would think twice about staying. The real fun begins after 7 p.m., however, as that is when maximum-level scariness begins

Room of Plenty has the walls completely covered with numerous buttons and switches. Hitting the switches produces different sounds, allowing customers to experiment and combine different elements to enjoy a delightful auditory playground.

The Room of Scenery projects more than 20 surreal videos onto its windows.

Learn more about all their different room here: https://soranews24.com/2019/09/16/mysterious-guest-house-opens-in-kyoto-features-11-different-bizarre-rooms-full-of-oddities/


Eternal Flame Falls

Eternal Flame Falls

About 30 miles south of Niagara Falls, just below the Canadian border in northwestern New York, inside Shale Creek Preserve about a half-hour drive south of Buffalo, lies a hiking trail with an unusual payoff, if you can find it: Eternal Flame Falls, a waterfall tucked away in a grotto that contains a natural “torch” about 8 inches high.

The ground at the base of Eternal Flame Falls emits a steady supply of natural gas, which rises from deep below the surface up through fault lines and into the open air. This, in turn, is what lights the flame, found on the waterfall’s right-hand side about 5 feet up from the creek bed.

The flame is visible year-round, but the waterfall can run dry in the summer and often is only fully flowing in the spring. If you go right after there’s been some decent rainfall, you’ll get to enjoy the waterfall’s full effect.

The flame stays lit on its own, but bring a lighter just in case — occasionally it goes out, in which case it’s your duty as a good citizen to relight it. It ignites quickly, with a distinct “pop,” so maybe try one of those extra-long candle lighters if you’re nervous.

Spend a night at the North Pole

Spend a night at the North Pole

Starting April 2020, the North Pole will no longer be only for intrepid explorers and polar bears. The northernmost point on Earth will get a temporary hotel. 10 heated glass igloos will be transported to the safest part of the glacier.

Luxury Action is a Finnish travel company behind the mobile igloos. They will only open for one month, when travelers can reach the hostile environment by helicopter. 

Now all you have to do is cough up €95,000 ($104,604) for the experience, which includes two nights in Svalbard (an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole), flights and logistics from Svalbard to the North Pole and then back to Svalbard, a night at the North Pole, and all meals, security, and guiding. 

Read more about it here: https://www.afar.com/magazine/north-pole-igloos-will-be-the-northernmost-hotel-in-the-world?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=091719%20Igloo/AllInclusiveCruises&utm_content=A&utm_term=Daily%20Wander%20Newsletter


Amazing bookstores of China

Amazing bookstores of China

There are amazing new designs coming from China. Some of them are happening in retail spaces – especially in book stores. Shanghai Zhongshu Industrial Ltd. is one such bookseller that has been using Shanghai-based X+living design firm to create amazing book stores.

Most noteable to me was this 1,300 square-meter (approx. 14,000 sq.ft) store on four levels is located in the Zodi Plaza completed in 2016 in Chongqing. The clever use of mirrors and staircases makes it a truly M.C. Escher-esque experience and takes its inspiration from old libraries with the dark brown hues and floor-to-ceiling shelves.

For other stores, the designers also took cues from the shapes of Chinese lanterns and lamp shades:

What makes the areas of the store even more fantastical is the use of mirrors and reflecting surfaces that makes the space seemingly endless and turns things upside down.

I’m continually amazed by the innovative work coming out of China. They appear to be having a real design renaissance. I for one will be keeping an eye out for work coming from there.

Reference: https://thecoolhunter.net/zhongshuge-bookstore-chongqing-china/