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Month: October 2021

Fire Towers of the Northwest

Fire Towers of the Northwest

Staying at remote fire watch towers in the Pacific Northwest is kind of a thing for me. After getting lucky enough to land a near-impossible reservation, they usually require you to hike in to remote locations at the top of mountains. No power, no plumbing, and sometimes no cell service. You have to hike your own food and water into these remote locations – making them amazing experiences in living off the grid. The views, solitude, quiet, and beauty can be jaw dropping experiences for the lucky.

Keeping track of which ones are closed for repairs, inaccessible due to landslides, fires, blowdowns, snow, learning about new regulations and seasons of operation has never been easy.

Fortunately I’ve found another person with the same passion and she posts updates on some of these towers as well as her progress on visiting every one before they are gone.

Live out your bomb squad dreams

Live out your bomb squad dreams

We all know the trope: the hero has to defuse a bomb while sweating out the timer. As I kid I fondly remember the season 1 episode of MacGyver called “Countdown” where he defuses a bomb on a ship.

Now you can have your chance. Puzzle expert Andy Gilker spent hundreds of hours creating this challenging bomb defuse style puzzle that you and your friends try to defuse. It’s a pretty awesome idea but with an estimated 90 minute solve time – the price is a little explosive at $1100.

No word yet on what would happen if you tried to take it on an airplane…

Most unusual places to stay

Most unusual places to stay

Want to stay at some truly unique places around the world? How about an abandoned island fort off the coast of England, underwater rooms in the middle of a lake, drawbridge towers in Amsterdam, an oil rig turned into a dive center, an ice hotel, a harbor crane, a palace in Morocco, or over river bungalows in southeast Asia?

Go Unusual offers really unique stays and experiences all over the world.

https://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com/home