The ‘7 from Evan’ Newsletter
1. Silfra, Iceland – ‘The Clearest Water on Earth’
The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowing drifting apart and can be seen first hand by diving into the rift known as Silfra. The water is glacier fed, which makes it cold, but also spectacularly clear. The visibility is rated from 150 – 300 meters.
Check this video out for a good idea of what it would be like to dive here.
2. Moon Trees
A small container of tree seeds were onboard the Apollo 14 as it orbited the Moon in 1971. The seeds were subsequently planted all over the United States and in the process the Moon trees were born.
Here’s a Wikipedia article where you can see if there is a Moon tree near you.
3. Sleep overnight in a submarine
Manitowac Wisconsin is home to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and is the location of the best-preserved WWII submarine in the country – the USS Cobia.
And now that very submarine is on AirBnb for a one-of-a-kind overnight experience.
The listing says there are more than 65 locations you can choose to sleep in, and best of all, coffee will be provided in the morning.
4. Solo visit to Machu Picchu
Jesse Katayama had tickets to visit Machu Picchu just as COVID-19 hit Peru. The historic site was closed and the country closed their borders. Being a Japanese tourist, Jesse had no choice but to settle down in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and wait things out.
His patience was rewarded as a local tour company, Andean Roots Peru, and the national Ministry of Culture, worked together to give Jesse access to Machu Picchu. The crazy part? He got to experience it with no other tourists around. (CNN article to read more)
5. World’s Largest Corn Maze
The Guinness Book of World Records has certified that Cool Patch Pumpkins, in Dixon California, is the world’s largest pumpkin patch. They give you a map to help you plan your route which says all that needs to be said.
6. World’s Largest Pumpkin
Keeping with the “record-breaking Halloween theme,” this 2,350 lb pumpkin won the 47th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. I don’t think pumpkins last very long, but it would be cool to see a fruit this large in person.
7. A few thoughts
I’m launching this newsletter in the midst of a global pandemic. With so much uncertainty in the world right now, the thought of travel, human interaction, and spontaneous activity seems like a distant dream. The stuff I’ve identified above makes me smile. It reminds me that this too shall pass and that better days are ahead. But it’s NOT what is most important right now. Take care of yourself. Tell the important people in your life that you love them. Stand up for what is right. Get excited about what is to come.