I readily admit I get bored easily. Which is why I’m frequently mystified when I read the results of surveys that rate Americans’ favorite vacation activities. Honestly, the mere idea of spending the day shopping or lounging by the pool is more than I can take.
Which helps explain why I’m always on the lookout for adventures that are a little more unusual, maybe even downright quirky. If you can relate, you owe it to yourself to check out Atlas Obscura, a new website that bills itself as a “compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica.” There are listings for off-beat attractions on every continent, from Antarctica’s freaky-looking Blood Falls to the Cesium Fountain Atomic Clock in Boulder, Colorado that’s guaranteed not to gain or lose a second in the next 80 million years.
Now, I realize that it’s doubtful I’ll ever get to visit all these places in person. But, somehow, in a world full of increasingly generic pre-packaged and mass-marketed “adventures,” I for one just feel better knowing these kind of extraordinary experiences are still out there waiting to be discovered.