Though the natural beauty is what draws many to this tropical paradise, the legends surrounding it are sure to be part of the appeal.
For one thing, it is bottomless. No diver has reached the lower extent of its blue majesty, lending an eerie feeling to those diving into the abyss.
What lies beneath?
Swimmers can enjoy the enchanted waters at their leisure until noon, when all are asked to stay on shore. At that time, the caretakers throw a feast onto the surface, calling swarms of fish from out of nowhere.
Yet, no fish has ever been caught from this pool. One story purports that at dusk, fishwives of the area laid their fish traps, but returned to find them hanging on a branch the next day.
Two pale-skinned women with flowing hair were viewed bathing under a full moon. The witnesses, a father and son, said the apparition vanished in a swirl of fireflies.
Even Neptune has a part in the stories, and is said to have carved sets of furniture in a nearby cave for "King Neptune's Party."
The legends seem to flow with the gentle energy of the pool, which is fully accessible - even accommodations are provided for the fortunate traveler to this popular area.
Link to more photos at Entravel.blogspot.com.
Link to more mysterious trivia and travel info at Inquire News.
Well, maybe this photo is a bit of an exaggeration.
This interesting story was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle, and on March 12, 1922, the New York Times reported that smooth, warm rocks had been falling out of a cloudless sky over Chico, California since July 1921.
The first complaint was made on November 1921 to City Marshall, J.A. Peck, by J.W. Charge, who said someone was throwing stones at his warehouse every day. The stones fell with enough force to damage windows, wooden boards, and roof shingles. Investigators, Fire Chief C.E. Tovee and Traffic Officer J.J. Corbett, narrowly escaped personal injury when a large boulder struck a wall where they had been standing only moments earlier.
Police could not come up with an explanation for the long duration of the phenomenon or the limited geographic scope of the rock fall (only on or around the warehouse).
In addition to rocks falling from Chico's skies, on Sept 2, 1878, the New York Times said the Chico Record had reported that a great number of small fishes fell from a cloudless sky, covering a store and several acres.
Falling fish or frogs or reptiles seem easier to explain than rocks, as they can be picked up by waterspouts from pools of water. The curious thing here is how the waterspouts manage to only pick up one species at a time out of the body of water. A Moses-type plague? Heavenly provision for the hungry? Hmmm.
Speaking of hungry (ugh), there have been several documented accounts of flesh and blood falling from the sky. These have been examined, but with no reasonable explanation. Well, reasonable to most of us. Some assert that Aliens are dumping their refuse to lighten their load before exiting our atmosphere. Hmmm, again.
Though I am focusing on Chico's mysteries while I visit this beautiful town, Troy Taylor recounts the fascinating history of falling objects here.
Be sure to watch the One Step Beyond video where this story is featured along with another fun mystery.
For centuries, an unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon has mystified humans. Great balls of fire descend from the skies to the earth, or bounce across horizons the world over.
Sometimes referred to as angels, ghosts, or UFO’s, science still struggles to explain what causes these brilliant objects.
Laboratory experiments can produce effects that are visually similar to what science calls “ball lightning,” but it is still unknown if they are creating the same phenomenon.
In 2002, the Missile Defense Agency financed Dr. Paul Koloc’s research, hoping to harness the power associated with the light into an EMP bullet that could take out enemy missile systems. As far as we know, he was unsuccessful.
Though the true nature remains unknown, public sightings and photographs document these usually harmless spheres.
They have been known, however, to explode, sometimes with fatal consequences, leaving behind the odor of sulfur.
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