The second place is also a "wow", but unfortunately we will never make it there!
The island of Aogashima lies in the Philippine Sea about 350 kms (200 miles) south of Japan.
One of the things that makes this a very cool place is the fact that it is actually a volcano within a volcano! There are just over 200 people living on the island, and although it is classed as an "active" volcano, it hasn't erupted since 1785. There isn't really a lot to do here, and it's not really a tourist place because it's not easy to get to. But it's still one of those places that would be very neat to visit!
The second place is even more difficult to visit. In fact, it is so difficult to visit that I know we will never see it.
There is an underground mine in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua that produces silver and lead. Back in the year 2000, they were excavating an underground tunnel 1,000 feet below the surface when they broke through into a cave filled with giant crystals.
Now we like exploring caves to begin with, but this would be like being on another planet. Does this remind you of something out of a Superman movie??
These crystals formed out of gypsum. The water circulating through the cave before the mine started pumping it out had been at a steady temperature of around 58C (136F) for hundreds of thousands of years. When they started the mine, of course they had no idea this existed.
The temperature in the cave is HOT, around 50C (122F) with near 100% humidity. So to visit the cave, you need special protective equipment. Besides which, it's not open to the public. So obviously we will never make it to visit this place. And, when the mine runs out the pumps will stop, and the cave will flood once again.
Yesterday, we went to visit my sister and her (our) 20 year old cat. When we took off on our motorhome adventure, our cat Molly was already 15 years old. At the time, she was adopted by my sister, and she's going to be 20 on July 1st. She is definitely looking old though!
Ruth with Molly the 20 year old cat!
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