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Millions of Stories...
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With so many places in the world that tell a story, it's hard to find single spots to check out. So, when we look for places to visit are they based on books, television, or just a curiosity only satiated by the weird. I qualify for all three, or more. I'm soo excited to be able to bring you the strangest things from Google Earth, some we are definitely going to have to feature on The Story Teller Travels.
1. Batman's calling card Japan
2. the crazy hippos of Tanzania.
6°53’53.00″ S 31°11’15.40″ E
Katavi National Park, Tanzania
3. AN amazing star fort!
Schansdijk 5, 4655 De Heen, The Netherlands
4. The mythical guardian of the badlands.
The Badlands Guardian
50° 0’38.20″N 110° 6’48.32″W
Walsh, Alberta, Canada
5. Where airplanes go to die.
32 08’59.96″ N, 110 50’09.03″W
There is more to see on Google Earth,but these might be the best!
PMP Bridges still exist
The floating bridges of Russia are being driven even now. They were designed to be put together quickly and can hold 60 tons of weight.The truck that carries the bridge goes right up to the water and rolls it off where it unfurls automatically.
A bridge between china and russian
There is a bridge between China and Russian as well that was recently rolled out for winter transport between the two countries. They also have a hovercraft ferry as well. The current bridge is between Heihe a port in Heilonjjang with Blagovshchensk.
SNowplows only start in the spring at mt. Tateyama
Mt. Tateyama is one of the three sacred mountains in Japan,over 9,892 feet high with the unofficial title as one of the snowiest places on earth.
The pictures above are not altered, in fact this is a normal rite of spring in Japan-clearing over 56 feet of snow off of the roads.The photos show the winding roads in the Japanese Alps, where this type of white stuff is a common site.After the snow plows are finished the wall of snow towers over 60 feet.
The ALpine ROute that only runs from April-November
The route above is known as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and it's stunning and only open from April to November. The route goes across what is known as "the roof of Japan". People are encouraged to travel the twisting canyon road by bus, and trolley or rope car. It is a huge tourist attraction for many. In some places the canyon even has a walking area with a rope keeping the foot path separate from the driving area.
Japanese snowplowing experts
In the winter monsoon, as it is often referred to here the icy air from Siberian fronts hits Japan, dropping clouds of snowdrops all over the area. It's like the lake effect snow we get in New England. It's an amazing site, and for most a little known fact that Japan gets more snow than Maine!
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