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The Mysterious Duo (Part I): Mystery Spot

29 October 2011 No Comment

Mystery Spot entrance gate

With Halloween just around the corner (31st October), the Travcult team wishes to celebrate the occasion by introducing two attractions in California with the word ‘Mystery’ in their names. First up is the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, followed by the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.

 

Mystery Spot

We went on a Saturday afternoon, which meant an increase of traffic in the touristy area. That coupled with some road construction and rain on the way in resulted in a bit of a jam. It took us one and a half hours to reach the Mystery Spot from San Francisco.

Mystery Spot entrance

An impressive wooden gate fronts the entrance of the Mystery Spot. The gate reminds us of the Torii, a traditional Japanese gate often found at the entrance or within a Shinto or Buddhist shrine. The Torii usually marks the entrance to a holy place, and therefore symbolizes the shift from the profane to the sacred. We wonder if the owners of the Mystery Spot intentionally placed a gate with this design to mark it as an entrance to an otherworldly place, where the laws of physics and gravity are claimed to be defied.

Mystery Spot Santa Cruz

At the ticket counter, we were informed that the next available time slot for a guided tour was two hours away. We spent the time looking around the pristine surroundings. There was a courtyard with benches and tables to the left of the ticket booth, where the Mystery Spot Canteen was operating. The Mystery Spot Gift Store is located to the right of the ticket booth, sells a number of Mystery Spot trinkets and is a great place to hide from the chilly weather outside.

Mystery Spot notice board

The gathering point was at a large sign introducing the history of the Mystery Spot. All tours there are fully guided, each lasting about forty-five minutes. Our guide began with a brief history of the place, and demonstrated how being in the Mystery Spot can make people shrink and grow by a few inches in an instant. Two young boys were asked to stand next to each other on a leveled wooden plank, one being visibly taller than the other. When the boys changed places, they miraculously appeared to be of the same height. How did that happen? Before we could figure out how that was done, we were led up a zigzagging hill to the awfully slanted wooden house for more mind boggling action. Water flowing uphill and people walking and leaning backwards at seemingly impossible angles are just some of what we experienced. Before long, we began to ponder if we had crossed over to the twilight zone.

At the end of the tour, we asked our guide for some explanation to the strange happenings, and this is what she said. The guide claimed that aliens from outer space have been laying eggs in the area for ages, and this is causing the anomalies. She added that whenever an alien egg hatched, the creature that came out of it became a new tour guide.

Slanted house, Mystery Spot

We wish to remind our fellow travelers that the Mystery Spot is located in the redwoods outside of Santa Cruz, about 4.7 kilometers from the main road (Market Street), so arrange for transportation to take you there and back.

Travel Info

Mystery Spot
Address: 465 Mystery Spot Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, USA
Tel: 831 423 8897
Website: http://www.mysteryspot.com/

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM (last tour at 4:05PM)
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM (last tour at 5:05PM)
Ticket Price: $5 per pax (over the counter), $6 per pax (advanced phone and online purchases)

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