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Old 03-03-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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I have been to Gransjö several times.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Queensland
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Bougainville in 1999

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonom...f_Bougainville
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Default Sie Koenigstein, eastern Germany on Czech Rep. Border

The Koenigstein in former GDR (East Germany) right after the Berlin Wall fell and you could travel freely in what had been behind the Iron Curtain. It's a fortress from the early Saxon Kings built to keep the Slavic armies across the Elbe away. It's a sandstone butte that now has an elevator running up the core of it to the castle on top (also many storerooms and fighting redoubts carved out of the sides). There is a water well dug through it too so during seiges the Saxons could hang for months against the hordes attacking.

When we were going up on the elevator the old operator told us to do something in German and when we ignored him and told him in English that we didn't speak German he almost started crying he was so happy. He stopped halfway up and ran into a closet and came out with a dusty old tourist manual from pre-Soviet invasion in English and said we were the first American or British tourists since before WWII! It was beautiful view at the top of the winding Elbe and the great forests and other rock spires of the "Saxon Switzerland". It's a very unkown area to most tours but very well known to rock climbers. It's sort of like Bryce and Zion National Parks in Utah but much more beautifully wooded.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Default The Beaufort Sea in June

I once worked on a ship when the Polar Ice Cap had broken up off Pt Barrow Alaska in the US Arctic Ocean. There was one sunny clear day with virtually no wind. The Beaufort Sea formed a perfect mirrorlike surface the reflected the symmetric double of the icebergs floating in the water. The blue sky was reflected in between and everything just bizarrely buzzed out into this fantasy world of what looked like giant ice-cubes floating through the air. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, before or since.
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Madrid
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The Koenigstein in former GDR (East Germany) right after the Berlin Wall fell and you could travel freely in what had been behind the Iron Curtain. It's a fortress from the early Saxon Kings built to keep the Slavic armies across the Elbe away. It's a sandstone butte that now has an elevator running up the core of it to the castle on top (also many storerooms and fighting redoubts carved out of the sides). There is a water well dug through it too so during seiges the Saxons could hang for months against the hordes attacking.

When we were going up on the elevator the old operator told us to do something in German and when we ignored him and told him in English that we didn't speak German he almost started crying he was so happy. He stopped halfway up and ran into a closet and came out with a dusty old tourist manual from pre-Soviet invasion in English and said we were the first American or British tourists since before WWII! It was beautiful view at the top of the winding Elbe and the great forests and other rock spires of the "Saxon Switzerland". It's a very unkown area to most tours but very well known to rock climbers. It's sort of like Bryce and Zion National Parks in Utah but much more beautifully wooded.
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I once worked on a ship when the Polar Ice Cap had broken up off Pt Barrow Alaska in the US Arctic Ocean. There was one sunny clear day with virtually no wind. The Beaufort Sea formed a perfect mirrorlike surface the reflected the symmetric double of the icebergs floating in the water. The blue sky was reflected in between and everything just bizarrely buzzed out into this fantasy world of what looked like giant ice-cubes floating through the air. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, before or since.
wow you've had some awesome experiences!
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Texas
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- Two years in northern Yemen (late 80s)
- Trekking through Borneo (2004)
- Bobo Dioulasso, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) in 1982-83
- Two months of living in a 6-person camp in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska ~ nearest "neighbor" was a 2-person weather station an hour helicopter flight away (1981)
- A week spent in a rural village in Cambodia building houses (2007)
- Lake Awasa, Ethiopia (1979-80)

The list could go on for a while ... but I think these are probably the most remote or off-the-beaten path places I've been. My username probably should have been "Wanderlust".
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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Drvenik Mali - population 52.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drvenik_Mali_(island)
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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I'm lucky to live in the most unique off the beaten path I've ever been.

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Old 03-08-2010, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Hades
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Svalbard on Midsummers! Very remote and EPIC...in that stark extreme North way.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:47 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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Cox's Bazaar and the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, respectively the world's longest stretch of unbroken sand beach and largest tidal mangrove forest

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