Finally I have enough time to sit down and let you know what I’ve been reading (and drinking).
Usually when I go out (or at home) I have Bud Light, but I’ve decided to try one new beer every week or so and give you my opinion. This past week I went nuts and tried two different beers (on different days). The first was Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, beer with a hint of lemon. I found it to be a very bland beer with hardly any lemon taste whatsoever. I added 2 fresh lemon wedges and that kicked the beer up a notch. It did not kick the beer up enough that I would ever purchase it again though. On my second beer taste test I tried Nimbus Dirty Guera Blonde Ale. This is a stouter beer than the Shandy and to me had a slight, coffee flavor. Not bad. If you’re willing to experiment and like hoppy beers, you might try this.
As far as books, I finished True Tales of Terror in the Caves of the World by Paul Jay Steward and will list the last few caves of interests and their history.
Cave of Letters, Israel – 132-136 CE
First of all, If you wish to know about that time period and the revolt, I suggest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_Kokhba_revolt as the website to check out. According to True Tales of Terror, “The Judean Desert in Israel is one of the most desolate and barren places on Earth. Midday temperatures can reach one hundred and twenty degrees.” Kinda like Tucson in August. During the Bar-Kokhba era, Jewish families were trapped in the cave by Romans and “were deprived of food and water and were forced to eat the flesh of the dead to survive.” Kinda like Tucson in August.
Cave of Crystals, Mexico – 2000
Located 1,000 feet below the surface in the Naica Mine, the Cave of Crystals contained approximately 20 crystals, some weighing in excess of 10 tons. To preserve the cave, it was sealed off with a locked steel door. Soon after a worker there gained entry through a small hole. “He carried a rope, a crowbar, and several plastic bags filled with fresh air.” When he became weak and dizzy, he reached for his bags of air only to find they had been punctured by the crystals. Ha! Snigger….snort. Bwaaaahahahahahaha! Dork.
Mark Twain Cave, Missouri – 1849
It seems in 1849, a Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell purchased the cave and sealed the entrance with a heavy wooden door. Why you ask? Well, when the door was torn down, townspeople discovered a glass cylinder enclosed in a copper cylinder suspended by cables from the cave ceiling. “The top was open to allow viewing of the alcohol-embalmed body of McDowell’s fourteen-year-old daughter who had died from a childhood disease.” I don’t often say this, but ewwwwwwwwwwwww!
In a final note, the author writes “if you are interested in cave exploration after reading this book, contact the National Speleological Society.” Seriously? After filling your book with horrendous happenings in caves, you really think I’m going to pick up caving?
Lastly, while flipping through channels on 05/15/2013 to see what was on, I ran across a blurb for Unsolved Mysteries in which “an employees remains are found stuffed in the planet’s furnace.” Huh? The planet’s furnace? If he was stuffed that far down surely there wasn’t anything left to find!