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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
However, it's not the "quietest" place in America by a long shot. This is the quietest place in America...
It's at Orfield Laboratories in Minnesota. Sound here is actually measured in negative decibels (if that is even comprehensible). They say no person has ever stayed inside longer than 45 minutes...it drives people crazy.
I'd love to go there sometime because I love quiet. The World is WAY too noisy! I'm thinking I'd last longer than 45 minutes. After a couple hours or so people would be asking...'Where the hell is Bob?????'. Then they'd open the door and find me sound asleep napping. Oh yeah!
ETA - Some people just cannot stand quiet! My sister is one of these people. If there's no noise, she'll start making some. Silence just drives her crazy! I am the exact opposite. I think all people should have to go sit in a forest like you posted...for longer than 45 minutes!
ETA 2 - The only thing better than taking a nap at Orfield Labs would be taking a nap inside Orfield Labs while laying in a body temperature sensory deprivation pool taking a nap! Now that would be awesome!
originally posted by: ColeYounger
The Hoh Rainforest is located on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington state. The rainfall promotes the growth of thick moss, which attenuates sound, making the area as quiet as an insulated recording studio.
The park contains the largest coniferous forest in the lower 48 U.S. states and has one of the most untouched environments in the country. Over 300 bird species and 70 species of mammals can be found here.
The park is monitored for possible 'noise intrusions', and tourism isn't promoted here the way it is with most national parks.
In this audio clip, you hear frogs, birds, insects, and dripping water, but you can also get a feel of the quiet that surrounds the place. I love listeming to it in a darkened room.
One Square Inch
Here is a nice page from BBC Travel on Olympic National Park, where the forest is located.
If you come from a red rock and cactus state the green almost hurts your eyes, hundreds of shades of green. The moss covers the ground deadening any sound. '' Coming in to Port Angeles bringin in a couple of keys."
originally posted by: Artemis12
Tranquility in the most serene place in America.