This is just a recollection of my mission to Mystery Spot, CA, a few months back. I first heard about this place when I saw people with the bumper
stickers on their cars. This became numerous enough for me to check up on it online, and group of friends and I decided to finally investigate after
seeing the stickers for so many years. After some googling and such about the subject, we were unconvinced and highly skeptical.
The pictures of the house looked like they designed it in such a manner that it created optical illusions and effects to compliment the slant of the
hill. The pictures that made us laugh were the ones of the old school dudes leaning from edges of tables over another leaning himself! We figured we
would test the spot out since we were close in the Bay Area, and we could continue along the route (if it ended up as bogus as we imagined), hit the
coast, and drive up to Half Moon Bay so that the trip would be worth it no matter what.
This is the official website to get a quick bio/background on the subject:
We got there around noon and paid $5 for a tour later in the day. It is a narrow, windy road to get there in the cuts of the Santa Cruz mountains, so
it was all beautiful nature with spatterings of civilization. The spot itself was amusing upon arrival and did nothing to soften our skepticism. But
we were all in good spirits (took a hike in nature right before our tour) and ready to investigate.
The tour started off with a group of us gathering in a little area while an obnoxious (but befitting) tour guide yapped away about this and that.
There were two wooden planks that he was sitting on, which he demonstrated as being level using a level. We were allowed to test this ourselves, and
upon inspection, the level (tool) seemed fine. Then he had two people of similar height stand on either edge of the wooden planks (which were situated
parallel to each other and horizontally to the audience and the guide).
I must admit, this "trick" worked because I started to get interested. One lady was shorter than the other when standing on either side of the
planks, and when they switched places it was vice versa! I was scanning the boards, the level, the background elements, anything that could explain
this, but I decided to let it slide as I could not find anything glaringly obvious. Plus, I began to feel a leaden weight in my legs... and so did all
of my friends.
After some meandering in this section, we were instructed to climb a hill. Strangely enough, this feeling in our legs spread to the rest of our bodies
and two of my friends started to feel a bit ill and light-headed. The hillclimb looked so chill and easy that it was surprising when it was... pretty
damn hard to walk up that hill. I am in my mid-20s so I should have flown up that hill but...
When we got to the top of this strenuous, slightly-nauseating hike, we were told to stop and look down at our feet and at each other. I have hiked
many times, on many different slopes, but what I witnessed blew me away. My friend and I could not stop laughing for what our eyes were seeing was...
ridiculous! When I looked at my friends, they were leaning at utterly ridiculous angles... MJ's Moonwalker style! Not only that, but when you looked
down at your feet, they were nowhere under your head, but far back behind you and for me it was also to the left slightly. I tried this on a normal
hill after I left the place and my feet were directly under me. This was done facing uphill. When I turned the other way (facing downhill) I could
stand on my heels! This may seem like nothing at first, but then we leaned back... and then more so! I was laughing constantly because I could not
comprehed why my body was not falling even though my instincts were tensing up like I should be. It feels like... a soft cushion or cloud that is
holding you there... so rather than being held up, you feel pushed up (if that makes any sense).
Directly after this part is another hill with very much the same angle to the slope, but as soon as you enter it the leaden, compressed feeling is
gone and you can walk up without a hitch or any extra effort. It felt like we were "released" and walking was back to normal.
The house that everybody sees in pictures is actually suspect for me. The guide told us the house slid down the hill from its original construction
point, but I was weary of the details showing that the angles and the planks that made the house were not originally straight... where planks were
joined together were angles and such, so I was extremely skeptical of the illusions that this part encouraged. I could just see in the construction
that it was all to compliment the "feeling" that was genuinely
Despite the extreme slopes and angles of the house, there were a few weird things (again, they could all have been visual illusions at this point of
the tour) to point out. Perhaps it is the angles throwing off the equilibrium, but I felt that it was damn hard to walk throught he house, even with
the slope of the ground. And when I walked from one corner of a room to the other (diagonally), it really felt like I was gonna eat it. My friends who
were already on the other side watched my progress and could not stop laughing due to the illusion that I was walking so crooked and leaning that it
In this same room another visitor grabbed the upper lining of a doorway and pulled himself up. Instead of hanging straight down, he hung at the same
angle that we all stood at. I thought that anybody hanging from a sill with one hand on either side will be at such an angle due to the elbows being
bent, but our leans were definitely Moonwalker status. My friend stood looking one way while I stood next to him looking the other way... and we both
leaned (same direction) as far as we could take it. At this point we had the attention of the whole tour group and we were laughing like crazy because
we could not believe what our eyes were telling us. It was extreme, from what I heard. I could not prove that something was indeed amiss, but my body
like it should be falling, but I could keep leaning more and more! There was also a ladder on the wall that you could climb at and angle
with no hands, but this could just be the construction of the house.
Continued next post
[edit on 14-7-2008 by astronomine] spelling, grammar, wording...
[edit on 14-7-2008 by astronomine]