Watsonville was near enough to Santa Cruz to allow us easy access to the bookstores there. After visiting our potential customers, we went to the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.
The Mystery Spot is one of several "gravitational anomalies" along the Pacific Coast (two more in California, and one highly reputable one in Gold Hill, Oregon). Many people have seen these places featured on TV shows about the unsolved or the paranormal.
So you can see a visit to the Mystery Spot was in order.
We did witness some anomalies, although the construction of the house created a great deal of optical illusion to enhance the actual effect. The tour guide used levels to show us places that were level, but appeared to be decidedly un-level. Some of these spots were tilted one direction (according to the level), but things would roll uphill!
|The entrance road to the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.|
The perception while participating was that the other person actually got taller. However after examining the pictures below, I realized that once I was inside the circle, I was leaning decidedly backwards, creating the illusion that she had gotten taller.
|We start off the same height.|
|Now she's taller--or is she?|
|The steep hill to the house.|
|A level testified to the perfect position of this board, but...|
|The billiard ball, when placed on one side of the board, rolled back "uphill" to the other.|
|The only clear shot I got in this room. I tried very hard to stay upright for the photo. You can see how everyone leans to keep their balance.|
|Good-bye to the Mystery Spot.|
|Parked at Pacifica.|
|Visible erosion. The little ledge sticking out is the asphalt that used to be a parking area. I was told the cliff used to extend at least another 100 feet further out, but the sea is persistent.|