Reduced heads. A nudist resort. George McFly’s footprints. If spring draws you outside for warm-weather adventures just this side of the weird and the unusual, look no further than your own backyard. The Louis Reedy Press-based editor makes it fun to have a stay at home, treasure-hunting for all kinds of weird, wonderful, and obscure sights and sensations – some hidden in plain sight – with his series of secret guides. (Full disclosure: This writer is the author of “Secret Cincinnati.”) Here are some of the latest titles in the series, with writers sharing their thoughts on the really weird in their backyard. Author Anastasia “Stasha” Mills Healy shows off the lengths The “secret” authors embark on their quest for history through an excursion to the Thimble Islands. “I felt like I was in a spy movie, standing alone at the end of a dock, out of season, with no one around, looking out on the horizon, waiting for a contact that I didn’t ‘had never met to take me to a remote island, “she said.” I should have worn a fedora and a trench coat and talked up my sleeve! “The Contact, a Thimble Islands owner,” graciously said spent the afternoon with Healy, showing her around her two homes, sharing information and answering questions. “He put me back on the dock several hours later,” she said. “No debriefing required.” The bizarre: The 360-acre Solair Recreation League is a nudist resort in Woodstock, Connecticut with a private lake with beach, swimming pool, tennis courts and hiking trails, and accommodations that include cabins, recreational vehicles “Solair’s 350 members certainly wouldn’t call it ‘weird’,” Healy said. “But for the uninitiated, walking around naked on a Sunday sundae with your kids and a bunch of other families would be just that.” The Wonderful: Sleep in accommodations designed by an architect like an actual 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F helicopter at the luxury Winvian Resort in Morris, Connecticut. As if that wasn’t unusual enough, the back of the helicopter includes a TV, sofa and fridge, so you can grab a cold one, kick up your feet and watch the news in your own private helicopter. next to your bed and your hot tub, ”Healy said. The Obscure: On the little-known island of Enders, the grounds of a spiritual retreat are open to the public and programs – from the sacred history of the bagpipe to silent retreats – and private rooms or dormitories are available for overnight guests. Ryan Roenfeld’s book is one of the final titles in the “Secret” series, with delivery starting May 15th. in downtown Omaha holds over tha n 500,000 volumes and a scalp – that of William Thompson, who lost it in a fight with the Cheyenne in 1867. “You can’t verify it,” Roenfeld said. “But can make a reservation to take a look.” The Wonderful: The intersection of North 24th and Lake Streets in Omaha is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An intersection? “It was the subject of a song by Mississippi bluesman Big Joe Williams.” The Obscure: In 1866, Civil War soldier and Irish Revolutionary General John O’Neill invaded Canada with over 1000 Fenians (Irish Republican Brotherhood) to encourage the cause of Irish independence. Her grave and memorial, dedicated in 1911 by Eamon de Valera, President of the Republic of Ireland, can be found in the Cemetery of the Holy Sepulcher. Author Janice Oberding and her husband, Bill, were lost in Lone Mountain Cemetery in the search for the grave of Mark Twain’s niece, Jennie Clemens. When a herd of deer suddenly appeared, Oberding felt certain they were there to help. “We like to think that they took pity on us and tried to show us the way,” she says. ? Find one in the Curiosity Collection (Taxidermy Animals, Fertility Statues) at the Wilbur D. May Museum in Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park The Marvelous: Writer and humorist Mark Twain in 1863 , named Steamboat Hot Springs for its resemblance to a steamboat. “When he wasn’t causing trouble in Virginia City, he enjoyed escaping and soothing his quivering nerves here,” Oberding said. The Obscure: The artist who carved the four presidential faces at Mount Rushmore is linked to Omaha. “Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created a statue of John Mackay in 1908,” said Oberding. “Mackay was one of the four so-called Bonanza kings who drew their wealth from mining for silver in the nearby town of Virginia City. ” Find it at the ATV on the Nevada Reno University campus. Delivery begins May 15 for this new title, written by Jeremy Pugh and Mary Brown Malouf. The Strange: Fate? Maybe. Thomas Battersby Child, Jr., a self-taught foreign artist, stonemason, Mormon bishop, and local businessman, created an odd sculpture garden in his backyard in the mid-20th century. Filled with original biblical and Mormon-themed pieces, it’s calls “Gilgal,” a word that means “stone circle” in Hebrew and a place name in the Book of Mormon. 45 years ago, in a desert location near Lucin, Utah, a ghost town The solar tunnels may look like industrial waste, but they are aligned at different solar times. (The authors recommend filling up with gasoline, bringing food, and alerting people to your route before making the trek.) The obscure: see the handprints of the actor dec al Crispin Glover in front of the Tower Theater. And not just his handprints, but also his footprints. And not just his own, but Howard’s “Dr. Johnny Fever ”(“ WKRP in Cincinnati ”) Hesseman as well. All because of a 1992 gem of a cult classic called “Rubin and Ed”. Author Joann Hill has met many fascinating people while researching his book, including Robert Hoffman, aka HOFF the Harmonica Man, who has the largest collection of harmonica cases in the world. “HOFF’s collection, exceeding 500 cases, is proudly featured in my book,” said Hill. “I am so happy that our paths have crossed.” The bizarre: A model lived for 42 days in a glass cube built atop the colossal and iconic Big Chair that stands 19 feet tall in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood. The cube is long gone, but the chair remains a popular photo stop. The Marvelous: A Carousel Horse Linked to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “I Have A Dream” speech? August 28, 1963 – the day King gave the speech during the March on Washington – Gwynn Oak Amusement Park just outside Baltimore ended segregation, and an 11 month old girl named Sharon Langley became the first black child to ride the carousel. . He is now in Washington, DC and called the carousel on the National Mall. The Obscure: Meet suffragist Alice Stokes Paul, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the lyrics to “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, and other famous women with the Call Box art project downtown. Inoperative emergency call boxes have been transformed into art installations and historical markers honoring famous women throughout history. Travel and lifestyle author and writer Kathy Witt believes you should never come to the end of your to-do list; there is too much to see and do in the world. Copyright 2021 Tribune Content Agency. .