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Travel to the Oregon Vortex

Updated on March 21, 2013
Technology says this house is level
Technology says this house is level | Source

Oregon's House of Mystery

Once considered "forbidden land" by the Native American Indians, The Oregon Vortex to this day is a place of strange phenomena and unexplainable scientific data. The most notable of all is how gravity is defied in front of your very eyes.

A reservation is not needed and groups are given discounts according to their website but the pricing is very reasonable regardless. A guide will take your group on a tour that lasts maybe an hour. Our guide was friendly and she was full of facts about the history of the place.

Then the demonstrations begin ...

A broom stands erect in the middle of the crooked structure, a golf ball rolls up a 2x4 instead of down and water trickles up wood, not down. All phenomena my sister and I witnessed during our west coast road trip which led us through Oregon.

We also participated in the demonstrations as seen below. The pictures represent my sister and I standing on a level piece of wood yet our heights seem to be altered when we switch ends. One, another participant brought his own level, which staff encourage, and verified we were in fact standing on level ground. Two, the picture was taken with our own camera so no tricks could played.

Not only will some of the gravity defying demonstrations make you scratch your head but so will the pictures you capture on your digital still camera, which is also allowed. Maybe you'll capture something on film to make you a believer. The shop on-site also has an album of pictures taken by visitors over many years that have captured orbs and strange images on film. Some of them were taken before digital cameras took over.

Not only is the scenery breathtaking and even if you are a skeptic that believes The Oregon Vortex is an optical illusion, you have to appreciate the unexplained events. Like, why horses won't enter the vortex or why not one bird has ever been present in the area, according to our tour guide. We were in the middle of the woods but weren't bitten by bugs or anything. But maybe that's because we are from Texas and our mosquitoes are bigger ;)

You have to see it to believe it but it's a place I highly recommend checking out if you're ever on the west coast.

Look close and you'll see the difference between the two pictures
Look close and you'll see the difference between the two pictures | Source
This old shed is considered level with our technology.
This old shed is considered level with our technology. | Source

How to Get to Oregon Vortex

A marker4303 Sardine Creek Left Fork Road -
4303 Left Fork Sardine Creek Rd, Gold Hill, OR 97525, USA
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    • Brigitte Thompson profile image

      Brigitte Thompson 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Cool! Never heard of this place until I started hoping Hubs. Nice write up.

    • mecheshier profile image

      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Yes, I have been there. What a strange place indeed. There are other similar vortexes in the world which are also unexplained. Although I did once read a scientific article on this phenomena that explained it in detail. Wish I would have saved the clip. Thank you for sharing such a great Hub. Voted up for awesome.

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      It looks like a very interesting place to visit! Do you have your own theory for the phenomena? Vote up!