National Park Mystery Spot 47: My Mind’s Eye Saw Them

Mystery Spot 47 is a named feature in one of America’s nearly 400 national parks. See if you can identify it using the clues provided below. Traveler readers answering correctly will be eligible for our monthly prize drawing and a chance to win a signed copy of Stephen R. Brown's beautiful photo book, the Jewel of the Mall: The World War II Memorial.

Here are all the clues you should need to identify this mystery spot:

Along the shore
There are seekers of ore
In an ancient keep, high above a vast deep.
My mind’s eye saw them, though they’re not real men
As we passed them once, and soon once again.

Bonus clue, no extra charge: Some are round and hollow, their glitter hidden.

Remember that this is a two-part question. To get full credit you must identify the specific physical or cultural feature as well as the national park in which it is located. Good Luck!

The answer and a list of readers submitting correct answers will be posted in tomorrow's Traveler.

No cheating!

If we catch you Googling or engaged in other sneakery, we will make you write a 2,500 word essay discussing the etymology, literal meaning, and contemporary interpretations of “Der Blinde erklärt dem Einäugigen die Farben.”

Comments

the mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument

Sorry, Caprice; it's not the mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument. That was an imaginative guess, though.

The Fossil Hills in Agate Fossil Beds National Monument?

Another imaginative guess, Ranger Dave, but it's not Fossil Hills in Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Please try again.

How about Keewenaw National Historical Park....Quincy Mine?

Right forest, Eric, but wrong tree.

Agate Beach at Isle Royale National Park

Good Job, jchappell740. Welcome to the Winners Circle. Judging from early returns, it might be kinda lonely in there today.

Sorry, Moon Pie, but it's not Agate Beach at Isle Royale National Park.

Septarian Geodes in Zion National Park.

Scotty's Castle at Death Valley National Park

Not Septarian Geodes in Zion National Park and Scotty's Castle at Death Valley National Park.

Ranger Dave, the feature is not a beach. Otherwise, you are hot, hot, hot.

Calumet and Hecla Mine at Keweenaw National Historical Park

Not Calumet and Hecla Mine at Keweenaw National Historical Park, Caprice, but you are thinking along the correct lines.

You nailed it, Eric Nelson. I think you'll find the explanation of the clues interesting. You obviously got enough of it to work with, but there was more help in there than you realize.

Bingo, Ranger Dave! You're in.

Copper Mining Pits in Isle Royale National Park.

Not Copper Mining Pits in Isle Royale National Park. Very imaginative guess, though.

It is time for a boldly stupid guess (aided by the comment section):

Coppertown Mining Museum in Keewenaw National Historic Park.

Now you can slap me with an exceedingly cold fish from the waters of beautiful Lake Superior.

My guess is The Temple of Sinawava in Zion National Park

Watch out for that cold fish, Kevin M. And Ken, nice guess, but it's not in Zion.

David Crowl, congrats! C'mon in and ask Kevin M for his fish so the chef can prep it for lunch!

No business in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

No business? Anyhoo..... not in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Pattern Shop at KEWE (Keweenaw NHP)?

Amygdaloidal basalt flows at Keweenaw National Historical Park

Amygdaloidal?! I haven't seen that word since I took a petrology course at Western Michigan University back in '63. Thanks for the memories. Sigh...... Nope; not basalt flows of any description at Keweenaw National Historical Park. You are fishing in the right pond, though.

I must say, tomp2, you come up with the most interesting ideas. Not the Pattern Shop at Keweenaw NHP, but you are fishing in the right pond.

I will try Keweenaw National Historical Park The Cliff Mine

The mystery spot is not in Keewenaw National Historical Park, Ken and ILoveRoadTrips

Good job, KevinM. Welcome to the (uncrowded) Winners Circle.

Is it the Dunes at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

Sorry, Ken; the mystery spot is not in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Ken and sierra Sharon have both nailed it. Well done!

how about Devil's Island Lighthouse in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore?

Not Devil's Island Lighthouse in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, but you are fishing in the correct pond.

How about Amygdaloid Island in Isle Royale National Park?

And if needing a dictionary makes me a cheater... then I suppose I'll need to start work on my 2,500 word essay.

Not Amygawatchamacallit at Isle Royale National Park, Eric. Please try again.

You nailed it, Eric. And with 93 minutes to spare! ;o) Good job.