Thursday, March 5, 2015

Why visit England? Stonehenge right here in America

      Stonehenge and those other rock-enhanced spiritual sites of the British Isles have always been a dream of mine to visit. In typical fashion, however, Americans have made it so we don’t have to cross The Pond to experience such ancient relics.
      Mark Cline has created a full-size replica of Stonehenge located in Natural Bridge, Virginia, which has to be just as good as the English model, even if it’s made entirely of Styrofoam. You don’t have to worry about upsetting an ancient site, either, because these babies emerged on April Fool’s Day, 2004. So get up close to Foamhenge and touch those stones.
      Another place to satisfy your ancient Anglo lust is Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska, built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father. This replica of Stonehenge was created by burying vintage cars painted gray in just the right places — they even celebrate the summer solstice here. The circle consists of “three standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and two station stones and includes a ‘Car Art Preserve’ with sculptures made from cars and parts of cars,” according to the web site.
      Mark your calendars for Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, when the moon will align with the sun for a total eclipse and Carhenge and Alliance will be in the centerline of the eclipse’s path. The viewing is expected to be excellent.

      So save your pennies. Stonehenge and all its astronomical powers exist in America.


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