The Seven Wonders of the World – According to John W Strobel III
The Western Hemisphere, the “New World,” was slighted when the Seven Wonders of the World were chosen. That is probably due to the fact that indigenous people of the west in ancient times were not consulted when the list was drawn up. And that is very likely due to the fact that the early scholars of the world were not aware that those cultures even existed. However, as in law, ignorance is no excuse for criminal activity. It is no excuse for leaving Wonders of the West out of the Wonders of the World.
This is a subject that has bothered me since the fourth grade when my teacher (Mr. Keller) tried to explain why there were no wonders of the world in our hemisphere. His explanation is lost in the tumult of time but whatever it was it evidently didn’t make an impression on me for lo, these seventy years later I still am confounded with the fact that there are few lists with wonders of the west included.
Having traveled the West extensively, I propose a challenge to the original list with one that includes some of the most spectacular mountains, rivers, places and views in the world, right here in our Western Hemisphere.
If I, somehow, was miraculously given the right to select the Seven Wonders of the World my list would be very different from the ancient one. My list might look like this:
- TheGrand Canyon
- Yosemite National Park
- The Great Pyramid of Giza
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- The Sistine Chapel of St. Peter’s Church in Rome
- Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park
I’m sure there would be great disagreement among those who would wish to put their favorite sites in the list of seven. So to give them their due I propose the original list of the Seven Wonders of the World be extended to the Ten Wonders of the World. After all, there are now more than 7 billion humans living on this planet and, if they are like the two or three hundred I know, they can be pretty circumspect when it comes to naming their favorite place on earth.
But, if, in the final analysis, we were to extend the list to ten then the following would be my choices for those selections:
8. The Mojave Desert
9. Mount McKinley and the Danali National Park
10. The Channel Islands National Monument
#10 is, of course, a very personal choice that I encourage you to experience for yourselves. On those rare clear days one can see all seven of the Channel Islands that stand out like precious pearls in a necklace of scattered mountain tops sticking up out of the emerald green sea. From Catalina to the south they include Santa Barbara, San Nicholas, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and farthest north, San Miguel Island. Viewed from Two Trees at the top of a hill above the Mission City of San Buenaventura, there is no more spectacular sight in the west.
Ok, I’ve had my say, now who wants to challenge my selections and add a few of their own?
Photo Credit: Paul J. Thompson @ Flickr
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