This week we're thirsty for mind-bending views and otherworldly horizons. It's time to get surreal.
1. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Thousands of glowworms glimmer overhead as you take a spellbinding boat ride down the Waitomo River. Forget Disney Land; this is the most magical place on Earth.
The Arachnocampa luminosa worm is unique to New Zealand, so you won't get this experience anywhere else. The caves are open 365 days of the year, and tour guides are on hand to clue you in to the geology and history of the home of these fascinating, flickering creatures.
2. Deadvlei, Namibia
This "dead marsh" in the Namib-Naukluft National Park looks more like something from a Dali painting than a scene from real life, reminding us of all that is weird and wonderful in the world.
3. Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska
Travel to these ice caves by land or by lake for a jaw-dropping, frozen encounter with Mother Nature.
4. The Wave, Arizona
The swell and flow of this Navajo sandstone formation is making our heads spin.
Like all the best venues, this one is exclusive. You have to submit a lottery application four months in advance to obtain a permit to hike Coyote Buttes North (home of The Wave), and only a small percentage of applications get approved. A meager ten permits are issued a day, and your best bet is to apply to go alone in the off-season. May the odds be ever in your favor.
5. Northern Lights
Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, or Sweden? Deciding where to view the Northern Lights is the definition of a win-win situation.
On second thought, why not visit each one? After all, the Northern Lights aren't stingy with which colors they display; the entire prism is up for grabs.
6. Thor's Well, Oregon
Located off Cape Perpetua, Thor's "hole" in the Pacific Ocean is actually a salt water fountain. Only an appearance by Chris Hemsworth could make this site more surreal.
7. Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, Bahamas
The unexpected hue on Harbor Island is caused by single cell, shelled animals called Foraminifera. These microscopic organisms get washed on the shore with the waves, creating a rosy launching pad for swimmers and snorkelers.
8. Gulf of Alaska
In the Gulf of Alaska, sediment-rich river runoff and water from the Pacific Ocean appear to clash. The drastically different shades of blue suggest that each type of water remains independent, but these two sources do eventually mix. In fact, this mixture plays a crucial role in carrying iron out into the ocean. Still, the point where the waters meet has undeniable visual impact.
We believe in dreaming big, and Cactus Water is the realization of our dream for a fresh, functional, and healthy beverage. Our offices in Downtown LA provide some pretty surreal views.