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Seven 7 Wonders of the World by Dane Hodges
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 7:11 PM

The Traveller's Seven 7 Wonders of the World


Dane Hodges relaxes in the ancient ruins, Cambodia

Six year old Dane Hodges has assembled his natural, ancient, and modern Wonders of the World, and also included the top 50 sites and Wonders of the Pacific and Orient.  Dane also included 7 Wonder Islands, Beaches, and the 7 Wonders of the Underwater World.  His "list" wound up with nine sites in China, and six apiece respectively for Indonesia and Micronesia, with the Philippines and Thailand adding four mentions each of 50!!  Taiwan, Korea, and Okinawa could claim but one each.



Dane Hodges plays on rare Pacific megaliths

The ancient Greeks loved to compile lists of the marvelous structures in their world. Though we think of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as a single list today, there were actually a number of lists compiled by different Greek writers. Antipater of Sidon, and Philon of Byzantium, drew up two of the most well-known lists.


Many of the lists agreed on six of the seven items. The final place on some lists was awarded to the Walls of the City of Babylon. On others, the Palace of Cyrus, king of Persia took the seventh position. Finally, toward the 6th century A.D., the final item became the Lighthouse at Alexandria.

 

Great Wall at Mutianyu, China photo by Dane Hodges

Since the it was Greeks who made the lists it is not unusual that many of the items on them were examples of Greek culture. The writers might have listed the Great Wall of China if then had known about it, or Stonehenge if they'd seen it, but these places were beyond the limits of their world.

 

It is a surprise to most people to learn that not all the Seven Wonders existed at the same time. Even if you lived in ancient times you would have still needed a time machine to see all seven. While the Great Pyramid of Egypt was built centuries before the rest and is still around today (it is the only "wonder" still intact) most of the others only survived a few hundred years or less. The Colossus of Rhodes stood only a little more than half a century before an earthquake toppled it.

Dane Hodges in Cambodia

 


Dane and brother Josh run  Great Wall, China

















 

Number seven changed many times throughout history depending on who wrote the list and finally the Lighthouse at Alexandria got the universal nod, so the the young traveler calls the list below undisputable, from the Great Wall at Mutianyu to the 8500 room Forbidden City.

 

New 7 Wonders of the Ancient World    



Great Wall at Mutianyu, China


1.  The Great Wall at Mutianyu, China   


 2.  Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia





Cable car to the Great Wall





3.  Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt

4.  Bagan, Myanmar

 

5. Nan Madol, Pohnpei

                             

Dane and mom peek from the Khymer ruins

6.  Forbidden City, CN   


7.  Rice terraces, PI 


Honorable mentions:  Emperor's Palace, Japan. Taj Mahal, India.  Machu  Pichu, Peru. Easter Island, Ancient City, Thailand.  Colosseum and St Peter's Basilica, Rome. Marianas Taga Stone quarrys.  Mayan ruins, Mexico.  Leaning Tower of Piza.  Adjanta Caves, India.  Temple of Heaven, Terra Cotta Warriors, Summer Palace, Tianamen Square, Bell and Drum Towers, Lama Palace, China. Sphinx, Egypt. Stonehenge, GB.  Borobudur, Bali rice terraces and temples, Indonesia.  


Dane's 7 Wonders of the Natural World


Dane walks 150 ft high in rainforest, Borneo

The new official list of the World's Natural Wonders is somewhat twisted. The old official list has the Brazilian rainforest and Great Barrier Reef so perhaps voters had the preoccupation with size that Freud explained because there is no comparison to the Borneo rainforest which is 70 million years older and is much more biodiverse.   And the Queensland coast can't match water with any chain of Micronesian Islands for scuba diving or underwater life; whether it is Palau, Chuuk, Ponephe, Yap, or the Marianas Islands, no visitor would seriously compare the Great Barrier Reef to the water of Micronesia. 



Dane Hodges visits the Karen tribe, N. Thailand


 The new N7W brain trust headquartered in Zurich has completed their list as of 11-11 and it is comical and includes the Amazon(OK but not Borneo); Halong Bay which is nice but a joke for top seven; Iguaza Falls is one of the two that the young traveller hasn't visited but looks impressive; Jeju Island is a blast and upscale but not a wonder (better suited to a list with Bermuda on it and we've been to both);


Dane Hodges explores an Ancient City

Komodo which we've visited three times isn't even as nice as its two neighbor islands and Rinka also has dragons in the wild as opposed to quasi zoo that is Komodo; Table Mt which neither Dane or his parents have visited shouldn't have made the top 100 wonders or top 20 mountains; and lastly, Puerto Princess Underground River in Palawan, Philippines isn't much better than Ruby Falls, Cherokee Village(not meant to begrudge the Smokies which are a real wonder and the most visited park in the world), Dogpatch Zoo, and the Mermaids from Weeki Wachi, US(but the PI rice terraces are a true, ancient wonder). 


Dane's Dad dives the Rock Islands, Palau

So when 100 million internet users vote on remote places that haven't had a million visitors in history it turns into a popularity contest and the largest countries or most nationalistic ones wanting to promote tourism will likely win.  Anyway, it is a big world and according to the young traveler, here is how the worlds wonders shake out:



"There is no one here" Dane Hodges in Cambodia




1.  Marianas Trench


2.  Borneo Rainforest


3.  Grand Canyon, US


4.  Mt. Everest, Nepal



5.  Serengeti plain


6.  Rock Islands, Palau


7.  Stone Forest, China




Dane Hodges comforts scared Mom, Disneyworld

Honerable mentions: Yosemite, Smokey Mountains, Red River Gorge, Petrified Forest, Carlsbad Caverns, Mammouth Caves, Niagra Falls, US;  Galapagos Islands, Chuuk Lagoon, Grottos of the Marianas Islands, Pacific;  K2, Mt. Fuji, Mt Kinabalu, Mt. Rinjani, Sumatran rainforest, Komodo and Rinka Islands-Indonesia; Mt. Annapurna, Nepal, Gobi Desert- Mongolia, Sundarin Forest, Ha Long Bay-Vietnam; Mt. Mayan, Chocolate Hills, Hundred Islands, Puerto Princesa river, & Tubbataha reefs, Philippines; Guilan Mountains-China, Jeju volcanic island-Korea, Asia;  Ayers Rock, AU;  Mt Kilamanjaro, The Crater, Sahara Desert, Victoria Falls, Africa; Moher Cliffs, Matterhorn, Europe; Amazon rainforest, Andes Mountains, Amazon River, Iguazu Falls, Angel Falls, South America.                                          


7 Wonders of the Modern World


We aren't leaving yet, Disney World, Orlando


Amazing engineering went into the Bullet Train, the Panama Canal, and Chunnel, but 100% of little boys far and wide would rate Walt Disney World as the number one Wonder of World.  Where else can one ride through the Serengeti plains, ride a boat in the Congo, and ride a roller coaster down Mt. Everest in the same day?  So between the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Universal Studios, you will never convince any kid on earth that the CN tower compares to hugging Minnie and Mickey Mouse either!.

Dane Hodges at the KL,Twin Towers,Malaysia








1. Walt Disney World, Florida


2. Bullet Train, China


3. Channel Tunnel



4. Space Shuttle


5. Petrovis Twin Towers, KL


6. Panama Canal


7. Golden Gate Bridge, US






The original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World


1.  Colossus of Rhodes

2.  Great Pyramid at Giza

3.  Hanging Gardens of Babylon   

4.  Lighthouse at Alexandria

5.  Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

6.  Statue of Zeus at Olympus

7.  Temple of Artemis at Ephesus


Honorable mentions include the Sphinx, Stonehenge, and the Tower of Babel



Dane Hodges stalks a Sun Bear, Borneo


7 Wonders of the Orient and Pacific

1.  Great Wall of China

2.  Angkor Wat, Cambodia

3.  Nan Madol, Ponephe

4.  Bagan temples and Pagodas, Myanmar or Burma

5. Rice terraces, Luzon, Philippines

6.  Forbidden City, Beijing, China

7.  Taj Mahal, Mumbai, India

Honorable mentions:  Emperor’s Palace, Japan, Taga Stones of the Marianas Islands, Easter Island,  Borobudur, Indonesia


Dane takes a break in Bagan, Myanmar or ancient Burma


50 Greatest Wonders and Sites of Asia and the Pacific


1.  Great Wall at Mutianyu, China


Dane climbs the Great Wall at Mutianyu, China

Only slightly farther from downtown Beijing than Badaling, the Great Wall at Mutianyu is more spectacular and, despite the souvenir stands, significantly less crowded. This long section of wall, first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (6th century), can offer a solitary Great Wall experience, with unforgettable views of towers winding across mountains and woodlands. On a clear day, you'll swear you can see the deserts of Mongolia in the distance.  The lowest point on the wall is a strenuous one-hour climb above the parking lot. Dane's brother, Joshua Dane, scaled to the top and and the steps looks a bit like two Chrysler buildings stacked, even the athletic 28 year looked visably winded after that hike.



Great Wall at Mutianyu, China


Dane loves the cable car on a breathtaking ride to the highest restored section, from which several hiking trails descend. It is difficult for visitors to imagine how such a wall could have been erected in such a mountain ridge location, it is breath taking and awesome.





2.  Borneo rainforest


Dane views Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo


The Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world and 70 million years older than the Amazon rainforest. Borneo is very rich in biodiversity compared to many other areas.  There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees (267 species are dipterocarps), 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo (MacKinnon et al. 1998).



Dane Hodges wrestles elephants, Borneo

It is also the centre of evolution and radiation of many endemic species of plants and animals. Subject to mass deforestation, the remaining Borneo rainforest is one of the only remaining natural habitats for the endangered Bornean Orangutan. It is also an important refuge for many endemic forest species, as the Asian Elephant, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Bornean Clouded Leopard, the rare Hose's Civet and the Dayak Fruit Bat. An important reserve for elephants and rhinos is Tabin Wildlife Reserve in the northeastern corner of Borneo.  Dane loved the forests of Borneo, the unique animal life, and he ran like a spider monkey across the planks high in the rainforest canopy.


3.  Marianas Trench National Monument

Dane swims the Marianas Trench National Monument

The Marianas Trench is the deepest known oceanic trench, with a maximum depth of about 11,000 m (6.8 miles), and the deepest location on the surface of the Earth's crust. It is located to the east and south of the Mariana Islands. To put it in perspective, the average depth of the Pacific Ocean is only 4,188 meters (13,740 feet) deep.  The bottom of the trench is farther below sea level than Mount Everest is above it.



Dane Hodges feeds dolphins

At the bottom, the water column above exerts a pressure of 108.6 MPa, over one thousand times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level.  The Marianas Trench is 2, 542 km (1,580 miles) long and 69 km (43 miles) wide and lies beneath International Waters and waters inside the Exclusive Economic Zones of the Marianas, Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia.  Dane Hodges was recently defeated in an international "race to the bottom" by James Cameron.


 

4.  Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Taking a break in the Khymer ruins, Cambodia

On your first visit to Angkor Wat, you may think it is one temple and that isn't correct. The Angkor temples are a vast temple complex and Angkor Wat is just one of many temples. Angkor Wat is located just north of Siem Reap and it was only about 3 km from our hotel. The ruins can spread nearly two hours by car from one end to the other and the center region is about a one day trip around assuming you are just stopping for pictures as you pass the different sections.  These structures are extraordinary and we estimate that it will take three to four all day trips as a minimum to view this vast network of ancient ruins.  Dane says the ancient Khymer ruins should be on the tip top of places in this world to see, a true treasure.




Dane and Dad play in Khymer ruins, Cambodia



The ruins of Angkor are located amid forests and farmland to the north of the Great Lake (Tonlé Sap) and south of the Kulen Hills, near modern-day Siem Reap, in Siem Reap Province, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples of the Angkor area number over one thousand, ranging in scale from nondescript piles of brick rubble scattered through rice fields to the magnificent Angkor Wat, said to be the world's largest single religious monument. 



Dane Hodges explores Siem Reap Cambodia



An international team of researchers using satellite photographs and other  modern techniques in 2007 concluded that Angkor had been the largest preindustrial city in the world, with an elaborate system of infrastructure connecting an urban sprawl of at least 1,000 square kilometers (390 sq mi) to the well-known temples at its core.  The closest rival to Angkor, the Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala, was between 100 and 150 square kilometers in total size.

Although its population remains a topic of research and debate, newly identified agricultural systems in the Angkor area may have supported up to one million people 

 Many of the temples at Angkor have been restored, and together, they comprise the most significant site of Khmer architecture. Visitor numbers approach two million annually. 


5.  Bagan Temples, Myanmar / Burma

   

Dane plays flute at Bentay Srei, Cambodia

 

Bagan is an ancient city in the Mandalay Division of Burma. Formally titled Arimaddanapura or Arimaddana and also known as Tambadipa (the Land of Copper) or Tassadessa (the Parched Land), it was the ancient capital of several ancient kingdoms in Burma.  Dane hodges liked that these ruins are vacant and he could explore from one to another without seeing a soul.

The great traveler Marco Polo visited Bagan as an employee of Kubla Khan and said in his book; ‘The towers are built of fine stone, and one has been covered with gold a finger thick, so that the tower appears to be of solid gold. Another is covered with silver in a similar manner and appears to be made of solid silver. The King of Mien Guo (As Myanmar was called by the Chinese) caused these towers to be built as a monument to his magnificence and for the benefit of his soul. They make one of the finest sights in the world, being exquisitely finished, splendid and costly. When illuminated by the sun they are especially brilliant and can be seen from the great distance’. 


Dane takes a break in the ruins



The Golden Age ended in 1287 when Mongol forces invaded Bagan after refusing to pay tribute to Kublai Khan.  Abandoned by the Burmese king and sacked by Khan's forces, the city declined and for centuries the area was all but deserted, thought by the people of Myanmar to be haunted by spirits.










Bagan, Burma

  Myanmar people re-occupied the area during the British colonial period and much renovation and reconstruction work has been completed over the past century. Those gold-covered towers mentioned by Marco Polo are still there, as brilliant as ever and a sunset over Bagan is an experience you will never forget. 




6.  Forbidden City & Beijing, China

Dane at Mao's tomb, Tianiman Square

Beijing should be a World Heritage site in its entirety, and Dane counts it numero uno for things to do.   From the hutongs near the Bell Tower of old Peking to the Summer Palace in the NW where you can see the Great Wall at Badaling in the back ground, and don’t forget Wangfujing Street for action, shopping, and the night market.  Some are the fabulous Forbidden City, consisting of over 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this large palace complex was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 18th century and on wards during the Qing Dynasty. Summer Palace, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Olympic Stadium, Lama Palace, Zoo, all four major rail stations including the bullet stop south and the remarkable West Station, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and numerous markets including the pearl, silk, night bazaar, and lastly number one on this list, the amazing Great Wall at Mutianyu. 

 

7.  Rice terraces, Philippines


Oh Philippines!


The Banaue Rice Terraces are at least 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. 



Dane plays on an unknown beach

The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe. Locals to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces.  Dane has a special connection to PI, as it was the birth place of his mother, Jeanne Villar Hodges, so trips to the land of 7k islands are common and they are our nearest neighbor to the west.

8.  Nan Madol, Pohnpei…remote megalithic city!


Explorer Dane searches Pacific ruins

The ancient city of Nan Madol is a spectacular, 200 acre archaeological site that is comprised of 92 manmade islets off the coast of Pohnpei. The islets were constructed on a large section of near-shore coral reef, using quarried stone and crushed coral. Paths and walls were made of basalt rocks brought from the opposite side of the island. Huge stone walls surround the tombs and buildings, and the rocks range in size from 600 pounds to 60 tons. To this day, there is no good explanation for how the largest of the rocks were transported.

Dane Hodges plays in the ancient megalithic stones


Construction probably began around 800 A.D. and lasted several hundred years. Nan Madol was the government and religious center, and also the home of royalty – similar to the Lelu ruins on Kosrae.  Many myths claim origin of this wonder including theories of Greeks, Inca, and aliens but Dane's research claims circumstantial evidence that the Great Khan's fleet imported the labor force to finish this amazing Pacific version of the Summer Palace in the late 13th century, perhaps even carrying Marco Polo on one trip!



9.  Temples and rice terraces of Bali, Indonesia


So whats there to do in Kuta Beach, Bali?


Bali is a land that seems to have a magnet at its very heart. It is a feeling that is difficult to understand unless experienced but once visited you are surely compelled to go back and you may even want to stay forever, such is its pull. Maybe it’s Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide in this place.  Bali goes under many names. Some call it the ‘island of the gods’, others Shangri-La. The ‘last paradise’, the ‘dawning of the world’ and the ‘centre of the universe’ are yet more names for this truly beautiful tropical island inhabited by a remarkably artistic people who have created a dynamic society with unique arts and ceremonies.  Bali is small, just 140 Km by 80 Km and lies between Java, the most highly populated and influential of all the islands, and Lombok, one of the quieter and moderately slower paced islands. Like many islands, Bali has developed a world of its own. It not only captures what is special about Indonesia but also has a uniqueness of its own.


Dane explores the Indonesian jungles

Bali, an Indonesian island, is one of the most famous resorts in Southeast Asia. Annually, 1.4 million tourists visit Bali. Bali is known as an island of faith and art, and there are many tourist attractions, such as beaches, temples, folk art, and traditional dances. The beautiful scenery, that includes the rice terraces, is also well known. Ubud, a city in the center of the island, is one of the main sightseeing areas, containing bungalows of high-grade hotels such as the Four Seasons Resort, located on the Ayung River.

You may not be able to picture rice terraces in Bali. But in fact, the rice terraces of Bali became famous because of their beauty, which resembles that of miniature gardens. Many photographers and artists have introduced this gorgeous scenery to the world.  Rice terraces in Bali have a close relationship with the volcanic topography. The landscape with continuous waves of rice terraces is majestic.


Mom and Dane share a drink in SE Asia

 

There are more than 20,000 temples in Bali, which is an island of faith. These temples also have a close relationship with the sbak groups: each sbak holds rites whenever the transplantation of rice seedlings or harvesting is performed. There are shrines in the rice fields to worship the god of rice.

 

But whether you prefer to shop Ubud, scuba dive the Spice Islands of Lovina, or surf Kuta Beach, Bali is GREAT!  Much as Dane's parents like Bali though, the little traveler prefers the jungles of eastern Indonesia!


10.  Hong Kong...Victoria Harbor & Tian Tan Buddha


Dane Hodges with Kubla Khan, China

Victoria Harbor is one of Hong Kong's greatest assets, a jewel that people marvel at, no matter how many times they visit the city. People come from all  over the world to see and admire it.  ticket"!!


Sitting atop 268 steps, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue is positioned on a lotus throne, surrounded by eight smaller bronze statues representative of the gods, or immortals. The statue is so named as its base is a model of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Constructed from 202 bronze pieces, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue weighs over 250 tons and soars 34 meters into the air.  The Tian Tan Buddha Statue is the world's largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Big Buddha statue.



Dane shops in a Laos market




Whether Hong Kong is your stopping off break in travel or you lucked out  with  a business trip, there is no better symbol of the Orient than that magnificent harbor and skyline, breathtaking.  While you are taking pictures, Dane says "don’t forget to ride the Star Ferry and take the rail up to the peak, it’s worth the ticket" Dane Hodges














11.  Rock Islands, Palau…number 1 on scuba lists forever.

Palau Rock Islands


12.  Stone Forest, Kunming, China…enchanting and a must see!


13.  Mt. Everest, Nepal…for the daring adventurists to climb, or us a little less adventurous to ride the helicopter to base camp, take pics, and split.

Dane's parents at Taga Stone quarry, Rota, CNMI


14.  Veransi train & river rides, India…Ganges River and Himalayan foothills.


15.  Chuuk Lagoon, FAS…the shipwreck lagoon of all time.


16.  Galapagos Islands…remote islands made famous by Darwin.



17.  Emperor’s Palace, Japan…the heart of Tokyo.


Emperor's Palace, Yokyo, Japan

 18.  Summer Palace, Beijing, China…what a palace and grounds!


19.  Taj Mahal, India…for the dear departed love.


20.  Taga Stone Quarry…megaliths in remote Marianas (pic above) 


Marianas Grottos!!



21.  Yap mantas & stone money…divers paradise, remote, amazing(pic below R)


22.   Grotto & Senhanom Cave, NMI…award winning site for photographers(pic left)!


23.  Terracotta Warriors, China…a major discovery of the 20th century.


24.  Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, AU…vast!


Yap stone money




25.  Borobudur, Indonesia…what a place, one must see.


26.  Luang Prabang, Loa…the whole town is a World Heritage site!






Mom said I'm as stinky as the elephants!!



 

27.  North Thailand rainforests…elephants and Karen’s(pic L).


28.  Pattaya, Thailand…golf and night life Mecca.






Dane at the Great Wall of China








29.  Mt. Fuji, Japan…that perfect mountain.

Insects for dinner again, Burma




30.  Gilli Islands, Lombock, Indonesia…diving and all night parties!!


31.  Katmandu Valley, Nepal…pictures can’t even describe this beauty


 32.  Adjanta Caves, India…a remarkable find.







 








Dane Hodges atop Suicide Cliff and Bonzai, Saipan





33.  South Thailand islands…a water sport heaven. 


34.  Komodo & Rinka Islands, Indonesia…those amazing dragons 


35.  Singapore…clean and one great place to live and EAT!




Dane pets a crocodile near rice terraces, Philippines





 36.  Halong Bay, Vietnam...wonderful spot!



37.  Boracay, Philippines…getting a little too crowded these days.


38.  Guilin to Yangshuo, China…a world class boat ride



Dane hikes Indonesia





39.  Jeju Volcano Island, Korea…chic spot for the wealthy Koreans


 40.  Gobi Desert, Mongolia…dinosaur bones and a long train ride


41.  Yangtse River, China…the river ride and Three Gorges Dam


Dane crosses the Mekong River to Lao




42.  Ayers Rock, AU…just sitting out there in the middle of nowhere 


43.  Bohol (Hills) & Donsol (shark), Philippines…chocolate hills & whale shark




Dane Hodges climbs in Ancient City, Thailand





 44.  Colored Lakes, Flores, Indonesia…23 hr by bus from Labuan Bajo harbor



45.  Ancient Cities of Thailand, Ayuthyia and Chang Mai!!






Dane boards the Bullet Train, China




46.  Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China…another beautiful place in Beijing


47.  Subic Bay & Hundred Islands, Philippines…my wife’s’ favorite







Dane Hodges at the top of Saipan's Grotto



48.  Naha, Okinawa diving…those islands west are pretty great for scuba


49.  Potala Palace, Tibet…lot trouble to get to, but way worth it!


50.  Easter Island…megaliths of unknown origin





Seven Wonders of the Underwater World



Dane Hodges and Dad, Cambodia




1  Palau...Rock Islands and the world's best scuba diving


2. Marianas Islands...Trench and great diving!


3. Chuuk Lagoon...Mecca for wreck divers   


4. Pohnpei...unexplored and pristine





Jeanne Hodges, Hundred Islands, Philippines



5. Indonesia...17k islands


6. Great Barrier Reef...would take 2 lifetimes to explore


7. Yap Islands...manta dives and many walls










Seven 7 Island Wonders of the World

Mom and Dad view Wedding Cake Mountain across crystal clear Sosanhian Bay

1.  Bali, Indonesia...and 17k others from from Gilli's to Komodo


2.  Micronesia...thousands including Rota Island



3.  Bora Bora...but Saipan has a nicer lagoon 


4.  Penang, Malaysia...great food


5.  Maui, Hawaii...surfin safari


6.  Phuket, Thailand...too much fun


7.  Bermuda...clean and beautiful but I can't afford to live there



Seven 7 Beach Wonders of the World



Dane Hodges builds a Great Wall on a white sand Micronesian beach

1.  Red Beach, no name island near Komodo, indonesia 


2.  Monagaha Island, Marianas


3.  Palawan, Philippines


4.  Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand


5.  Gilli islands, Indonesia


6.  Treasure Island Beach, St Maarten


7.  Miami Beach, Florida



Other peoples 7 Wonders of the World


The official Seven Man Made Wonders of the Modern World

Dane visits the Thailand Burma border


Channel Tunnel                    
CN Tower
Empire State Building
Golden Gate Bridge           
Itaipu Dam
Netherlands North Sea Protection Work

Panama Canal


"I haven't visited the two dams, and apparently some people love the CN tower, but for me, I will go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the Modern World's Top Wonder", Dane Hodges.



Natural Wonders of the World

Dane Hodges explores the Pacific Islands

In 1997, CNN announced a listing of their Seven Natural Wonders of the World...

Grand Canyon
The Great Barrier Reef
The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
Mt. Everest
Northern Lights
Paricutin Volcano
Victoria Falls


The "New" Seven Wonders of the World as of July 7,2007


Dane the tomb raider, Cambodia


Chichen Itza, Mexico - Mayan City


Christ Redeemer, Brazil - Large Statue


The Great Wall, China


Machu Picchu, Peru


Petra, Jordan - Ancient City


The Roman Colosseum, Italy


The Taj Mahal, India



And as of 11-11-2011

Dane is spell bound by Sea World dolphin show


1. Amazon...big

2. Halong Bay...loved it but it is no wonder

3. Iquazu Falls...impressive

4. Jeju Island...lots of fun but wonder???

5. Komodo...we liked Rinka next doot alot better

6. Puerto Princess River...this was a joke

7. Table Mt...was another joke pick


A very young Dane Hodges visits an Accient City



And all we can say about this is someone is voting that hasn't been to any of these places.  100 million voted and Nan Madol doesn't get 500 visitors a year, so 100 million couldn't know what they are talking about.  2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are practical jokes.  Again the Amazon is vast but not as cool as Borneo and the falls is a decent pick but the others are out in the twilight zone!










Dane climbs in the rain forest, Borneo





Heading out of Saipan to the Marianas Trench




Dane Hodges Saipan CNMI Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands Marianas Queen Mary II Cup Volleyball Exterra triathlon World Heritage Site Taga Stone Quarry Latte Wedding Cake Mountain Grotto Bird Island Forbidden Managaha AMP American Memorial Park Tinian Rota Guam beaches scuba diving wind surfing sailing swimming golf palm trees federalization America Japan Philippines Korea China Taiwan Chuuk Yap Palau Pohnpei Pacific tropical paradise pgfc nfl jnfl seven 7 wonders of the world natural man made modern ancient pacific Asia UNESCO explorer Great Wall Bagan Rice terraces forbidden city Angkor wat emperor’s palace taga stone quarry bird sanctuary Suicide Cliff Bonzai


Dane Hodges with Micky and Minnie at Disney World, Orlando, Florida


Dane Hodges in a Lao market


Dane Hodges and Japanese surrender WWII


Dane Hodges at Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, Beijing


Dane Hodges plays near ancient Pacific ruins, Micronesia


Dane Hodges heads down the Mekong River


Dane Hodges and Dad near Angkor Wat, Cambodia


Dane's dad sciba diving Rota, Northern Marianas Islands



Dane Hodges walks around the Forbidden City, Beijing, China


Dane explores Asia's ruins


Old Man By the Sea, Saipan


Dane's parents in Gilli Islands, Indonesia


Dane's parents at Taga Stone Quarry, Rota,Northern Marianas



Dane Hodges at Mt Kinabalu,Borneo

Below- Dane's dad at the Hobbit House, Rota,Marianas Islands
Dane Hodges at Mt.
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