The Superstitions owe their existence to a time of fire and explosion, born of volcanos by eruptions on a scale unknown to modern times. Makes
Mount St Helens look small in comparison!.  The rocks of the Superstition Mountains record volcanic activity from about 22 million to 15 million
years ago.  The volcanoes that made the 'Supes include massive flows of pasty chunky lava that rolled like a slow tracor tread, immense
volumes of ash exploded into the stratosphere, glowing avalanches of hot pumice screaming down the slopes, humongous landslides and
shattering earthquakes. All of this tied to the interaction of dancing continents slamming into what is now California.
To the Left you see a picture of Brad Sutherland standing at the beginning of First Water Trailhead.In the background of the picture is  
Weaver's Needle (Circled)  Legend has it that the Lost Dutchman Mine is located close to Weaver's Needle . Supposedly located within  a circle,
who's center is Weaver's Needle and the diameter of which is no more than 5 miles.
With our water bottles in hand, Brad and I take off into the Mountains, searching for what ever may want to present itself to us, whether it be
treasures, spirits, portals, or just the beauty and abundant wildlife.
The mountain has hidden her treasures well and many have died in an attempt to recover them or had the misfortunes of knowing where they
As we walked deeper into the mountains we could see the Old Military Trail, which reminded us of the two soldiers, that had traveled this same
area, after being discharged from Ft.Mcdowell. .  They flushed out a deer and shot it. While tracking the wounded creature down, they
happened upon a dark red outcropping  of rich gold ore. Later, the two were found dead near Black Top Mesa in the Superstitions.
The stories of lost gold and hidden treasures keep us all going back into her bowels in hopes that we may be one of the lucky ones that the
mountain will release her treasures to. Following are a few accounts of some that have been able to see, sometimes even touch her
treasures. But the curse that goes along with the treasures sometimes carries a high price tag.
Dr. Thorne was a man that befriended the Apache Indians. One day they took him to a place where gold nuggets littered the canyon floor.
But, he was blindfolded on the ride in and out and could never relocate the canyon.
Another prospector,  named Wagoner,  found a ledge of gold, supposedly in La Barge Canyon, in the Superstition Mountains. He took the
secret of it's location with him to his grave and it has never been located again.
In 1937, a man named Jenkins, his wife, and two daughters picnicked in the Superstitions, and found a pretty quartz rock that was very heavy.
Later, he was told it was heavily laden with gold. Before he could go back into the mountains again, he died from a heart attack. His wife could
not remember the location.  The treasure hunters are still looking.
Continuing on, deeper into the mountains, Brad
and I check out the area we have figured to be
possibly where the Lost Dutchman may have had
his mine. Noting that the area hadn't been
disturbed since we were last there, we went on,
making note that someday we will come back and
spend more time scouting it out for more
Dutchman clues.
The Superstition Mountains in Arizona
have long been a place of unexplained paranormal stories and legends of lost treasures.,  From the stories of the Lost Dutchman’s mines, to being a
place of multiple portals where Reptilian humanoids come up from the depths of the Otherworldly to prey upon hapless human victims, unearthly lights that
glow at night lighting up the delicate desert skies, as ships come to and fro between dimensions… This has always been a place of mystery, and obsessive
exploration by brave adventurers who would debark into its depths to seek out its unrevealed secrets never to return. Superstition Mountains...Brad and
Mary's Playground while in Arizona!
Welcome to our Playground!
The Superstition Mountains

This is a place that refused to adhere  to man’s rules, and seems to do its own thing, at times almost in defiance of man. If you are a sensitive, this is a place where you will experience one
phenomenon after the next. Best know who you are, and have a keen respect for the desert, and if you do not believe in paranormal experiences before you play here, you will after you leave. The
Apaches called it the Devils playground.
Warning: NEVER LINGER AFTER DARK! Things happen here that cannot be explained. Here the crust that lies between this world and others must be very thin, for the accest to inner Earth is
almost an open field. In the space of a day one can experience several time and dimensional shifts, with temperatures reaching over 130 degrees f in the day and dropping to 50 degrees in a
matter of a few hours as the sun sets.
PORTALS DO EXIST HERE! Several friends of ours have shared their portal experiences with me  in the Superstitions. One was Bob Ward,
Ripples of the Lost Echos,  and another was Bob Schoose , owner of Gold Field Ghost Town. Later I will present the  stories on  their
experiences. If you do come across one keep in mind that if you can pass through then something can pass through going in the opposite
direction. Also some Sipapoos are stationary others are moving, yes I said moving from one location to another like waves of energy. Also they
are not always accessible, some are open all the time, most are not, so if you went through one, there is no guarantee it will be open when and
if you return…
Nothing should come to any great surprise to you in the Superstition Mountain area. Don't be shocked if in one minute you turn about to see
an old Indian or prospector standing in the distance  starring at you...or even a little person. You blink your eyes and 'they've disappeared'.
That's part of the norm . Or you find  missing time you can not account for, but reach in your pocket to find a piece of gold or crystal.  That, my
friend, is also part of the norm.
Click here to read on my Apportation Experience.
“When Earth Doctor stuck his staff into the ground to cause the flood, and water covered the earth, most of the people perished, but some escaped and followed White Feather, who fled to
the top of Superstition Mountains. The water rose, covering all the valley until it was as high as the line of white sandstone which is a conspicuous landmark. White Feather, surrounded by his
followers, tried all his magic in vain to prevent the further rise of the flood. When he saw he was powerless to prevent this, he gathered all his people and consulted them, saying, ‘I have
exhausted all magic powers but one, which I will now try.’ Taking in his left hand a medicine stone from his pouch, he held it at arm's length, at the same time extending his right hand toward
the sky. After he had sung four songs he raised his hand and seized the lightning and with it struck the stone which he held. This broke into splinters with a peal of thunder and all his people
were transformed into the pinnacles of stone which can now be seen projecting from the summit of one of the peaks of the Superstition Mountains.
A Trip To Massacre Grounds

On the northwest side of the
Superstition Mountains lies
Massacre Grounds Trail.

As legend has it, the Apache Indians  chased a group of Mexican miners, said to be working for the Peraltas, into this area and killed them all, taking their mules for food but leaving panniers full of
gold ore scattered about the ground.
We went  to First Water Road to get to the Massacre Grounds trailhead. The first parking area we came to is  the entrance to Jacobs Crosscut Trail. About a half-mile further down is the turnoff to
the Massacre Grounds Trail. This road is extremely rutted and difficult to traverse , but Brad and I , driving very slowly, managed to get up there in our car. Parking the car, we began the trip up
the canyon to climb the  steep cliffs. Upon reaching the top, it is said, that if one sits very quietly he/she can hear the spirit sounds of the past massacre.  Here you can also see the fabled Pima
people, who were turned to stone. As we sat up there looking down on places below, listening to a hawk circling above us, time ceased to exist as we took in the solitude and wonder of the sheer
beauty. Personally, I can compare this experience  to no other.

Mary Sutherland is the author of the following books
  • Living in the Light: Believe in the Magic
  • Mysteries: Exploring the Mysteries of Burlington and Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Revelations: Truths Revealed
  • In Search of Ancient Man: Lost in Time
  • The Red Haired Giants
  • Haunted Burlington Wisconsin

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pages providing information on the paranormal, UFOs, ancient
races and their cultures, sacred sites and power points of the
world, underground tunnels and cave systems, dimensional
worlds , metaphysics, etc. The governor of Kentucky
commissioned her as a ‘Kentucky Colonel” for her work on the
ancient sites of Kentucky. For the last 5 years, she has been
exploring, mapping and documenting the ancient underwater
structures of Rock Lake – near Aztalan. For the last fourteen
years she has been documenting the ancient sites around
Burlington, WI. Truth is her passion. She believes it is through
truth that we will break ourselves free of our present
entanglements in life. When we become free, we will create our
own ‘personal story’ of the ‘hero’s journey’ suggested by Joseph

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“There are rare persons in this world who see things others
don’t; persons who connect the dots of existence and
possess an instinctive talent for linking with kindred souls to
reveal otherwise invisible patterns and excavate hidden
truths. Such a person is Mary Sutherland. She is a natural-
born networker in all she does --- from her Burlington
Vortex Conferences and Sci’Fi Café to her public talks and
published books. Nowhere, however, is her gift for
perception more developed than in her latest title.“  Frank
Joseph .
Joseph was nominated by Japan's Savant Society as
Professor of World Archaeology. He was editor-in-chief of
Ancient American Magazine from 1993 to 2007 and has
traveled the world collecting research materials for his
twenty-seven published books.
"Mary Sutherland is not simply a reporter of all these phenomena;
she lives them! As readers expect, her studies extend beyond her
own experiences. The author and investigator often takes visitors
on tours containing an inter-dimensional vortex and hosts yearly
conferences and meet ups with many well known speakers on
anomalous phenomena."
What differentiates her book. Haunted Burlington Wisconsin , is that
Sutherland includes her explanations of the unknown realms and
phenomena with tips for heightening the reader's own psychic
awareness. Readers who complete this dizzying journey may find
they can no longer look at Burlington in exactly the same way.
Perhaps, then, this book itself may be considered a vortex. and
whether or not it actually transports you to another place, it will
certainly draw you in."
Linda Godfrey , award winning author on strange creatures, people
and places. She has been featured guest on dozens of nation TV
and radio shows, including Monsterquest, Sean Hannity's America,
Lost Tapes, Inside Edition, Sy-fy's Haunted Highway, Monsters and
Mysteries, Coast to Coast...and the list goes on!