Digging for Truth – Searching For Yeti

North Shore’s Josh Gates investigates myths around world for Sci Fi

The truth is out there.

And Manchester-by-the-Sea native Josh Gates is determined to find it.

Gates hosts “Destination Truth,” which kicks off its second season Wednesday night at 10 on the Sci Fi Channel. In the series, Gates travels the world to explore international myths.

“It’s really a dream job,” Gates said. “I’m almost certain that no other job will live up to this.”

After graduating from Tufts with a degree in archaeology, Gates headed to Los Angeles. He worked as a photographer before landing the Sci Fi gig. He says his love of travel makes him a natural fit for the role that takes him out of the country for a third of the year. The 30-year-old has traveled to 53 countries and 48 states (no detours to Alaska or Oregon yet).

“My mother is British, so we would go to England once a year when I was a kid. My father traveled extensively for business,” he said. “So I think it’s in my blood. I’ve always had a fascination with places unknown. I probably was wired for it a little bit.”

In Wednesday night’s episode, Gates and his team travel to Nepal to investigate the legend of the Yeti.

“We really are looking for things that are relevant in the news,” he said. “There really is no shortage of stories, but there is a much more finite list that people are reporting that they are having experiences with. There’s this kind of sense now that we’ve seen it all. I think a lot of reality programming on television is mundane. If it’s not wacky celebrities, it’s just average people doing average things. I think this idea that there are still questions to be answered, there are still mysteries in the world, I think that appeals to people.”

In addition to getting to the truth, Gates believes his show has a bigger message for viewers.

“Whether or not there ends up being some creature in these countries is almost secondary to the journey itself. I think that the real message is to get out there and explore the world and see the world for yourself. Ninety-nine percent of the places I’ve traveled to, the people are terrific. And there’s this kind of strange fear that a lot of us have about a lot of places in the world, and by and large, those fears are relatively unfounded. The larger message is that people should be explorers.

“I’m not on the show as an expert. I’m on the show as a guy who is curious.”

Posted on The Boston Herald .

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