How Destination Truth will dig deeper and travel wider

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The upcoming third season of Syfy's original series Destination Truth sounds pretty cool—even if we do say so ourselves—with adventurer/host Josh Gates promising a spirited visit to the Ukraine for a paranormal investigation of Chernobyl, as well as trips to Peru, the Andes and the deserts of Chile.

"The Chernobyl episode is probably one of the more harrowing shows we've ever done," Gates said during an exclusive interview in New York earlier this month. "This season will have a great mix of the creatures that Destination Truth has looked for every season and paranormal investigations. We have reports of strange hominids and dinosaur-like creatures and things like that. We go back and continue our search for the Yeti, which is something we do every year on the show. And this year we do that in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, which is a really remote part of the Himalayas. It's a terrific episode."

Gates added, "So we're mixing that kind of episode up with paranormal investigations, and we're also delving into some stories like the Bermuda Triangle, which sort of fall outside some of the normal things we've done. So I think the show is expanding this year, and, at the same time, the investigations are pretty rough-and-tumble."

After all this time and after all he's seen, Gates reports that when it comes to believing or not believing in strange phenomena and the paranormal, his thinking remains exactly as it was when he first started out. He considered himself an "open-minded skeptic" at the beginning, and he remains one now.

"I think that a lot of the stories we go to investigate have roots in folklore and mythology," Gates said. "A lot of the time, I've really come to learn, these stories are attached to something real. They may not always be attached to the creature that people say they're seeing, but in a lot of cases there's some real-world animal or some real-world event occurring that is an explanation for what these people are seeing. In some ways that keeps me from being cynical, because I think a lot of these stories do have an answer. They're not just myths. They're based on real sightings. And when you have stories where people are having legitimate experiences, it's easy to say enthusiastic about, because you know there is some sort of answer."

Destination Truth returns to Syfy on Sept. 9.