Saturday, June 6, 2009

I Ain't Afraid of no Ghosts!

Wow, 2 posts in 1 day! Be impressed with me. :) Just goes to show how bored I am today!

Our next big adventure came when we took a little weekend trip down to Bountiful to hang with some of Kim's friends. We messed around in downtown SLC, went to echo rock, and had a really random dance party outside the "meditation chapel." 














But of course, the biggest event of the evening is when we... 

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But my favorite adventure of the past little while was definitely our little jaunt down to Tooele last week to do a little Ghost Hunting. I kid you not, you can actually pay to go and hunt ghosts in a haunted hospital in some podunk town west of SLC. Alright, background story. My good buddy Abe texts me about a month ago and asks me if I'm scared of things in general... I tell him only of aliens (another story entirely) and ask him why. Direct quote.. "The Utah Ghost hunting society gives a tour of the old tooele hospital asylum 49, demonstrates equipment, and lets you hunt ghosts." So... of course I'm game! :) We head down there last week and the place was pretty legit. The people running the place are really into the whole ghost thing. They even had a psychic come in and communicate with the ghosts and draw some mug shots of some of the people that hang there. So we start the tour and head into the hospital. All the windows are boarded up and our guide for the evening named Stardust (yah the place was legit!) tells us that a 6 year old boy named Thomas hangs in there (See his picture below on the left. He's supposedly that dark shape on the far left side of that picture) She's telling us a little bit of his history and his interactions with the owners and such when this girls flashlight starts flashing on and off when her hand is no where near the button! So we're all a little bit weirded out after that, but we continue on with the tour. The next room we went in was the only place that was truly scary to me. We walk into this long hallway and we are facing a door at the end of it, and the minute I went into that room, I just felt awful. It was like a mixture of dread/anticipation/anxiety that really didn't feel good and I wasn't the only one who felt something. Zena said she was almost having an anxiety attack from the moment we walked in, and another girl in our group was making her feelings very... vocal? But we'll get back to that in a little bit. So Dusty tells us to look down the hall towards the door and to look at the doorframe then she asks us what we see... and right then, I see a shadow walking back and forth in front of the door! (See picture below on the right. That dark figure standing on the right hand side is it) It continued to walk back and forth as we watched it and Dusty told us that it was the ghost of a man named Weston that had died in elderly care when the hospital was in operation. But then I saw something else that was hanging out by the door.. It was another shadow, but it didn't have a shape to it like a person like "Weston's Ghost" did. It was pretty small, about the size of a cat, and it was hanging out near the bottom of the doorframe. Someone asked Dusty what it was and she said "that is the reason you NEVER come down this hall by yourself." She called it the "dark energy" (can you tell they LOVE this stuff?) and explained that no one really knew what it was, but what it does is it feeds of your own "energy" and gives you feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear! What was really weird is as soon as we left that hallway, those freaked out feelings went away almost immediately. I'm not sure about "dark energy" but there was something down that hallway that night, and it wasn't something I wanted to be around... But back to the tour I suppose! Our next ghostly encounter happened in the children's ward of the hospital. We ended up in a group with some legit ghost hunters that travel the country checking this stuff out, and they were walking around taking pictures with regular old digital cameras when all of a sudden, this guy's camera starts buzzing like a cell phone on vibrate and making all of these clicking noises! We all get excited and go and touch it and it is shaking so terribly it almost falls out of the guys' hand! Well another guy in the group goes to take a picture of us touching the camera and as soon as he lifts his camera to take the picture, the buzzing stops! Definitely not normal right? The rest of the tour went by without any extreme encounters, but we did learn a little history about the building and its current "residents." Well our last ghostly encounter happened when they let us loose to go hunt ghosts by ourselves. We went back to the room where Thomas hung out, thinking a 6 year old ghost wouldn't be nearly as bad as the adults. Dusty was in there with us, teaching us how to contact our "spirit guides" and we were all kind of spacing when there was this bright flash that came from right behind Abe's ear and we were the only ones in the room! It was like a white flash that happened for only a split second and it didn't come from any of our cameras or flashlights. Definitely a night of weird stuff going on there. The pictures I have on here are from their website....



But we weren't finished messing with creatures from the other side that evening... DUN DUN DUN! While we were driving home our friend Shane starts telling us about this lady at the SLC cemetery that stands over her husband's grave every night wearing a wedding dress. Supposedly her husband was in some kind of crime ring and was filthy rich and wanted to try and take some of his wealth with him, so his grave is the target for grave robbers so she stands out there to protect it. The weird thing is, when you go back during the day, the guy's wife is Buried Next to Him so no one really knows if this lady is dead or alive... so of course we head straight over there to check it out. By this time it's about 3am and we're feeling very "in tune" with the other side, but we're not really thinking we're going to see anything, but Shane was convinced that she sits out there every night. We pulled up to where she was supposed to be and looked through the headstones and there.. standing in the dim light from the streetlights was a woman, dressed in a long wedding dress with this long veil that was over the back of her head. Needless to say, probably one of the creepiest things I've ever seen. We all just sat there in stunned silence for a few minutes... then we all started freaking out! Well... all of us but Abe who preceded to take out a flashlight and flash a light in the woman's face! We were all begging him to stop when she Turned Her Head and stared at us! We all had a coronary then and Abe was laughing his guts out. Then he gets out of the car and says he's going to go talk to her! We told him that if he left us in there, we were going to drive back to Logan, with or without him. Well that convinced him, so we drove off, leaving the woman to dwell in the darkness by herself...

The Moral of the Story is if you go looking for trouble from the netherworld, you'll most likely find it. :)

XOXO

1 comment:

Laurel Rasmusen said...

I'm glad I can blog stalk someone new now! And we're definitely going to every haunted place in northern utah/idaho. I'm so game!