Saturday, March 5, 2011

Arizona Ghost Hunting Blast! Annual Cemetery Crawl Event



This is the sixth year in a row for the Cemetery Crawl Event. It began with an event designed by myself and Debe Branning, writer and head of MVD Ghostchasers. Our initial intention was to have a fun road rally like Amazing Race and also expose people to cemeteries around the state, as well as often having dinner in and sleeping over in spooky places. It's been a huge hit. This year Julie from Above The Norm: Bizarre Arizona and I are going to be cemetery attendants along the road trip and sleepover in the location with the road racers. I have never seen a group of people have more of a blast. Each year, I am entrusted to come up with the rhyming clues for them to find the headstones.

There are still openings for 3 more teams so please consider it because this is a freaking blast! Here's the info from Debe:

CEMETERY CRAWL 6 IS COMING
APRIL 09 & 10 2011!!!!

WHAT IS THE CEMETERY CRAWL, YOU ASK? IT IS A UNIQUE WAY OF STUDYING SOME OF AZ'S INTERESTING & HISTORICAL CEMETERIES. YOU SEE VARIOUS SIZES & STYLES OF OLD GRAVEYARDS---- AND LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT AZ HISTORY TOO. IT IS A COMBINATION ROAD RALLY & SCAVENGER HUNT ALL IN ONE! EVER WATCH THE TV SHOW "THE AMAZING RACE"?? WELL, INSTEAD OF RACING AROUND THE WORLD AND VISITING OTHER COUNTRIES, YOU WILL BE CRAWLING AROUND AZ AND VISITING OTHER CEMETERIES!

YOU WILL RECEIVE CLUES AND DIRECTIONS THAT SEND YOU ON A 2-DAY ROAD TRIP IN A SECRET PART OF ARIZONA. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE?

YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

ONCE AGAIN THERE WILL BE 3 PEOPLE ON A TEAM--------1 TEAM MEMBER WILL DRIVE WHILE ANOTHER TEAM MEMBER NAVIGATES. YOU CAN TAKE TURNS DRIVING AND SOLVING THE CLUE RIDDLES, LOCATING CERTAIN TOMBSTONES AND TAKING DIGITAL PICTURES------YOUR 3RD PARTNER WILL NEED A VIDEO CAMERA AND FILM MOST OF YOUR ADVENTURE--LIKE YOUR PERSONAL CAMERA MAN. AT THE END OF THE RACE, WE WILL EDIT AND PUT ALL THE PICTURES OR DVDS TOGETHER AND MAKE A SLIDE SHOW FOR ALL TO SEE!!

YOU WILL NEED A VEHICLE IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION---GOOD TIRES---REGISTRATION---INSURANCE---ETC-----YOU PAY FOR YOUR OWN GAS----SPEEDING TICKETS----AND REPAIRS

YOU WILL NEED A GOOD AZ MAP AND A KEEN SENSE OF DIRECTION.

YOU WILL NEED A DIGITAL CAMERA TO TAKE PICS OF THE TOMBSTONES ON YOUR RIDDLES LIST---(NO CELL PHONE CAMERAS PICS!) YOUR CAMERA MAN NEEDS A VIDEO CAMERA.

WE ARE ON THE ROAD FOR 2 DAYS FROM ABOUT 9AM TO ABOUT 4PM EACH DAY (NO NIGHT DRIVING)
ALL ROADS ARE ACCESSIBLE BY ANY VEHICLE. WE WILL BE TRAVELING ABOUT 175 MILES THE FIRST DAY AND 220 MILES THE SECOND DAY. WE ASK THAT YOU OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT AND ALL TRAFFIC LAWS.

YOU WILL BOOK YOUR OWN ROOMS AT OUR PIT STOP CITY WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE CRAWL.

THERE WILL NO MORE THAN 10 TEAMS IN THE CRAWL..........THE CEMETERY CRAWL KEEPS YOU GUESSING EACH MILE ALONG THE HIGHWAY AND THERE IS NEVER A DULL MOMENT!

COST OF THE CRAWL?? ONLY $30 PER PERSON---THAT IS $90 FOR EACH TEAM!

FIND 3 PLAYERS FOR YOUR TEAM--A TEAM NAME--A TEAM COLOR (RETURNING TEAMS CAN KEEP PREVIOUS TEAM NAME/COLORS WHEN POSSIBLE) DESIGN YOUR OWN SHIRTS--BE CREATIVE!

WE WILL BE SUPPLYING LOTS OF WATER-----AND SNACKS---AND THERE WILL BE SOME GREAT NOVELTY PRIZES AS WELL!

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT DETOURS AND TWISTS YOU WILL FIND ON THE ROUTE!

THIS IS A FUN EVENT AND HAS BEEN VERY POPULAR FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS!!

ARE YOU GAME????? GET SIGNED UP WITH ME ASAP

IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO THE CRAWL THIS YEAR, WE WISH YOU HAPPY TRAILS ON ALL YOUR TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES!

Contact DEBE BRANNING at nazanaza@aol.com AND THE MVD GHOSTCHASER "CEMETERY CRAWL CREW"

10 comments:

  1. that does sound like a cool evening...just need to find some backup to come with me :)

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  2. G;
    Well, you know anyone who is in for a wacky road trip to crazy places--then you've found your team!

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  3. A cemetery crawl sounds WAY better than a plain-ole bar crawl. Plus, there's less chance of hangovers.

    "There's a tiger in the hearse!"

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  4. HN;
    Love the skull and swords. Getting me in the mood for H-ween. It is hilarious. Those people really get it into the whole thing. Julie and I will be cemetery attendants along the road trip and we make sure they do the deeds they're supposed to before they can trek on. The place we're staying is way cool too. I will definitely be doing lots of vid and pics of this one to share the craziness.

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  5. Sis;
    It will be a wonderfully beautiful picture-taking opportunity, but mostly it'll be a helluva lot of giggling.

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  6. Man, you guys suck. And by "you guys suck", I mean "I'm SO jealous!" This looks like a blast! We used to have a similar "Road Rally" type event in college, though those usually didn't get too far before the "navigators" were too stoned to read a map properly- then all bets were off. Seriously, I know from experience these things can be quite a bit of work to put together so kudos to y'all for putting the time in and I hope it's a big success!

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  7. Hey Bleaux;
    It's really modeled right from Amazing Race and they have roadblocks and clues and deeds they have to do and it goes for 2 days, going to the overnight destination and back home, hitting usually a dozen or so cemeteries and weird unusual creepy spots. They get tickets some years when they get out of hand. I really love doing the rhyming clues. It's a hard task to give enough info without too much. It is a big success each year and it makes money for the cemetery association so, win/win.

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  8. This is so cool to crash the cemeteries, explore the tombstones and see what people wanted to make the last impression of themselves.

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  9. Echo;
    Yeah, we get a lot of education packed into the whole thing. Sometimes it's outlaw or lawmen's graves or notorious people and other times, it's interesting headstones where they learn a bit more about what different signs and symbols mean on graves. They also get to know the history of all the cemeteries. It's pretty awesome.

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