Friday, May 3, 2013

Sex and the Single Ghost Hunter: Road Trip Dream Horrors

I am queen of road trips!  But, if I were designing them for spook factor, I think I could come up with some divine itineraries -

Cemetery Theme:  
Plotting out a trek, I would find 3 cemeteries I want to explore. I would leave at noon, stopping at a beautiful old cemetery, spreading out a blanket, and having a picnic. After, that, I would take a trash bag around, clean up, right the fallen vases of flowers, and leave some flowers on old graves no one attends. Driving on to the next cemetery, I would pull out my sketch book and practice my drawing with lots of mood and atmosphere. I'd pull out my camera and work on making some haunted, creepy photos, and maybe do some grave rubbings. The last stop would be closer to sunset. I'd put on a white gown and pose in haunting ways for some memorable timed pictures as the sunlight is dying. When it turns dark, I would wander the grounds in the dark without any light and dance among the headstones, sit still for a time and see if any shadow people present themselves. Say a peaceful goodbye, and leave.

Haunted B&B and Ghost Tour:
A dream road trip would include a stay at a haunted B&B in a haunted town that has nighttime tours. In Phoenix, I might take the downtown haunted tour and stay at the Hotel San Carlos. If I were lucky enough to be in Charleston, San Francisco, Chicago, or lots of other towns with reputations for haunts, I would plot a trip based on their best hot spots, tours, and haunted hotels.

RV CreepFest:
Rent an RV and go camp near a lonely mountain lake or tour the Oregon coastline in it, parking it in wooded campgrounds where I would walk the woods at night in search of Bigfoot, put out lawn chairs under the stars looking for UFOs, or having a campfire and telling scary stories.

Treasure Hunting:

Packing metal detector, shovel, gloves, gold pans, and hitting the streams near gold mines in search of gold, and the metal detector to walk the desert and check for meteorites.

Ancient Mysteries:

In search of petroglyphs, ancient mounds where giant skeletons were buried, the sites of famous UFO encounters, ghost lights, and other unsolved mysteries make ideal destinations to ponder, learn, walk the land and feel the history.

Ghost Towns:
Driving from ghost town to ghost town photographing abandoned buildings. 

Ultimately, a road trip for me needs to include spontaneous straying off the main path, curious poking around at abandoned sites, stopping for refreshments and at overlooks for photos. There is no rush on a real road trip, just an unfolding adventure. The company, above all else, makes any road trip awesome.

My road trip picnic sandwich - Flatbread, deli turkey, grated carrot, lettuce, drizzled with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, rolled up in tin foil. 

Here's some albums I enjoy when I'm hitting the open road -

"Only By the Night" by Kings Of Leon
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Greatest Hits" by The Eagles
"Cage the Elephant" by Cage the Elephant
"Pablo Honey" by Radiohead
"Diamond Life" by Sade
"The Essential Highwayman" by multiple artists
"The Police" by The Police
"Tapestry" by Carole King
"Absolution" by Muse

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