Trip to Hocking Hills

I didn’t write for a few days because my husband and I went on a mini vacation to the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. It is beautiful country with tons of state parks, nature preserves, hiking trails, caves, etc. We also had some fun looking up haunted places in the area (I’m always hoping to see a ghost, but didn’t have any luck this time).

We had a great time, although there was still a lot of stuff closed in the area due to Covid. We had to eat in our car several times due to restaurant dining areas being closed. And we got kicked out of one state park that was closed (we didn’t know that of course), but the ranger was nice and just told us to get out instead of ticketing us or anything bad.

Here are a few of my fave pics from the trip:

We found this little guy in the middle of a country back road. We chased him off the road. I hope his mama came to get him soon after!

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This large rat snake crossed our path on a nature trail. He wasn’t friendly lol, but we were still thrilled to see him.

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This is the coolest pic from the ghost hunts. That rainbow orb is super weird. Especially since their hadn’t been any rain whatsoever that day. It didn’t show up on any other pictures. This was an old asylum turned into a museum. Sadly they were closed, so we couldn’t go inside ūüė¶

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This stain image in one of the limestone cliffs reminded me so much of Anubis. It just needed to be black lol.

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Me posing at Ash Cave (the state park we got thrown out of later lol). This cave was a huge amphitheater-style structure that was so cool. In the past it was used for ancient Native American rituals and was even used as a Christian church many years ago.

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Weekend Birthday Trip – Spooky Fun, Here We Come!

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My birthday is the 27th of October, so my husband and I are going away for the weekend to Louisville, Kentucky (about 2 hours away or so) to find some spooky Halloween fun. I love to visit places that are supposedly haunted or paranormal, so we plan to go to a haunted sanatorium which used to be a tuberculosis hospital in the early 1900s, during the “White Plague”. Needless to say, there was a lot of tragedy there, which seems to breed hauntings.

We also plan to try to find a cursed “witch’s tree” and visit one of the local cemeteries to see KFC’s Colonel Sanders’ gravesite. I need to decide on something to leave at each site as a gift. It is recommended to leave ketchup packets at the Colonel’s grave, but I don’t really get that as I don’t think of ketchup at all when I think of KFC. I’m more likely to think of BBQ sauce, gravy, and honey for my biscuits. As for the witch, what do witches like? Especially nasty ones that will curse you if you don’t please them?

We also might do a little bit of antique shopping and visit a candy shoppe there if we have time. A lot of that depends on how well I hold up though. With Ehlers Danlos, CFS, Fibromyalgia, and chronic back and feet issues, I have to be careful to not overdo it too much. I know I will come back exhausted and sore and need to recuperate for a few days, but I don’t want to have to recuperate for weeks if I can help it!

Ghost Hunting and Ear Infections

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Man, I’m pretty bummed today. I was supposed to go ghost hunting at a local cemetery with a paranormal investigation group, but yesterday my earache turned into a raging ear infection and between the ear pain and the nausea from the antibiotics, I had to choose to stay home and rest. I guess there will likely be other opportunities, but still wish I could have gone.

Among other news, my first SSDI payment got messed up and didn’t come. Took me two days and multiple phone calls to multiple agencies to get it solved and will hopefully get my payment within the next couple weeks. I had a huge meltdown over the whole situation Thursday, which probably didn’t help my immune system and may have contributed to my current infection. I can’t help but notice that my already weak immune system takes a nosedive when I’m stressed or upset.

Even thinking about it now makes me mad lol. The worst part was that the automated phone answering systems would NOT let me talk to a live person for the longest time! Ugh. It was like a labyrinth to find my way through to talk to a living, breathing human. I realize this post is pretty negative and maybe a bit whiny lol, but that’s where I’m at today. Hope you are all feeling better than I am at the moment!

Missing the Old Me…

Today I’m missing the old me. The me that existed before chronic pain, chronic illness, and worsening depression and anxiety robbed me of so many things.

The me that used to climb trees:

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The me that often used to hike up a trail and sit at the edge of a waterfall:

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The me that was up for outdoor adventures in any weather:

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The me that used to do silly things like go ghost hunting at night:

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I know it’s not my fault that things have changed, but I still miss that old me.

Do you believe in ghosts???

This weekend we have been at our church family camp.¬† We haven’t had a lot of extra time to do sightseeing, but in what little time we did have, we visited several historical, supposedly haunted places.¬† There was the Knox County Poorhouse which was really more like an insane asylum where the unwanted of society got dumped.¬† So many people died from the horrible conditions there, that they started secretly burying them in unmarked graves.¬† Some of these graves are still found today.¬† Later the poorhouse became a Bible¬†College, where there¬†was a horrible elevator accident that killed several people.¬† All of these lost souls are said to haunt the property.

Then we went to the Curtis Mansion, a house that is in horrible disrepair today, but must have been spectacular in its day.  It is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.

Our last stop was at Kenyon College where supposedly there is a gateway to hell…in fact, even the church itself is said to stand on the hellmouth…quite a story huh?¬† Of course, the college has had a lot of deaths that make it a good haunting spot.¬† Nine students died in a fire, several students committed suicide, a few met mysterious deaths and a couple kids¬†were involved in train or vehicle accidents on campus.

So did we see anything?¬† Not really.¬† We took some pics that we haven’t been able to post yet, so I will see if anything showed up on those.¬† I could tell there were some very strange light patterns in some of the pictures, but not sure what caused that.

I often get asked why I like to visit haunted spots.¬† Do I really believe in ghosts?¬† Well, I don’t know.¬† I have certainly experienced some odd things in my life that I couldn’t explain, but I don’t know why those things happened.¬† For instance,¬†in my grandparents’ house, you could often hear footsteps overhead when no one was there.¬†¬†There was also a bloodstain upstairs that would vanish when you washed it, but would soon show up again exactly as it was before.

In my childhood home, where an elderly lady died, things would often mysteriously move or things would fall from the wall and end up on the other side of the room…not really sure what was going on.¬† The oddest incidence was probably when my grandmother died though.¬† After her death, an anniversary lamp that her and my grandpa had gotten on their wedding day constantly flickered on and off.¬† Even unplugged it would continue to flicker.¬† However, the day she was buried, the strange activity ended and never happened again.¬† Coincidence?¬† I don’t know…but certainly weird.

I know that many fellow Christians think ghosts are unreal or are caused by demons.¬† I’m not sure about that.¬† My grandma was a strong Christian…one of the greatest I’ve known.¬†¬†I have also known faithful Christians who saw loved ones after they died, and those “ghosts” told their living loved ones that heaven is glorious and to keep living for God.¬†¬†Why would a demon encourage others to live for God?¬† Plus, many ghost stories are positive tales of ghosts who have saved the lives of loved ones or helped those in times of need…would demons do that?¬† And if they are angels,¬†why not just appear as angels instead of ghosts?

I don’t have the answers and won’t pretend that I do.¬† But I know there is much more out there than we can see…who knows how it all happens or what it is…but I must admit it does fascinate me.