Happy Halloween Jeremy! Hope you’re doing something fun, like dressing up really scary and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters! I know how much you like spooking others, this could be your chance to have a lot of creative fun doing it.
This weekend was one-of-a-kind for me. It started Friday night when Jim and I went out to Pere Marquette, Illinois to stay in the lodge for a paranormal investigation! The real deal too. A paranormal investigation team, Altered State Paranormal (A.S.P.), was there and they had all the equipment and same attitude as Grant & Jason on the “Ghost Hunters” show. What I mean is they are scientific in their approach. Since it was the Halloween weekend there were a lot of other folks who came for the “creepiness” of it, so it was just slightly over crowded and a few “nay-sayers” among the group.
Jim and I had a great time. Starting at 7pm with a cocktail and appetizers, got briefed on the location and how this investigation would be ran. We split up in teams and over the course of the next several hours we investigated lots of spots around the lodge. They served breakfast the next morning and did the “reveal” of evidence that was captured. It was entertaining, but not a lot happened that convinced me that we met up with folks who aren’t using a body.
On the way home we stopped off at Ruebels Hotel in Grafton. It felt like we stepped back into the late 1700’s in the wild west. Nice place and nicely restored. We had a yummy lunch then set out to tour the hotel. To our amazement, there wasn’t anyone around on the hotel side and we were able to roam the halls, go upstairs and just experience the place. That was cool. I took some pics.
Definitively a place you should drive over to see some day. Basically, you go to Alton and head west on the river road and it’s on the right just outside of Alton. There are huge bluffs just west of the village that I wanted to go see, but we were sort of running out of energy and time.
Ok, I just had to show you this picture. I have no idea whose pickup it is, but they have figurines glued all over it. Wild and weird.
We stopped to ask a man how to get up to the bluffs and he suggested we take a side street and head up to the college! Are you kidding me? There is a college in this village!!??
Yep! Ok, so we headed up the little road to see Pinicia College! We were told we could go to the bluff from there. We pulled in to the college driveway and was met by a young man whose job it was to ensure anyone coming in was “supposed to be there”. When let him know we were just sightseers, he happily went to the guard shack and brought us out a magnetized sign to put up on the roof of the vehicle and a map of the campus showing us the “tour route”. Hmmmm, seems others have toured before us!
It was wild! Among some obvious modern structures they built and designed to match, were some really old college buildings. Wow. Amazing to look at and just imagine what it was like in the old days. I didn’t get the best pics because I took too many shots from the passenger side and through dirty windows, but you get the idea how neat the place was. There was a lookout pullover and that is where we were able to look down on the Mississippi River and see all the way to St. Charles! Amazing view. One you should do. As I said, we never found the way to those huge bluffs but I’m betting I go back someday soon to see more.
That was fun. Pere Marquette was a cool first time “ghost hunting” experience, but like I said, not really enough to convince me. No, worries, I found the big one!
The same paranormal team leading the investigation at the lodge was doing another “all-night” investigation this next night at a highly active location in Alton. The location was the old Milton Schoolhouse. OMG, yes!!! THE old Milton Schoolhouse that Jason and Grant (from TAPS, Ghost Hunters) investigated a year or more ago. I watched that episode thinking “oh my god, if I could go there too”! It was so active they just started laughing at all the activity. I wanted to go to this one tonight too. No, I had not slept the night before and no, Jim was not going to be able to go. No worries, I called Heather! Yes sir, she was brave enough to go with me. It was scheduled from 8:30 pm until 6 am. Heck, no problem for her, she slept until 11:30am.
The schoolhouse was truly the experience I was looking for. I believe it was one of the creepiest places I’ve been in at dark. Remember when we used that one room in that old, old haunted school, for the Ability School? Well, Milton Schoolhouse was 20 times the size at 80,000 square feet, and a lot more active with spirits. Like I expected, the investigation was very professionally done using all the best equipment. I had an experience there that sealed the deal for me (but couldn’t be documented) and Heather had one that was easily documented. So now, I believe I have my personal “physical” evidence I felt I needed. But it’s like crack, now I’m hooked and want more! LOL. Funny, I thought Heather would be scared to death, but she certainly wasn’t. She was completely willing to be in communication with anything that might have wanted to communicate. Nice.
So it was a great weekend. Like usual, you were thought of many times, and no, not just when we had yummy food!!! 😉