Vacation 2022 Countdown: 21 days to Texas Haunted Roadtrip

How haunted it’s actually going to be is anyone’s guess!

Joe is all ready to stream our trip, and his followers are quite excited! I’ll be posting here with pictures as well!

I’ve already booked our first hotel. We’ll be staying in motels and hotels along the way so we can sleep for a few hours before checking out the haunted sites.

If you have any suggestions for where we should go, we’re going to be traveling from El Paso down to San Antonio and then on down to Galveston where we hope to go on a tour of The Hotel Galvez.

In El Paso, we’ll be trying to get a glimpse of La Llorona. She’s a grief stricken guilt ridden woman who drowned her own children to please a man, was rejected for doing so by same man and ended up drowning herself.

In Marfa, we’ll try to see The Marfa Lights. These are ghost lights seen from a bridge or something. Will be interesting.

In Seguin there’s a ghost at Woman Hollering Creek: She’s like the El Paso ghost.

In San Antonio, we hope to see The Saintly School Children. Apparently a bus full of school kids from a local Catholic school stalled on some train tracks while a train was coming. Everyone but the nun in charge was killed. It’s said if anyone stops on the tracks, the kids will push their vehicle off the tracks.

Goliad has Presidio La Bahia. This is a famous battle ground here in Texas and is said to be full of ghosts.

We end in Galveston at the Hotel Galvez.

We don’t actually end there. We’re picking Em up and circling around to Dallas so Joe and Em can visit some friends and so we can check out several hotels in the area.

As I said, if you live along this route and want us to check out some of your local hotspots for the paranormal, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below.

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See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Vacation 2022 Countdown: Texas Haunted Roadtrip

My son and I are taking most of my vacation this year together with Em, his lovely girlfriend, joining us for the last couple of days.

I like sharing my trips with people, makes it more fun that way, and Joe, my son, wanted something new for his stream on Twitch. We also both wanted to do a Texas Haunted Road Trip. It made sense to turn my vacation time into a road trip he’ll be streaming live, and I’ll take pictures and post some videos for you all to enjoy as well.

There are several different maps posted over the years pointing out haunted places in Texas to visit, We both agree to begin in El Paso since it’s the farthest point out from where we live. This is the map I’m looking at:

We’re planning on heading along the lower portion of the map so we end up back in Lufkin in time to pick up Em before heading up to Dallas. We’ll be stopping at different places along the way. If you live anywhere along the route or within like 50 miles of it, and you know some places said to be haunted, let me know in the comments below. We’ll make time to hit them up and give you credit for sending us that way whatever happens. 🙂

I am excited to try this. I enjoy new places and driving so it’s a win win with me. Cherry on top is doing this with my son and his GF. My vacation starts on 3 October, a Monday and goes for an entire week – plenty of time for rest breaks during the day and ghost hunting at night!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesday: Abandoned Miniatures

This channel has only been around a few months and only has 6 videos so far. However, those videos are amazingly creepy and very good!! Check out the video below to see what I mean:

I don’t know the name of the man who does these videos as he doesn’t say. He does say he’s an urban explorer and photographer who has turned to creating dioramas based on pictures he’s taken.

I think he’s amazing, and I’ve already subscribed to his channel in the hopes he’ll keep going with his builds. He has some great techniques for making his creepy creations as well.

I highly recommend checking out at least one of his videos – the realism is incredible!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Stephen King – End of Watch

First off, let me say how much of a fangirl I am of Stephen King’s writing.  I can’t say of the man because I have never actually met him, but his writing – OMG!!  I discovered Mr. King in the fall of 1984.  I was in school and found his book, IT, in the school library.  It was a hardcover without a dust jacket.  It was gray all over with IT in red letting that looked almost slashed into the cover.  I was intrigued as I had not read a horror story before – the book cover gave no clue what genre it was and I didn’t bother to look at the inside of the book.

Anyway, I started reading the book, and I couldn’t put it down.  I read it far past my bedtime, I read it during lunch at school and even in some of my classes when I got my work done early.  It took me three days to read the entire book and from then on, I was hooked.  My second book by him was Carrie as I wanted to start from the beginning.

Now, almost 34 years later, I am still a major fan of his work, and the most recent book of his I have read is called End of Watch.

From the moment I opened the book and began to read, I was hooked.  Just like with It, I couldn’t put the book down!  Unlike IT, it took me less than 24 hours to read it from cover to cover. I was disappointed not to see the Dear Reader missive I’ve gotten used to seeing at the end of the book – there was Author’s Note instead.  Ah well, things do change….

End of Watch is related to two other books written by Mr, King: Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.  It brings the story thread full circle in fact, and the ending is one you should definitely get to.

The main bad guy in this book is Brady Hartsfield, a major psycho if ever there was one.  The good guys are Retired Detective Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney with some help from Jerome Robinson.  Mr. King has fleshed out these characters so well you loathe the bad guy and really dig the good guys.  I actually cried about one of them, and I don’t usually cry over fictional characters so kuddos to you Mr. King.

Brady is a mass murderer who killed 8 people with a car and injured quite a few more in the first book to introduce him.  Holly stops him from killing hundreds more using a bomb by smacking him in the head with a sock containing ball bearings – big ones.  In this book, Brady has learned how to leave his wasted body and “ride” along inside of other people’s brains.  He’s also learned a lot about mind control and hypnosis.  Combining all this, he plans to kill a whole lot more people – kids mostly – and not get blamed for it.  He is the “prince of suicide” after all.

Bill has retired from the police force since Brady was captured, survived a heart attack and opened up a detective agency with Holly.  Now, he’s been told he has pancreatic cancer, and it’s pretty bad.  Once people who survived Brady’s rampage with the car begin committing suicide, he thinks of Brady right away.  He puts off treatment of his condition until he finds a way to stop the once perceived brain dead man with the help of Holly and Jerome.

The story is often fast paced with heart pounding action Mr. King is wonderful at creating!  The feasibility of what he proposes could happen is what is more frightening than anything else in the book.  Violence is a bit graphic but not unduly so – be fair warned.  The book, as a whole, is happily fantastic and well worth reading!

As usual, don’t take my word for it.  Read it, or not, as you wish.  I know there are some people out there who don’t like Mr. King’s writing (oh say it isn’t so!!), and that’s their prerogative.  I’m not a literary expert or anything and even if I was, you should make up your own mind and not follow what everyone else thinks.  You can miss out on a lot of fun experiences that way.

Thus ends my review, I’ll see you all on the flipside.  Don’t forget your towels or your sonic screwdriver – someone may need a bureau made at them! 🙂