As promised here are some more photos from my trip to West Virginia State Penitentiary! It’s a mix of photos from the Twilight Tour and the Day Time Tour. I recommend both if you have the chance!
Over the weekend I packed a bag and headed off to West Virginia State Penitentiary with Deidre! It was about a 4.5 hour drive from her place which wasn’t too bad. We booked a hotel for a night since our tour was from 7-10PM because who would want to drive back home at that time of night? A few months ago Deidre lucked out and won a free Twilight tour of the prison. It includes about a 90 minute guided tour where you learn about some of what happened at the prison and the different paranormal things that have happened there. At the end of the guided tour you get some free time to wander around by yourself and do any investigating. Being the professionals that we were we brought voice recorders, a video camera, and plenty of flashlights. These professionals lasted about 30 minutes before we had the crap scared out of us thanks to another person on the tour who felt the need to slam a cell door. Seriously, if you go on a tour like this don’t be That Guy who ruins it for others by being a dick. In fact, we learned the next day that behavior like that can get someone kicked out.
While I didn’t see anything spooky I did feel something. One of the cell block showers was the scene of a very vicious murder. The inmate was basically disemboweled and the remains went from one end of the shower to the other. As soon as we walked into this area I got a very strong headache and felt like I was going to be sick. It was instant. All night I was fine until we entered that cell block. Then as soon as we left, everything was cool again. I wasn’t sure what to think until we went back on our own and the same thing happened. I’ve had paranormal experiences before (seeing things be thrown, touched) but never something like this. We did a short EVP session and when we played it back later, we didn’t hear any voices but there was a bang that we didn’t hear live. Seriously, any noise that happened we heard. We were on high alert. We didn’t hear a single sound while in that area. Until we listened to the recording. We did a few other EVP sessions around the prison but nothing else was recorded.
The next day we went back and did a day time tour since it was only $12. I don’t know how we did it but we were the only people on the tour! It was just us and our cute little old man tour guide. There was a full group before us and one after us! Maybe the spirits were pleased with us and this was their offering. I really enjoyed the day tour! It covered different areas than the Twilight tour and we learned more about the prison itself, and not just the ghosts that haunt the place. Plus since it was just us we could take our time with photos and ask any questions that we had. It was hard to imagine how this place just closed 20 years ago. Seriously, it closed in 1995! Looking around you’d thing it was much longer than that. We learned about The 1986 riot, how Charles Manson wanted to be transferred there to be closer to family, the various murders that took place inside the walls, and that an inmate is the one who actually built their electric chair. Oh and at one time women were kept there as well and that the youngest inmate was just 13. He was convicted of murdering his twin brother. And yes, he was in with the general population.
If you find yourself in the area or you’re looking for something different to do, I highly recommend checking it out! I even recommend doing both types of tours if you can. I really had a great time and we’re already planning to go back with our own large group. That’s one way to keep door slamming assholes out! I have a ton more photos to share that I need to upload from my camera. I’ll share them later this week!
It’s funny how I was just telling myself I haven’t done any relaxing vacations in awhile. Even London was a bit of a busy trip. We had a lot to do in a little amount of time. Well that changed when I booked a cruise to Bermuda with Deidre! It’s not until next October but it gives us plenty of time to pay for it. We only had to put down $100 each to make the reservation. The best part is it leaves from our local port which means no extra costs like flights or hotels!
I’ve never bee on a cruise which means I’m super excited. It’s 5 days which gives us 2 days in port. I think it’s the perfect length for someone like myself who’s new to cruising. We’re already looking at all the excursions you can book but honestly I can’t wait to just lay on the beach. And then by the pool. And then back to the beach. I just want to be lazy. I want to not have to think about anything. Of course we’ll probably do a few tours. There are some pretty fun boat tours and some snorkeling trips I might check out. Maybe I’ll even brave the Bermuda Triangle. Much Spooky. Very Creepy.
Do any of you have any trips coming up? Have you ever gone on a cruise? Let me know in the comments!
I know, three posts for one weekend but I do what I want! While I’ve been to Chicago numerous times and have been able to do the tourist thing, Deidre hasn’t. Normally when we head out to Chicago it’s for a convention and doesn’t really leave much time to check out the city. This time though we had a day to do some exploring! Our Saturday Squad was made up of myself, Deidre, Manda, Jamie, and Moonpie. Ok, his real name is Matthew but no one ever calls him. But he is a person and not a little dessert. After having breakfast with a few other people (like Melinda) we parted ways and our squad headed downtown. After a little public transportation mishap where we got off the correct train, we finally made it to the Field Museum. This is where you can find Sue The T-Rex. She’s beautiful and is a huge fan of selfies.
We wandered around and had a great time checking out all the displays. If you find yourself in the area be sure to check it out! While waiting on our Uber to take us over to The Bean, a random lady asked myself and Jamie if we could take our photo because she loved our dresses. I was wearing a Marvel dress and Jamie had one a cute Star Wars dress. It was weird but we said OK. She even said something like “I’m sure you girls have been asked this a lot today!” Um, no? You were the only one? Our Uber showed up and we headed off to The Bean to do stupid Bean photos because that is what you do. Of course I couldn’t help but think of Andy Dwyer and his “Is this why Chicago is called Bean Town? line from Parks & Rec.
And that’s The Bean. We then did some more walking, stopped at the Disney Store and Al’s Beef because Jamie needed some meat in her mouth. I actually wasn’t hungry and didn’t order anything this time around. After grabbing the food we then made our way back to Manda’s where we played Exploding Kittens and we found out that Manda is a serial killer because she took out every single one of us. She felt no remorse! Since we had an early morning (I do NOT wake up like this) we called it a night!
Here are a few more photos, mainly from Sunday. I didn’t want to do another post and they didn’t fit in with the Renner stuff. Enjoy!
I did see Travis for 2 seconds but sadly we didn’t take a selfie! Next time Travis!
One of my favorite blogs to read is Adventures of a London Kiwi. She goes on the most amazing trips and shares some great photos. She takes part in a link up as well and I’ve always said I would join in and never have. Well, that changes now! When I saw the current prompt/theme was “What is your travel personality?” I knew I had to join in.
So, tell us, who are you when you travel? This month’s topic is hearkening to the most important factor of your travel adventures, you. We want to know about your travel personality – are you a last-minute-throw-everything-together traveller, pre-organised to a point of zen-like calm or something altogether different? Post ideas might touch on what your travel personality & style is – has it changed, what happens when you travel with other people, can you not bear to be spotted as a tourist, do you ever have varying styles?
Lately, a lot of my traveling has centered around attending comic conventions. Even when it’s a rare trip that’s not about a con, I still manage to let my nerdy side shine. A perfect example is my recent trip to London. While I wasn’t there to attend a convention, it did center around the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiere. Not only that, but my friend Katy put together a fantastic Marvel themed itinerary that took us all over place. Back in 2012, I went to Hawaii for the first time. It was a “regular” vacation but you know I took the opportunity to go on a movie/TV themed tour. I saw where they filmed movies like “Jurassic Park” and shows like “Hawaii Five-0.” I loved every minute of it!
Thanks to conventions though, I’ve been to cities I never thought I’d see. I found out that I love San Diego. The weather is amazing, the people are nice, and the area is just laid back. I went to Charlotte, NC for the first time this year and wondered what took me so long to visit! I look forward to conventions taking me to even more amazing locations in the future.
While conventions require a ton of planning, when I’m going on a “real” vacation, I don’t like to have everything planned down to the minute. I might pre-book a few things, especially if it will help save money, but I make sure to leave plenty of free time. It is a vacation after all. The last thing I want to be is stressed because I didn’t leave enough time between excursions. Sometimes you just want to lay on the beach for days and sip on some drinks. But other times, I really don’t plan anything at all, and trips just happen. Last year I decided to drive to Chicago for a weekend with Deidre to meet Stephen Amell (Arrow). We saw tickets were on sale, bought them, and THEN checked with friends to see if it was cool if we stayed with them. And guess what? I just did the same thing AGAIN, except this time I won’t be driving, and it’s for Jeremy Renner.
I’m someone who will check my luggage multiple times before I leave. I check again and again to make sure all my documents are in the same spot, that everything is charged that needs to be charged. I’ll keep adding things too until right before I leave! It’s insane really. I’ve gotten a little better with it, but it’s still something I do a lot.
Smaller Is Better
As far as the number of people I travel with, the smaller the number, the better. I think four is my limit honestly. I love all my friends, but sometimes you just need some space and that can be hard to do in a hotel room with too many people. I’ve gone the condo rental route before and that helps if I’m with a group. Of course if I have friends in the area (say at a convention), I love hanging out with them! But I love when they go back to their own rooms too! #SorryNotSorry
How My Travel Style Has Changed
I put a lot more thought into what I’m packing now. When I was younger I’d just throw clothes in my suitcase and assume everything would match but that was never the case. Now I do my best to check weather, see if there are any plans for nicer dinners, and just make sure whatever casual stuff I pack, it actually all looks decent together. I’m not someone who wears make up on a regular basis, but I have started packing a little for vacations. I want to make sure I look decent in any photos, especially since I’m someone who suffers from dark circles under my eyes. So, as I’ve grown and changed as a person, so has my travel style!
And there you have it. I feel like my most might be a little all over the place but it was fun to do. I’ve never really thought about my travel style or personality before. I’m glad I finally took part in this Link Up though! I can’t wait to read all the other posts.