In our annual tradition, Hubster and I head off to Reno with friends for a short break from the everyday drudgery. Since tossing our money onto gambling tables gets old fast (especially when on the losing end), we always brainstorm other activities to partake in, something new every year. As Halloween was only a week away, we decided a paranormal side trip might be fun. And Virginia City is one of the three most haunted American locations, according to the Syfy Channel. The genius behind super-movies such as Dinocroc and Sharktopus couldn’t possibly be wrong.
We signed up for the Bats in the Belfrey ghost walk, rejecting the grand opportunity for a follow-up, full-on, extra-fee paranormal investigation. One can handle only so much spine tingling. The tour started out by stuffing us all in the Silver Casino chapel, where a wedding had just occurred (almost nabbed some free cake). Our photographer friend added in the background special effects.
The venture then led us through various parts of town…
The jail (a cool place full of history I plan to revisit)
The Silver Queen Hotel, which boasts a suicidal ghost haunting its creepy, narrow hallways (I’ll stay at the Sands, thank you very much) and its own (alleged) vortex…they felt it standing there, believe me. Well, one guy claimed to, anyway.
An old house with creepy kid’s room and ancient photograph of the prospector’s glaring, unhappy wife (which I should have taken a picture of, but she was too scary)
But alas. No ghosties came out to visit…although there was a cold, whipping wind and some phantom odors. Oh wait – the investigator noted that malodorous vapor was just some bad chili wafting from someone in the crowd. I have my suspicions who produced it, but won’t name any names.
The only possible paranormal phenomenon was in the “Crypt” of the Washoe Club. As the name implies, the Crypt is a cold, beyond cozy, completely bricked in room. Hubster wanted a picture, so I grudgingly obliged. When he looked at me through the camera, tiny orbs floated everywhere. Picture time? Nuthin’. But it looked a lot like the below photo, courtesy of Travel Channel:
We did, however, encounter some fun with hats!
Visit any spooky places lately?