If the number of “ghost hunter” shows on television is any indication, interest in the paranormal is at an all-time high.
But what if you wanted to get up off the couch and actually experience some of these unexplained phenomena for yourself? Well, thanks to my specter-savvy friend Karen Jeffries at New Orleans’ Dauphine House Bed & Breakfast, I’ve found two groups of experienced paranormal investigators that will actually allow curious amateurs like us to tag along on their field research outings.
If you’re eager to jump right in, I’d suggest booking a spot on the two-night New Orleans event the members of Southern Ghosts have planned for the weekend of January 29-31. You’ll get to spend the night exploring two of the Crescent City’s most haunted hotel properties as the team’s paranormal investigators and psychics attempt to document and communicate with the spirits that still call them home.
The second group, Nightwatchers Investigations, has more than a half-dozen events on their 2010 schedule. High points include visits to the legendary Wild West dance hall/gambling den/bordello known as the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona and the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the property that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining.
Both groups come highly recommended, so it’s really just a matter of picking the location you find most intriguing. Whichever trip you settle on, I think it’s safe to say you’ll find being right there in the middle of these spine-tingling experiences beats the heck out of sitting at home and watching them on TV!
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