Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been wanting to go ghosting hunting for a while. I watch all the shows; Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Asylum, Destination Truth… (::sniff sniff:: sad it’s canceled)
I fall into the skeptical side. I want to believe – but I need proof. I also fall into the – even if it’s real, who’s to say they’re ghosts and not something else? There’s so little we understand in our world that it could be anything.
So when the opportunity arose I jumped on board and hit the jackpot with Crossing Over Paranormal Society being the crew to lead this expedition in Jerome, Arizona. It’s known as a haunted town and used to be a copper mining town… also known to be a pretty wild place with brothels, gun fights, and all the other shenanigans that us Arizonans are up to (just kidding – sort of). Jerome is probably one of the more favorite spots of locals here to go where tourists don’t necessarily flock to as readily as they do to Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon. Two hours north of Phoenix, it’s a gem that’s truly worth a visit or two. It sits perched (quite literally) hillside overlooking the valley below and the red rocks beyond – making you feel like you’re sitting on top of the world. (elevation 5,066ft) If you’re a cryophilic like me, then you’ll probably enjoy this because it gets quite cold!
I didn’t know what to expect. I took the drive up alone and met some friends there – the entire time a bit worried about the drive back alone in the middle of the night. Zzzzz (Ended up worrying about nothing as it wasn’t bad at all) It was my first time in Jerome and first time ghost hunting.
Can we talk about Jerome first? I’ll be making a proper trip back because I didn’t really get to look around. But it’s really beautiful. It’s frozen in time and the homes are built on the cliff sides, making it a bit stomach dropping to drive up to this wonderfully creepy town. You literally feel like you’re leaning over the edge of a mountain anywhere you go in Jerome and I get the feeling that they didn’t really use levels back in the day to make sure you really aren’t leaning away from the mountain. Vertigo is common and several of us brought it up throughout the night. It’s disorienting and I’m sure leads to a lot of the feelings people get of the paranormal. Also, if you’re like me, it can also make you lightheaded and faint. I constantly needed to sit on the floor so I could feel a bit grounded and not topple over on anyone. (First impression much?)
What I expected: To follow around a bunch of up-tight paranormal investigators who are holding onto their equipment like it’s gold (err copper?) and preaching to us about the nuances of ghost hunting.
What I got: The complete opposite. Jay and Marie Yates were some of the most personable and down-to-earth people I’ve met in quite some time. What it lead to? A very relaxed and fun-loving team of amateur ghost hunters of all ages and backgrounds coming together to explore some ideas, feed some dreams, and have a good time.
We had free range of the rooms at the Mile High Grill & Inn (who has great french fries, by the way) and equipment. We had complete black-out and took our time going from room to room. Although I didn’t catch a ghost (booo) I did catch some great new friends and material for my books and am more excited than ever to keep exploring what this phenomena is. Next goal? Investigate an asylum.
This experience also further solidifies my belief that Arizona is the most underrated place in the world.
P.S. When traveling to Jerome, follow the traffic laws to a T. Going up the mountain the speed limits drop from 20 to 15 and to 10 mph. It’s no wonder, its tight turns that drop off into nothing and Jerome’s police means business. In the small town I found at least 4 people pulled over along the way.
Leave your comments below! Would you go ghost-hunting? Have you? Do you believe in ghosts? let me know! I’m open to ideas