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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 37 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one explainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.



So, now you have decided that you want to go on a real ghost hunt.  You pick your location...because you have researched and researched on the internet to find just the right spot!

You pick your date to go..... and the perfect time at night, you get your group of friends or team together and you jump in the car....and away you go!!!!!  Right???................WRONG!!!!

Ghost hunting is know different from anything else.  You have to have safety guidelines to follow.  You don't want anyone getting hurt during an investigation.  It can be very dangerous if not done properly.

So lets go over a couple of safety tips before you do an investigation.

1.  ALWAYS check out the location in the daytime and preferably the day OF the investigation so that you see exactly what objects are in the area.  If it is an outdoor location, check for unlevel  ground and holes, places where people might trip or fall.  Objects that  people could run in to.....fences...large tree branches, etc.  This is very import.  And let me give you a word of advice..... if you are investigating in old cemeteries  you need to walk around carefully and if possible mark "soft spots" in the ground or places that seem to "sink in" in front of headstones.  The reason for this is back a long time ago, coffins were made of wood and you know what happens to wood when you put it in the ground for a long period of time.....that's right......it rots!!!  And let me tell you from experience..............if you think running into a ghost is bad.....just wait until you step on top of a grave and it caves in with your leg going straight through the coffin....................let me tell you......that old saying "fast as lightening" That ain't nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And if you are doing an investigation inside, still take a good look around for things that could possibly be hazardous to you or your team members.  See an example below.
HOW GOOD ARE YOU???  In the pictures below, let's say you are going to do an investigation at this location, what potential hazards do you see?  No peeking.....I have posted just a FEW I see at the end of this page.

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Can you find more than me?
I found at least 10
Bonus Points if you find the Orb!

I found at least 7
I found at least 7
I found at least 5

2.  Never go alone!  Actually this should be #1 but I am to lazy to go back and delete and paste and re-paste this tip ….lol   But really, never go alone.  This way if something happens…you fall, trip or hurt yourself in someway, you will have someone there to help you or can call for help.  (and in the case of craving in a grave with your leg........someone to chase you down while your running and yell "hey....you forgot your shoe!!!!" LOL

3. Make sure you have an alternative light source.  Say your batteries are drained and you run out of extra batteries, make sure you have either a lighter or candles, or both. Preferably a Bic lighter, that way if you drop it, it won’t start a fire(hopefully). Glow sticks are an excellent source of light.  Always have a "backup plan" for lighting.

4.  Something that people don’t always think of (myself included, I know you thought I was perfect…but no..lol) tell someone who ISN’T going on the investigation with you, where you will be and if possible, about what time you will return.  Ok.... this is for obvious reasons....like a ghost gets you!!! LOL

5.  And last, make sure you have a first aid kit available for small “boo boo's".
Ok.  That is more than a couple of tips but I wanted you guys to be safe out there.  Also, bring water if you are going to be out for long periods of time......well, you may get thirsty....who knows? :)

OK...below are the pictures from above that I have pointed out some potential hazardous objects.  How well did you do????

On a quick note....stay tuned for my posting on the Haunted Congress Hotel in Chicago.  I just got back yesterday and will be going through the evidence.  I think you will find it VERY interesting!

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