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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.



Your hearting is beating sooooo fast you can hardly breath.....but you keep putting one foot in front of the other and go deeper and deeper into the darkness of the woods.  As you walk slowly through the woods it seems almost as if the trees have arms and are reaching for you......the sounds around you get LOUDER and LOUDER....the air becomes "different" and you notice there is not even a slight breeze.....something DARTS in front of you.....you turn....point your flashlight and there is ..........is  NOTHING!!!!  Now fear sets in......what if I get lost.............what if something attacks me out here............what if I get hurt and no one can find in time.........WHAT IF..........WHAT IF..........WHAT IF............. you can DRIVE yourself CRAZY with WHAT IF'S!!!!

Photo taken by John Martin
Why do the WOODS seem soooo much scarier than an old abandon house or cemetery?  Is it the possibilities are much GREATER of the UNKNOWN? The truth is....the woods hold no more danger than any other location.  There is always things for you to be aware of at ANY location.  Just like any other location, a spirit can be attached for many different reasons.  ANYWHERE there is GREAT EMOTION more than likely, you find some kind of a haunting. 

I recently investigated a private residence that I believe had someone watching over the land because back in the day......when THIS PERSON was alive and living on the beautiful piece of property (horse ranch) every night they would have to stand watch because the threat of an Indian attack.  Farmers and ranchers could not leave their ranches even to go help their neighbors that might need help because IF they left their post, Indians would attack.   So, part of this haunting, I believe was because the previous land owner loved his land and wanted to protect it.........EVEN IN THE AFTER LIFE.

I want to share with you all about the WOODS that we go through every end of the month when I do my tours.  Now granted, the woods surrounding the Old Alton Bridge are not super thick.....but they DO hold many spirits!

The woods surrounding the Bridge are said to be haunted by the KKK and several other spirits that where associated with the surrounds at one time or another.  The picture below was taken by one of our team members, John Martin, out at the bridge.  We believe it could be the lady we call LaLorna that wanders the woods looking for her young child that drown in the creek.
Photo taken by John Martin.
Is the lady that wanders the woods along the
creek bed looking for her daughter that drown in the creek?

Another report of paranormal activity surrounding the woods are that MANY TIMES you can see "glowing lights" dancing around in the woods.  These lights are reported to be the lanterns of the KKK as they make their way through the woods waiting on unsuspecting victims as they walk through the dark woods.  I can tell you, that this is a COMMON occurrence on our tours.

Who is THIS in the woods???
Photo by John Martin
A little easier to see.

Are these woods full of the lanterns
carried by the KKK? 
The Old Alton Woods

Ok......here is my shameless plug....for more information on my tours, see to the left of the blog.( Sorry, but hey....as long as I was talking about WOODS..... LOL)


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