Showing posts with label Jerome Arizona. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jerome Arizona. Show all posts

Chasing Ghosts!

So, if you've read the blog recently, you know that last
weekend I was in Jerome with my girlfriends. 
(Love these crazy kids!)
Kyle calling The Ghostbusters upon arriving at the Jerome Grand Hotel.
Janet grabbing Elvis - what a hoot!
Us getting photo-bombed by a local shop owner in front of Passion Cellars Wine Tasting!
Jerome is one of Arizona's most talked about, historic, unique, colorful, artistic, and haunted, little towns.
(Lot's of cool stuff to photograph, too!)
The Textures of Jerome remind of the ones in Italy.
You can read the pre-trip post, here, about the 'Ghostly Encounter' I had the last time I stayed over night at the Jerome Grand Hotel (room 43 I think we decided it was)
Picked up a new book while it town,....should have read this before my last trip! ;-)

I've been fascinated with ghosts and ghost/supernatural/spirit stories since I was a little girl, but since I wasn't really looking to hit the 'replay' button on the above mentioned experience again, I was careful to 'ground' myself prior to entering the hotel this time; and, I had a little 'talk' with the spirits who inhabit this super cool, old building (it was once a hospital), letting them know my rules and intentions from the get-go!
For the people who have asked how our weekend was and told us to post some things, here's a little pictorial for you.
The 'Haunted' Jerome Grand Hotel
My sister and I were up rather early Sunday morning and got the chance to chat with Carrie, a super nice guest at the hotel who was also up with the sun and sitting outside. After exchanging stories and telling her to go to the Flatiron for the best coffee on the planet once her friends woke up and started moving about, we went our separate ways - saying hello to them at the restaurant later that morning.
You can read my 'review' of The Flatiron, here!
Well, Carrie messaged me this week with quite the story telling about how she recorded some 'whispering' in her hotel room during the night with her phone!
She said she didn't hear the whispering while it was happening and didn't bother to listen to her recording until returning back to the Valley at the end of the weekend, and that's when she discovered it!  You can read her comments, here, at the bottom of the post.
Pretty scary stuff if you ask me!!
You'll be happy to know (or possibly disappointed) that I was not visited by, nor did I see any ghostly beings,...although, we did capture something in this photo (an apparition, perhaps?). 
4th Floor landing at the Jerome Grand Hotel
Photo taken 2-22-14 - approximately 7:00p.m.
Taken with my Htc-rezound phone - no editing, except for the photo frame.
The 'yellow' light is a reflection of the lamp light that was next to this bureau.
The white-ish cloudiness that's smeared across the photo?
Well, let's just say it's 'something' interesting.
The people who were up on the 4th floor with their EMF meter and IR thermometer were picking up quite the activity in this exact location and upon seeing the photo, were certain that our 'something' really was 'SOMETHING'!
I hope if you're ever in Arizona, that you take the time to visit Jerome.
The Sights of Jerome
It's a great little place, full of excitement, full of history, fun, adventure, great people and lots of photo ops.
Lovely old, rusty car in the Jerome Grand Hotel Parking Lot
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and
Hanging with Friends in Haunted Places!

Focus on Life 201 - Week 9 - Macro

It's week 9 for the Focus on Life 2014 Weekly Photography Challenge and Sally over at The Studio Sublime has given us the theme of "Checking Out" for the month of March.
Sally explains this month's prompt, "March for me is the beginning of Spring and a good time for checking out!  There are many definitions of "checking out", but I'm talking about checking out and exploring the world around us.  Some times when we are checked out of life and checked in to technology we tend to not focus on the amazing things that are happening around us every minute of everyday."
For week 9, our prompt is:
Macro Shot
"This week we are going to get up close and really check things out!"
I just LOVE macro shots!
Click photo to enlarge :-)

I'm much better at drooling over them than I am at actually capturing them, but hey, I have fun trying!
 I spent last weekend 'checking out' Jerome, AZ with my sister and a couple of friends and was happy enough to capture some cool macro shots of the beautiful, fresh flowers that were on our table at The Flatiron.
Everything about The Flatiron was super!
From the relaxed atmosphere, to the awesome meals that Chad prepared, to the fun banter that could be heard between Jen and Amy behind the bar area.

This place was rockin' the cool-vibe

My sister's waffles on Sunday!  Yummy!
And, just so you know, they have the best coffee on the planet! (thank you Amy!)
And some really beautiful flowers that make for great macro shots, too!

Click to enlarge photo collage :-)
Please click on all the links below to check out what gorgeous, up-close macro shots the rest of the Focus on Life gang has captured this week, okay?
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Macro Lust!

Earrings Everyday Challenge and Other Inspiration

Hey there, I just wanted to give a shout out and let everyone know of the monthly challenge that's happening over on the Earrings Everyday Blog.
I love earrings and 'haunt' this site regularly, commenting (when time allows) on all the super cool, drool-worthy earrings and information they post daily.
And, they're doing a give-a-way, too!
Click here to go to the post and get all the juicy details!
I was trying to make time to create a pair of earrings for the monthly challenge and the link-up happening tomorrow - Friday, February 21st -  but with work and a few other things going on, it might not happening as I would like.  
  Please head over and join in the fun if you can find the time.
  At the very least, stop by to check out the blog and every one's link-up entries tomorrow.
I'm excited to see all the cool creations using the art inspiration they have provided!
I am packing up to head out to Jerome 
with my sister and some friends this weekend.
This little, old mining town is a wealth of cool inspiration - to say the absolute least!
Jerome, Arizona
With all its old doors, haunted hot spots, wicked landscape and amazing panoramic views, I'm hopeful that many of the artists shops that closed during the 'great recession' have re-opened because the talent and uber-cool vibe that fills this town is infectious and I'm completely ready to soak it up!
Via Margaret McDowell on Pinterest
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Finding Inspiration Everywhere!

Heading off to Haunted Places

Fun times are ahead as I travel to
with my sister and a couple of friends this weekend.
Janet, Kyle and Marsha - Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix AZ

We're staying the night in the Jerome Grand Hotel.
The Jerome Grand Hotel
Yes, the very cool, very HAUNTED
The Jerome Grand Hotel
I've stayed there before with my niece and my sis and had a not so pleasant 'ghostly' experience
Misha and Aunt Shelly - Jerome Grand Hotel - 2006
Some weird, dark, 'mass' thing tried to enter my body, on my right shoulder, while I was sleeping. It was super creepy and scared the daylights out of me.  My sister kept telling me to be quiet during the night because I guess I kept trying to call her name when it would wake me up and freak me out.   And when I would wake up, it would just 'hover' back towards the end of the bed and then fade away. Then, right as I would drift back to sleep, it would come back and start pushing on my shoulder again, was a very restless night!  
Misha and Marsha - Jerome Grand Hotel - 2006
The next day, at check out, the lady asked us if we had a nice stay and of course we said 'yes'. 
After all, it is a super cool hotel. It was decorated for Halloween the weekend we were there and the Otis elevator is like the oldest of its kind still in operation or something like that, and the restaurant/bar (The Asylum!) is great and the hotel itself is just a modern-day marvel,....built so long ago on the edge of a mountain on a slope - wowsers!
Misha and Marsha - Laughing while seated inside the Jerome Grand Otis Elevator - 2006
Anyway, after we answered the lady's question, my niece says, "Oh, except for the ghostly experience my Aunt had."
  The lady stops, looks up from her book she's writing in and says, "What did you experience?" 
My niece proceeds to tell her the story of my 'ghostly invader' during the night and the lady looks down at her book and back up to us and asks, "What room were you in again?" 
My niece tells her (I can't remember for the life of me what the room number was - sorry!) and the lady looks back down at her book, then back at my niece and says,
"Oh. Umm,...Uh-uh."
"I'm sorry?" I blurted out. "What exactly does, 'oh. umm. uh-uh', mean?"   And the lady looks over to me as I'm sitting on this couch by the front desk area and says, "We've had people tell us about similar experiences in that room before."
"Really!?!"  Alrighty then. Yep. Probably would have been good to know prior to check in and I should have read the little 'ghostly experiences of our guests' guest book before we were waiting to check out of the hotel. (It was in my hands as the front desk lady told me what 'oh. um,...uh-uh' meant!)
So, needless to say, I'm both excited to return to the Jerome Grand Hotel and a bit on the apprehensive side, too. 
I will definitely ground myself before walking anywhere near the hotel or it's grounds and will be keeping a vigilant eye out for 'things' as we walk around this time. Instead of like last time when I was practically skipping down the halls saying things like , "I hope I see a ghost!", "I wonder what rooms have ghosts?",  "Wouldn't it be super cool to see  something like that while we're here?"

Marsha and Shelly - Jerome, AZ 2006
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Ghost Town Adventures!

**Please click on all the above links to read more stories and 'visit' the Jerome Grand Hotel for yourself!!**