Thursday, November 29, 2012

Paranormal Geeks Book On Sale Now!



Sharon and I's "Paranormal Geek" book is now available to buy on amazon.com/Paranormal-Geeks.  It is a labor of love for all our ghost, Bigfoot, UFO loving friends, and all other paranormal geeks out there.

“Paranormal Geeks” by Sharon Day and Julie Ferguson is an endearing homage to those of us who are into everything from UFOs to psychics, Bigfoot to ghosts, zombies to conspiracy theories. These two humorous paranormal bloggers interviewed dozens of paranormal geeks to find what made them PGs, their types, degrees, and ways they express it in their lifestyles and hobbies. There is a quiz to find out how much of a geek you are and a certificate to honor you in the end. The book also contains a large resources section to get your paranormal geek interests advanced to the next level. These authors take you on a magical journey into the minds of paranormal geeks and in the end remind us that we have found our large and varied tribe. As the authors like to remind us, “we outnumber the normal people.”

It is also available on Kindle for you to download to your Kindle, PC, pad and cell phones.  You can order the book and download for free the Kindle Reader to your electronic devices.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Now You See It, Now You Don't

November 2010
The big tin factory is gone!  We had heard from a friend living in Casa Grande that they demolished the huge tin building.  From what we found inside, we thought it might had once been a factory.  Now, all that is there is the boulder with a pipe inside of it and a large slab of cement where the building once stood.

November 2010

November 2010

November 2012

November 2012

November 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Geek Logos and Gifts



I have added a couple more logos in the Paranormal Geeks Book CafePress shop.  I have added the book's tag line, "we outnumber the normal people".  Check out the logo on the many items in our shop.  These will make fun Christmas presents for the geeks in your life.

http://www.cafepress.com/paranormalgeeksbook







Saturday, November 24, 2012

Renting the Domes


That's right, we can rent the Domes.  The first place we headed to when we got to Casa Grande was the Domes.  We have not visited there in over two years and was curious to see if the back structure was still standing.

As we were driving up to the Domes, we noticed a group of people standing by their cars.  We waited in the car to see what they were going to do.  We decided to get our cameras, hats and water ready to sneak walk over to the Domes.  Another car arrived and parked in front of us.  We found out it was the owners and that group rented the Domes for the day.  Sharon got his information because we were interested in having the place to ourselves with permission.  Meanwhile, I took some pictures of the outside and was glad to see the back structure still standing.  Sadly, we could not get inside to get more pictures.

We are planning on renting the place out for a day and into the night possibly in January.  We will be inviting others to join us in taking pictures, having a potluck, listening to awesome music, and ending the night in a ghost hunt with several EVP sessions.  Be looking for the invite in a future post and on Facebook.

The back structure.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Downtown Historic Casa Grande

We have trekked around Casa Grande, AZ several times, but his is the first time we hit the historic downtown.  We found it charming.









Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Where the Hell Did Picacho Go?

Picacho, AZ, July 2011
In July of 2011, Sharon and I took a road trip to Tucson, AZ to visit our friend and attend a seminar.  We had noticed some old motel signs and what appeared to be abandoned buildings while traveling north and south along Interstate 10. The signs and motels were on the northbound side of the highway but since we were taking another route south towards home, we flipped a U-turn and check out the town of Picacho.  The town is located north of the famous mountain, Picacho Peak.  It seemed like everywhere we turned was an abandoned place where we could take lots of pictures.  This town was an urban explorer's dream place to visit.  We were so glad we took the detour and checked out Picacho. This little settlement was a place we definitely wanted to revisit again.

Picacho, July 2011


Take note of this sign.

This was across the street from the water tower.
This picture was taken from the parking lot of the place above.
Just this past weekend, we decided to take a road trip and revisit some of the places we hadn't seen in a year or two.  Of course, we wanted to check out Picacho and see what structures might still be standing.  What we found was quite surprising.  Sharon took the exit to Picacho and we drove the same frontage road we took over a year ago.  An eerie feeling came over me when all we saw was a water tower and one old motel sign.  We thought we might have been in the wrong place, so Sharon drove further down the frontage road.  When we got to the Picacho Peak gift shop and Dairy Queen, we were confused.  Where the hell is Picacho?  We stopped at the gift shop and asked the cashier what happen to the town.  She said it was completely torn down and all that was left was a sign and water tower.  We didn't miss the town, it has been wiped out from existence.  I was glad to hear this because I thought I was going crazy. I felt like we were in an episode of the "Twilight Zone" or the town was hiding under Harry Potter's cloak.  We went back to take pictures of what the place looks like now, barren and quiet.  It was a bit sad to see it all gone.

Picacho, November 2012


The lone motel sign is all that is left.


This time the picture was taken in an empty dirt field.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Paranormal Christmas Cards

We are offering Christmas cards in our Paranormal Geeks Book CafePress shop.
Order yours today!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Barrett Village: A Mini Wonder



Quartzsite, Arizona can boast fabulous weather in the winter which brings lots of visitors and the largest gem and rock show.  There is one other place to add on your list of must sees while in Quartzsite and that is Barrett Village.  Sitting on a small band of dirt behind the parking lot of the Quartzsite Historical Museum which is located near the Tyson Well Old Stage Station at 161 W. Main Street is a mini village of stone buildings. 

In 1970, Walter Barrett and his wife moved to Quartzsite, AZ from Ferndale, Washington.  He became fascinated with all the interesting rocks located in the area and started a rock collection as well as made jewelry.  He built their home out of stones and used his collection to make several projects around their property.  The first thing he made was a birdbath out of stone to accommodate all the birds hanging out on their land.  After that, he built the mini village.  He poured over eight years of love into each structure even doing a replica of his birth home in Farmville, NC.  In the tiny town he built a general store, churches, a castle, lighthouse, several homes, ranches and much more.  After Walter’s death, in March of 1991 his children donate the mini village to the Quartzsite Historical Society and moved it to its current location.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dry Docked in Quartzsite

Abandoned mine near Quartzsite.
Located in western Arizona in La Paz County sits the small town of Quartzsite.  Like many of the towns in Arizona, mines were a prominent resource in their heydays.  These days, Quartzsite has a few thousand residence but can get over two million visitors a year which keeps the economy going.  The area has a large RV park and is usually full to capacity in January and February when the weather is amazing.  Quartzsite is also known for having the largest rock and gem show.  People come from all over to attend this event.

Quartzsite does have some interesting places and things to see while in town.  One is the grave marker of Hadji Ali or better known as Hi Jolly.  He was "an Ottoman citizen of Greek-Syrian parentage, who took part in the experimental U.S. Camel Corps as a camel driver".  Stories such as Ghost Camels and the Red Camel with its Headless Rider came to life after the Camel Corp disband and the camels were let go.  Some of the camels ended up roaming the barren desert.


Another place to see while in Quartzsite is the Quartzsite Yacht Club.  The building was once known as "The Jigsaw" and bought by Al Madden in the 1970's.  Al had a bit of a sense of humor and renamed the place the "Quartzsite Yacht Club Bar and Grill".  He came up with the motto, "Welcome aboard, long time, no sea" because there was any water around for miles.  He also thought it would be fun to sell memberships to whoever wanted to purchase one.  In 1995, the restaurant burnt down and Al decided to have it rebuilt.  The stress was too much for Al to handle and he died a year later.  Today, Al's legacy is still kept alive as well as his memory.  Some might tell you that Al is still watching over his dry-dock yacht club located in the desert.
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