Showing posts from June, 2014

Changes Are Afoot

After my trip to Virginia with Sharon, I have decided to expand my stories and pictures to more than just the southwest.  We have future plans to travel to many more states and even a eventually trip to Italy.  Not only will I report on the trips I take with Sharon, but with others as well.  I will give you the trip through my eyes and how this paranormal geek approaches a vacation spot.  I don't typically always hit the tourist locations, but the off-the-wall unusual places, especially when I go somewhere with Sharon.  I will provide pictures and information/history on the places I visit.  It will still be "Above the Norm", but not just bizarre Arizona.  My next several posts will be on the Virginia trip I just took with Sharon.  I just need to get through the many photos I took, so bare with me.

Virginia: Around Gloucester County

There was lots to see and do around Gloucester County, VA.  We traveled through Mathews down to New Point, all around and through Mobjack Bay to the New Point Comfort Lighthouse.  We saw lots of abandoned structures, hit the beaches, saw historic ruins, and chased ghost pirates in the woods.  Sharon and I had lots of fun and adventure while in Gloucester.

Virginia: From Fredricksburg to Gloucester

After leaving Fairfax, we traveled down Interstate 95 until we got to Fredericksburg.  We stopped in a Dunkin Donuts for an iced coffee and to pee.  We got back on the 95, then State Route 17, and headed towards Gloucester where we plan to spend four nights and three full days exploring, ghost hunting, and visiting historic sites.  These photos are some of what we saw on our route.

Virginia: Around Fairfax

I will be posting some of our trip so far.  We spent the last couple days in Fairfax visiting Sharon's childhood home and photographing whatever we found interesting.  I will post pictures with captions, but on later posts, I will go into more detail about each place.

Off We Go...

...into the wild blue yonder!   Sharon and I are off to Virginia.  Look for lots of posts on this trip.

*NOTE - Look for the changes in this Above the Norm blog when I return from my trip.  I will be linking this blog to Sharon's Ghost Hunting Theories blog and making it an adventurer's blog.  I will be showing you places I have been and other places exciting to visit.  I will not just be focusing on the southwest, but other places around the U.S. and world.  I am planning a trip to Italy within the next couple years with my gal pals and can't wait to report our adventures.  Since I have an Arizona travel book about to be published, I realized how much fun I had writing and putting this book together, so I want to do more.  I am currently working on a journal-type travel book of Sharon and I's trip to WV/PA last summer.  I am excited about the changes, so look for all my paranormal geek's adventures.

Arizona Travels: Grand Canyon

A little snippet from my Arizona Travels book (coming out soon) about the Grand Canyon:

The Grand Canyon is located in the northern part of Arizona and a must see place to visit. With approximately five million guests each year, this majestic place offers breathtaking views. You can spend an entire day or two traveling around the park and get a different experience viewing the canyon from various locations. The canyon has several hotel choices, gift shops, the skywalk, picnic areas and restaurants. You can also take a helicopter ride inside the canyon, hike down to the bottom, white water raft trips on the Colorado River, or ride the rails from Williams, AZ. If you are one who loves a paranormal experience, the Grand Canyon has had its fair share of ghost and UFO sightings.
Grand Canyon *The above site will help you to find all the information on the Grand Canyon you will need to make your visit a pleasant one.
Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk www.grandcan…

My Top 10 Posts Since 2009

I have noticed that many of my older posts are getting lots of attention.  I am very happy about getting the traffic to my blog.  I thought I would make a list of the top 10 posts people seem to be interested in.  (Check out my sidebar for more of my top Popular Posts.)

1.  Gremlins: Those Pesty Little Creatures

2.  Disneyland: The Happiest Haunted Place on Earth

3.  Giants Buried in the Desert

4.  Haunted Houses in Arizona

5.  Urban Legend: When a Stranger Calls

6.  Mother Nature's Weird Creations

7.  Finding Bigfoot in Payson

8.  26 Bar Ranch (John Wayne Ranch)

9.  Hobo Camps: Riding the Railroads with Hobos

10.  Ouija Board: Spirit Board or Just a Game?

Splish Splash

Even though Arizona is mostly desert, it does have places where water is apparent.  There are many lakes and rivers to cool off in along with a few water parks.  Some of the more popular and larger lakes are:  Bartlett Lake (48 miles from downtown Phoenix), Bear Canyon Lake (near Payson), Canyon Lake (51 miles east of Phoenix), Fool Hollow Lake (near Show Low), Lake Havasu (Lake Havasu City), Lake Powell (between Arizona and Utah borders), Lynx Lake (near Prescott), Lake Pleasant (north of Phoenix), and many more.
We like to camp in the White Mountains and enjoy the refreshing waters of the rivers near our campsite.  My husband and friends benefit from the waters of Fool Hollow Lake for fishing.  “Fool Hollow was named for a hapless settler who attempted to farm the rocky canyon in the 1880s. The Arizona Game and Fish Department constructed the lake in 1957 specifically to provide water-oriented outdoor recreation. The lake consists of 150 acres (61 ha), with an average depth of 23 f…

Paranormal Geeks Gang Book Finally Published!!

Our Paranormal Geeks Gang book is finally available to purchase on your Kindle, Nook, and paper copy for your enjoyment!  This book is the first in a series of a tween group of kids who form a group who are out to get answers of everything paranormal.  The first book, Geeks and Ghosts, brings them face to face with two Civil War military men, who are ghosts seen at the home and property of the gang's siblings.  So get to know, Kennedy, Clayton, Ben, SheShe, and follow along on their adventures into the paranormal.

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Crossing the James River

On the 2005 vacation in Virginia, we decided to take some time off our drive-time from Jamestown back to Norfolk.  My uncle said the back roads have amazing scenery and he thought we would enjoy the drive.  To get there, we took a "fairy" ride on the Pocahontas along with our car.  He was right, the drive was wonderful with my cousin scoring big on a pound of blueberries at a roadside fruit/veggie stand.