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Doors to Nowhere

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Hotels and Bees

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Since I am spending a couple of nights at Sharon's this week, we decided to head back to Superior and Miami.  It had been awhile and we wanted to see how far they got on the refurbishing of the hotel Magma in Superior.  We were there at the beginning of the updating of the hotel and were wondering how much is completed.  I do believe they have plans of opening it up for business once more. After checking out Superior and taking pictures of abandoned structures, we will head back to Miami.  For the past five years we have watched a growing beehive under an abandoned apartment complex's rotting porch boards.  We were amazed that the hive did not break through.  We want to see if it finally collapsed under the weight of the hive.  We also want to explore a couple of the roads above the apartments to see what is there.  We only went along the road behind the apartments, but never went any further.  We are quite curious to see if there are any more abandoned homes.

PA: Night of the Living Dead and Bigfoot-Platypus

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DAY NINE Night of the Living Dead and Bigfoot-platypus Since we had an entire day to do whatever before our dinner plans with John, we decided to drive to the Evans City Cemetery.  This cemetery is where the opening scene of the “Night of the Living Dead” was shot. The drive was a couple of hours long from the hotel, but we didn’t mind.  It was drizzling with spots of rain and the weather was cool.  We spotted the sign for the cemetery which lead us up a small dark road.  It started sprinkling again, but we didn’t care.  While taking tons of photos around the cemetery, we were on the hunt for the headstone of “Nicholas Kramer”.  This was the very headstone Barbara was clinging to while her brother was being killed by a zombie in the movie, “Night of the Living Dead”.  We wanted to re-create the look she had while watching the undead man make a meal of her brother. We walked down every path and road running through the cemetery, but we could not fi

West Virginia: Mothman, Mounds and Prisons

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DAY SIX Mothman, Mounds, and Prisons If you are a paranormal geek and visiting West Virginia, you have to stop by and drop in on Point Pleasant.  We planned to pay a visit to this picturesque town and uncover further information about the Mothman. After driving through the scenic country, we finally saw the bridge to Point Pleasant in the distance.  We would have to travel over this bridge for entry to the town.  As we made our move on top of the bridge, Sharon had her video camera on and I was taking photos.  All of a sudden, and at the same instant, both our camera’s batteries expired.  Because both cameras were dissimilar, Sharon wondered if the surrounding elements (running water, bridge, right humidity, and air currents), possibly had formed a Faraday Effect.  (The Faraday Effect is a magneto-optical phenomenon, an interaction between light and a magnetic field in a medium.)   Whatever happened, we thought it was a weird coincidence. Point Pleasant is well-

West Virginia: A Town Called Sharon

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DAY FIVE A Town Called Sharon After Sharon and I left Pipestem, we headed towards Charleston and the Sleep Inn which was the next place for us to spend a night.  We were hoping to urban explore in some of the small towns along the way. The first place we stopped was the community of Friendship.  We thought the name alone was worth a sojourn through town.  We found the place to be quaint, much like Mayberry on the Andy Griffith show.  We did not see any abandoned places as we cruised around, but found noteworthy things to photograph.  We bought some snacks and drinks at the convenient store in town and got back on the highway. Sometimes it amazes us on how we come upon a forsaken edifice.  While driving down the highway to our lunch destination, we notice a sign with a familiar name.  We were heading towards a town called Sharon.  We knew it was an omen for us to stop and assess the location.  We took a picture of ourselves in front of the sign first.  Sharon no

West Virginia: Urban Exploring in Summers County

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DAY FOUR Urban Exploring in Summers County After breakfast and before heading out to urban explore in the area, we wanted to check out the Law Cemetery.  Because it rained the night before, we decided to see this tiny forest cemetery in the day.  The cemetery is tucked deep in the thick forests of Pipestem.  We parked next to Cabin 5 to take the path next to it.  This cabin is reported to be haunted and we wanted to stay in it.  Unfortunately, it was already booked.  The path was small in width, and took us about 15 minutes to get to the cemetery.  The grounds were surrounded with a newly constructed wood fence.  The old wood fence was still lying on the ground outside the perimeter.  Some of the Law Family members are buried in this cemetery along with a few others.  We took some pictures and headed back to the car.  One of the things we wanted to do while staying at Pipestem was to go urban exploring.  We wanted to find remarkable places in our second Abandoned Places