Sunday, March 27, 2011

I ain't skurred o' no ghost

Tonight I took the "wifey" aka Br out for some fun. The munchkin was away and the adults went out to play. =)

Im sure many of you know our fascination with spooky stuffs. Plus I love LOOOOVVVEEE history. Tonight our adventure took us to Old Town San Diego. I bought tickets on line for Ghostly Tours in History - A walking tour of Old Town We were supposed to meet outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel at 9:30, yet arrive 15 min early. We got to Old Town at about 8pm (I hate being late and parking is HORRIBLE) since we were so early food was to be had. Stopped in at the Barra Barra and had some awesome chicken tacos. Nomage was SO good and filling too, service meh not impressed.
About 8:45 we moseyed on over to the Cosmo Hotel. Walked around a bit, talked to the hostess. Waited around till about 9:40p and then got fed up. No one ever showed! Sure we saw people walking around in period wear but no one said anything to us. The was no "Tour Meets Here" sign or anything. So I made a phone call and left a delightful msg on the company's machine, nicely stating what had happened, the time and that I would be calling again in the AM to arrange a refund. At this point Br say's "Maybe we just missed them some how, let's walk up to the Whaley House and see if they know anything about our tour since it is supposed to be included."
We get up there and see a tour in the house already. Knock on a window to get attention of a guide. A nice and hansom gentleman comes to our aide. Victor? Vincent? I don't remember. He has the personal number of the owner of the tour company and gives her a call for us. She asks to speak to me, the tour guide for the evening told her that no one showed up tonight and so he packed it in. However she was going to make a call and see if she could get one of the others to give us at least a little tour so we weren't totally screwed. As we are waiting for her to call back I see someone who looks like it could be one of her tour guides walking down the street. I asked him if he was with the company, which he is, and if Lenore had contacted him. As I started to explain what happened she called, him! They arranged for him to "baby sit" us for a little while and someone else would come out to give us a decent tour. It is now pushing 1030-11pm. We go down the road to the oldest cemetary in San Diego and he entertained us for a good 30-45 mins.
A huge thank you to that guy (Magnus) for staying after hours and chilling with us. Lord knows he better get something good for that. I know his girlfriend was expecting him home and we kept him out.
So now its after 11 and a woman in all black 1850's attire shows up complete with HUGE feathered hat. We get handed off from Magnus to Lenore. Lenore takes us back through some of the spots in the cemetery and shows us where to take pictures and what to look for in them. We got some really good shots of some REALLY interesting stuff. After that she asks if we don't mind driving around a bit because most of the things we would normally see in the area are closed but she is more then willing to take us to some other areas that are with in a short drive. WOOT WOOT we are all about it. So after a quick stop off at the Whaley House for some of that history. (I got a pretty good shot of a little girl in a window) We headed off to a few of the local parks.
Did you know that there is a law in California that if a cemetery hasn't been used in 50 years it can be sold to the public for other use. WTF is with that SHIT? First place we went to that happened to. It was made into an elementary school and the rest of it was made into a park. They just took the headstones and dumped them in ditches. A few years later some partiers found the head stones and brought it to the cities attention. A memorial was erected and a few of the neater headstones were set up to be viewed in the park. I guess they had been having some "spooky" things happening in the area up until the memorial was made. Guess the "residents" didn't mind the park so much they just didn't want the markers in a ditch.
Then we went to Percidio Park. They have a Witches Tower there. It was the old jail but it just so happened to be built with a pentagram in the roof. The local coven still uses it. WEIRD!!
All in all she was with us over 2 hours and that isn't counting the time that Magnus entertained us in the graveyard in the beginning. I have to say a HUGE thank you to both of them. If you are ever in the San Diego area I would wholeheartedly recommend this company. I found out about half way though that Lenore is one of the owners of the company. That made it even cooler to me.
I guess not every night can be an awesome date night with the wifey. This one was a GREAT one!!


  1. You mean you showed up at a ghost town and you were surprised nobody was there? Seems to me that's how ghost towns are meant to be. (They are in Scooby-Doo, anyway.)

  2. lol, Valance! You make a good point. That's super cool that ya'll went on a tour, I want to go on one. The only tour I went on was in the oldest jail house in Florida ( where the last person to be hung, a woman, was ). It was awesome.