Courtney Preps for the Adventure

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In a previous post, I mentioned how important it was for my daughter, Courtney, to accompany me on as many of my road trips as possible. My Ghosts of Ohio “family” got her off to a great start by giving Steph and me a whole basket full of ghostly clothes to dress her in. The biggest thing, of course, was just how well Courtney was going to hold up on the trips. Or if she would even like traveling in the car.

As far as traveling in the car, based on what all our friends told us, babies all love being in the car. We even have friends who, when their kids won’t go to sleep, will put their child in a car seat and drive around the neighborhood until 3:00 am until they finally fall asleep. Still, I think Steph and I were both a bit apprehensive about how Courtney would react.

We’ve started Courtney out slow and so far, so good. She seems to love driving in the car and if she’s not out cold in the first 5 minutes, she just chills out and watches the scenery go by. To date, Courtney has survived rides to Kroger, Target, and even several trips to the Salvation Army to drop off donations. She even graduated to being able to venture inside Some of the locations, namely Kroger and Target. We’re thinking perhaps a weekend trip to the Columbus Zoo this weekend might help prep her (and her parents) for the longer trips that will begin in early August. Until then, I’m proudly working on adding Baby On Board stickers to my car and we’ve decided that a good rule of thumb will be to double the length of time we’re estimating it will take to get to a place. Anything else we should know? Shoot me a comment!

Courtney takes her stroller for a test drive

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Ghosts, Goblins, and a Pack & Play

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To many of my friends, I have become known as the Road Warrior. That’s because I love nothing more than hopping in a car and driving for hours on end in search of anything strange and spooky. Between book signings, appearances, Ghosts of Ohio private investigations, and general road trips, I average well over 13,000 miles a year. And since I moved in Ohio in 1999, the vast majority of those miles have been done in Ol’ Blue, a 1997 dark blue Honda Accord that currently has over 213,000 miles on her. Hard miles. Doesn’t matter if it’s a major highway, an unpaved road, or even a small creek. Nothing stops Ol’ Blue. Even better is that Ol’ Blue can instantly transform into a lowrider. All I have to do is jam all my ghost hunting equipment, cases of my books, and presentation materials in her and she’s hugging the ground in no time. Truth be told, I’ve yet to find something that I couldn’t take on the road with me because there wasn’t room in Ol’ Blue. All that changed last month, though, with the additional of an immovable object in the back seat known as a car seat.

Ol' Blue at the Mansfield Reformatory

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The Strange & Spooky Reason for this Blog

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So here it is: my very first blog post ever! I wouldn’t say I’ve been forced into creating this blog. Yes, there was a bit of kicking and screaming, but nothing worth writing home about. Which, now that I think about it, was always my reason for not doing a blog; I didn’t think there was anything interesting to fill it with.

True, I have spent the last 25 years chasing after all things strange and spooky; from haunted houses and abandoned mental asylums t giant balls of paint and homemade roller coasters. And I’ve written about them in close to a dozen books. But for me, the best part of all of that was the journey. Gassing up the car, grabbing a bunch of unhealthy snacks, a couple of friends, and setting off on a journey where I was never really sure where the road was going to take me. Those were the stories people were always begging me to tell at presentations. Sure, they wanted to see pictures of the end results and hear about the location, but they really, really, really wanted to hear about my journey.

What do YOU see?

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