10 years later, LD has been dormant for the
past few years.... but LD is not dead... oh no... LD has only been
slumbering, churning in it's silent grave and restlessly waiting for its
time to crawl out into the world again...
That time is soon coming.
2007 was a helluva
year. As most of you know, my little sister Haley was murdered that
year, and the aftermath of that loss affected everyone who was close to
Haley, including of course me. It was devastating. LD suffered a loss as
well, as my sister was getting interested in becoming part of the
website... but her death came before her LD debut. She was photographing
things, and trying to build up a few stories & photo sets for LD. I can
so remember she & I going out to supposedly haunted El Paso High in the
middle of the night, walking around the entire school a few times while
trying to get photos... giggling because we both got startled a few
times by noises... I still have those photos, and have never had the
heart to post them on LD. In fact I hadn't had the heart to do much of
anything since 2007, other than mourn my sister and try to just get
through the aftermath and the trial dates. Unfortunately, LD was one of
those things that was set aside until things could settle.
Things now are not totally 'settled', as usual in mi vida loca things
never really are, but it's at a point where I can start to extend myself
to LD (and my other artistic pursuits) once again. I've got a lot of
fantastic things to add to the site, plus more coming up... right now
the LD redesign is running into an IE6 problem, which my tech guy is
working on. As soon as that's conquered, LD will be up & running, and
running down some very dark & spooky corners.
Til then, you guys can totally stay updated on the LD facebook fan
page... I will of course be posting updates there, as well as trying to
keep you guys entertained/informed/intrigued with a steady dose
of the weird, creepy, abandoned & mysterious. Invite your LD-loving fans
to the page! Also, feel free to post your own creepy photos in the fan
photo albums, or post your spooky stories in the discussion forum...
it's great when you guys get involved.
I hope you guys are enjoying the ride so far... we'll seeya soon!
A U G U S T /
1 3 /
2 0 0 7 It is with great
sadness that we must announce the passing of one of the dearest members of
the LD family... our beloved Angeleyez, Shady's
little sister and longtime LD contributor/Scooby. Angeleyez was
murdered last week
in her home; the suspect has been apprehended and we all hope justice
will come soon for our beautiful girl.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to
the Haley Welsh Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo bank. We will miss you so
In Loving Memory,
Angeleyez RIP 1977-2007
Lost Destinations in local news- check out
on the Airplane Graveyard that was featured
in the El Paso Times today... cool stuff!
A P R I L /
1 7 /
2 0 0 7 Shady + LD have been out of
commission for awhile due to some pretty serious circumstances (including
a hospitalization), but we will be back very soon- with lotsa new stuff,
and a new design too...
We've posted a statement about Shady's hospitalization
and an update on her current status here, and we
send sincere thanks to the supporters out there as well.
still somewhat dark and spooky) holidays from Shady & Lost
D E C E M B E R /
1 3 / 2 0 0 6
Lost Destinations ventures into space! MySpace, that
is. We now have a Lost Destinations MySpace page, it is true...
So join the LD friends list for bulletins about the
latest LD updates all you MySpacers!
N O V E M B E R /
3 0 / 2 0 0 6 First off, we have a new Shady-toon to reflect
the new streaks I now
have in my hair. Booya.
Also, just wanted to drop a quick note- I have designed
an El Paso
calendar and it's ON SALE now (and for a few more days), so now
is a good time to grab one. The calendar features twelve 8.5" x
11" full-color glossy photos I shot around my Southwestern hometown.
Bonus- after you use the calendar, you can frame the prints... that's
like 12 prints and a calendar all in one baby.
So whether you
are an El Paso native or just like Southwestern photography, if you are
in the market for a unique 2007 calendar check this one out. All
proceeds go to my Starving Artist Fund. Thanks.
N O V E M B E R /
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Viewer submissions, woot! I have been working hard
to sort through all of the INCREDIBLE stuff you guys have been sending in,
and have added some great viewer's stories to the following pages:
Clinton Road...... SI
Monastery...... Desolation Diner......
Whipporwill Valley Road......
Boyd's Sanatorium...... and
Jamesway (just scroll to the bottom of each page for the latest
...also, I have sadly added the SI
Monastery to the roster of places that are no more on the
Destination Death Row list, as I've gotten
several reports that the amazing old place was demolished by Wagner
College. Boo, hiss! I am really, really bummed about this. Let's
all have a moment of silence for the passing of this great UE legend...
Lastly, one more thing- due to a recent
hard drive crash (more boo, hiss!) I lost a whole bunch of viewer
submissions that I had yet to add here... *sob* So if you sent something
in that didn't make it on here (this would have been anything not added
that was sent longer than a few months ago), I may have lost it. Please
OK you guys- we LOVE hearing your
stories, so please keep the submissions coming
my Virtual Scoobs, and I'll keep working on adding them to LD! And
thanks again everyone!!
O C T O B E R /
2 7 / 2 0 0 6
In honor of my favorite holiday of them all- Halloween
baybeeee!- I've just added a whole new section to LD:
the Paranormal Files. Mwaa ha haa...
Filled with spooky goodness, it's just the thing
to get you into the Halloween mood... there's a complete listing of
all places haunted on the site, a whole
page full of ghost
videos, the true story behind the most
disturbing photo I have ever shot, as well as pages for
ghostly stories and
..so turn down the lights and get Lost
in the paranormal.
And don't forget to take a virtual tour of
the cemetery section of LD as
well...and, also, wander through the dark halls of my personal
Virtual Lair- why don'tcha??
After all, there's no better time than
*insert evil laughter here*
O C T O B E R /
1 9 / 2 0 0 6
New update- Casper shares with us
a very chilling experience at the 'House Of
Handprints', a spooky abandoned & remote house she bravely explored in
chat night has been switched to Tuesdays- come join us for our first
Tuesday-night chat tonight!! Check for the start time in your time
And, I'd like to invite all of my fellow
Flickr users to
connect to me on
Flickr page... let's connect & get in touch- add me as a contact, I
have lots of spooky (and otherwise) pics to share with ya!! So
A U G U S T /
1 7 / 2 0 0 6
Yes, it has been quiiiite awhile, folks. I am so
very sorry for my prolonged absence from the 'net, and I have missed you
all. Life has taken some dramatic- at times painfully so- turns in recent
months, but more on that later. Right now, I wanna share the LD news &
First off there is an update-
Evergreen Memorial Park- a fascinating old cemetery that
Lobo & I wandered
in Riverside, CA; where among it's stones we found many intriguing &
and intricate engravings. Check it out, cemetery-lovers.
After a long & involuntary hiatus,
I am busily
working on a lot of new stuff for this site, now that I am back in
'commission'. Without getting into too much detail (which I literally
cannot right now, due to pending criminal and civil cases/legalities
which I will be dealing with down the road, and no- they are not toward
me, I haven't done anything criminal/illegal I assure you, but
someone I was involved with has, and so unfortunately I am going to have
to be involved in the aftermaths)... I had some horrible personal blows
rendered to my life, livelihood, and health in the past few months. The
actions committed by the other party left me literally homeless, without
a dime to my name, and with a mound of legal issues and bills to try to
sort out. And my health took somewhat of a nosedive due to the stress.
So I have been dealing with a lot and thus, absent from the internet and
my websites. I apologize for my absence.
Needless to say, my personal life
has gone through an intense rearranging. EVERYTHING that can be
different, is. I am still technically 'homeless' but through the charity
of a family member now have a roof over my head for the time being as I
sort things out, so I am 'ok'. My health is improving. And as for the
more personal changes, this is not really the venue to discuss them but
those who are interested know they can always read about such stuff over
I am in the midst of trying to
piece life back together, financially and otherwise... so I would like
to remind you that we have a whole lot of urban explorer & ghost hunter
goodies for sale, and to share a link to my
personal photography site-
once again. If you enjoy my photography and would like to own an
original print, I have 'em for sale (cheap!) over there (and keep in
mind, all of my photos here on LD are also available for purchase
And as for the LD front... Bowie said
it best- ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. A look around this site will show those
familiar with it that things are now a bit different around here. I feel I should clarify that the only official honchos
of the Lost dot com now consist of myself,
Lobo, and Casper.
Those two are my closest, bestest, most beloveds and co-conspirators on
all things LD, and they are my partners in this venture... could not
do it without them... *thanks my loves!!!*
And I do have
lots of new stuff in the works. The next update will be a creeepy
one, a very spooky place and story brought to us by none other than
Casper, and after that, Lobo's first-ever Lost photoshoot, featuring an
incredible place I think you will all agree is one of the most amazing
abandoned structures we have ever posted on this site! And, I have not
forgotten the Viewer's Choice Poll guys... I will be adding the chosen
site shortly and then putting up a new poll for you all to vote on. The
Full Moon Gallery & Calendar is also being updated and archived for the
missing months, so there will be that, too.
We have not had a
Lost Diner chat in quite awhile, due to my
life-mayhem and dis/re-location... but we will be resuming them again so get
ready to get your chat on. The regular night is going to change from
Thursday to Tuesday once we get going- to help accommodate Casper's new
work schedule- but I will update here about that when we are ready to
And finally, I am currently
working on an entirely new offshoot to this site that I think many of
you are gonna dig... I don't wanna give away too much info yet,
but let me just say that those of you who like to be SCARED might be in
for a horrorific treat... bwaahahaa. Stay tuned for details!
In the meantime, check out
spankin' new Heather.Shade photoblog, where I will be posting
pictures from some of my more general random adventures in photography
(which you can see even more in
account)... and/or, feel free to peek at a whoooole other
side of me
here, where I post some of my modeling gigs, self portraits, and
other such shots (oi how embarrass-king!)... if you are curious...
Enjoy the update, and stay tuned for moremoreMORE!
P R I L /
1 1 / 2 0 0 6 Once again, our (hot, redheaded) Iowan Scooby- Casper-
brings us another tale of IA exploration... this time she veered down a
mysterious river-side path to discover a whole host of forgotten
structures in a place she calls 'Broken Alley'.
And, check out the update
to Casper's Black Angel page, with new information about this
legendary dark monument...
Also, I wanna send out a great, BIG congrats to
Cas- who is going to have some of her awesome work published in a book-
yay! You go, girl!
Ahh, and, speaking of Riverside... yes I am still out in
California... I think these damned ruby slippers are defective...*clicks slippers furiously... waits...
I still dunno when I will be
returning home yet, though I am hoping it will be pretty soon. In the
meantime, you can (as always) catch up with what I am doing by checking
out either of my blogs- I have one on Yahoo
360, and one on Livejournal.
Feel free to read either. Now... let me get back to working on these
*mutters 'there's no place like home,
place like home'...*
A R C H /
1 8 / 2 0 0 6 Calling
all Californians (and, Arizoni-ans)..! As
you can see by the palm trees,
I am now in loverly Cal If Forn I Ay. And, as I am gonna be here for
awhile longer, I am sending out an appeal for info to all the
Californians out there...
I am in Riverside at the moment. Does anybody know of
any good places for me to explore while I am in the vicinity (anything
strange, scary, odd, abandoned, weird, unusual, odd, 'haunted',
intriguing, or just plain odd...?)
....I would like to get out there and
get some stuff for the site, but haven't had time (or chance) to do any
CA research (been working on the book material) I would verily
appreciate any tips/suggestions evah-so-muchly! Also,
you Arizona folks- send me some suggestions, too! On the way back to
Texas (whenever I do head home) we will be passing through AZ
once again... maybe stopping over in Phoenix/Tempe...
I did get to check out some great AZ places on the way here, but they
are all for the upcoming book. I'd really love to get some new stuff for
Lost Destinations, so any suggestions would be great! (FYI- as my email
tends to get jammed with a gazillion emails a day- mostly spammy-
you can reach me much more quickly about this by posting a comment on my
journal post or my 360
blog entry on this topic...)
Thanks in advance, guys... *smile*
A R C H /
1 6 / 2 0 0 6
and I take a drive on the wild side! Check out
our road snapshots as we seek out Arizona
weirdness in cemeteries, small towns, desert backroads, and more
(including Phoenix, Tucson, Bisbee, and beyond) for the upcoming Weird
We are still on
the road, now in California, so stay tuned for some upcoming CA
destinations as well. And don't forget- Thursday night chats in the
Diner are back (and tonight is Thursday- come say hi!)
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Yay- the brand-new Lost
Diner forum and chat room is now open! And to celebrate the event,
we are having a LIVE Lost Chat tomorrow night, Thurs,
8 PM CST.
This chat will also be a Virtual 'Bon Voyage' Partay
for Shady & Lobo
(before they head out on a roadtrip in search of AZ weirdness) Join
us!!! And check out the new Diner NOW. We command it! :P
more details, check out Shady's
journal. If possible, there will be reports from the road
(technology willing!) so stay tuned to the
Lost Diner and Shady's
journal for trip updates.
had some issues that have prevented us from being able to be
online/update LD as much as we'd like to lately... so we are hoping to
add lots of new stuff in the near-future. The Scoobs will be making a
side trip to California after leaving AZ, hunting up the spooky, the
strange and the 'Lost' there- who knows what they will find (or, WHAT
will find them?? *zoinks*) So, stay tuned...
N O V E M B E R
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/ 2 0 0 5 NEW-
the Lost Destinations RSS Feed! *woot!*
Now you can
keep track of the very latest additions to this site via our
feed- just add it to your Yahoo
360 page, your My
Yahoo page, your custom
Google homepage, your Livejournal
Friends page, as a Firefox
Live Bookmark, or anything else you can add an RSS Feed to:
URL of the
Enjoy! And thanks, once again, to Lobo,
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HAPPY HALLOWEENY, my friends and fiends!!
hope that you are all enjoying a spooky-fun (and safe)
Halloween.... and in honor of this ooky-spooky holiday- I have some
treats, so don't go playin' any tricks on me, you guys...!
finger at you all*
I have added the mysterious and mystical Mt. Rubidoux (in Riverside,
CA)- which boasts a medieval-like tower and bridge at it's summit,
amongst other things... and it is haunted by some legends and
superstitions that you just won't believe! Check it out here.
I've added the latest winner of the LD Viewer's choice Poll (with 60% of
the 537 votes)- the 'Wander Inn'- an eerie, abandoned indoor/outdoor
complex in Freehold NJ. Check that out here.
HALLOWEEN FROM SHADY & LOST DESTINATIONS!
C T O B E R
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friends & fiends... Lobo & I
are back from our epic California trip (...wanna see a
pic?) and are back in El Paso... didja miss us?? *wink*
This trip was for personal
business, not work/exploring... but, we still managed to squeeze in an
exploration anyway...*smile*... I will be posting pics of that soon, so
Also, I wanted to direct your attention
to our new & improved 'Scooby
Villains' Name Generator Thingy!! Here is my result, which I think
you will all agree is very, very fitting haha ha...
Ah, so so Shady... right??! Now
check it out and find out what classic SD villain you are. And
don't forget- you can now copy/paste the results to show off your
monster-iffic new identity on your own journal/blog/webpage/whatever.
Oh, and feel free to mutter: "And I woulda gotten away with it too,
if it weren't for those meddling kids....." ;)
(BTW the Scooby Villain thingy will be
up there in the site menu from now on, under 'Interact'... enjoy!)
One last thing- my Heather
Shade site is up and fully functional now- so head over there and
take a look through the photo galleries if you are so inclined. Thanks!
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added the photos from the most recent Weird Texas book signing, check
them out here (thanks to all the
El Paso folks that came out to meet 'n greet us- you guys rule!)...
Also, I wanted
to share a sneak peek at my new website- HeatherShade.com
- it's not 100% complete (photo galleries will be opened soon),
but you guys can preview the site now if you wanna... *wink*
U G U S T /
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I just added a
page to keep up with the Weird Texas news and events... check
U G U S T /
1 1 / 2 0 0 5
I have just
added a page listing my upcoming appearances
(book signings, radio shows, etc)... for those of you keeping track...
U G U S T /
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YAY- the Weird
Texas book is finally out, and holy smokes was it worth the wait!! The
Marks have done it again- it's AMAZING. I am super-proud to have
been a part of the project... *big grin*
I wanted to mention that I will be doing book signings
here in El Paso, on August 20th, 3:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble on Viscount, and September
3rd, 3:00 PM at the Sunland Park location... so you local people come
out and say 'hi'!
...also for the El Paso area folks, this coming Monday
(the 15th) at around 8:30 a.m. I will be on the KLAQ (95.5 FM) Morning Show. In addition,
I will be on KWTX-FM Waco TX with Darren Taylor and Chrissy, on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 8:40 AM-8:55
EST, for those of you in the Waco area. I may be doing some more radio
interviews, I will let you all know more about the details of those as
they come up.
honor of the book coming out, I have posted an update featuring one of
the weirder places we found while out exploring for the book- the creepy
'Chinese Graveyard'... an odd cemetery in San
Antonio with an interesting urban legend. Enjoy!
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I know I
haven't been 'around' in awhile... it's a long story, and I've posted a
little note here for the
curious... feel free to read it, you all... *wink*
Also, as chosen
by you guys in the Viewer's Choice Poll, Building 265-
an odd structure of unknown origin where we found much strangeness- has
just been added. And, if you haven't looked at the Full Moon Calendar
and Gallery in awhile, check them out... I've
added all the newest moon pics. Enjoy!
P R I L /
1 1 / 2 0 0 5 Heyhey
amigos... been very busy wrapping things up for the Weird Texas
book deadline while recovering from the Houston trip... whew. I
will have a new 'weird' update for the site soon... in the meantime, you
can check out our Houston roadtrip shots here
(sorry no drunken-Shady-dancing-on-the-bar pics like the
last trip, haha)...oh, and this
month's Full Moon pic is up, and it was shot in Houston during the trip;
check it out ;)
A R C H /
2 2 / 2 0 0 5 We
leave for Houston this morning, for the last roadtrip slash exploration for the Weird
Texas book. We are supposed to have internet in our hotel
room, so we might get online and maybe even let you spy on us in the
room via our webcam, wooo!
So in the meantime...
keep an eye out for us online, check my
journal for possible updates from the road, and we will seeya next weekend.... ta
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