[O C T O B E R
In honor of Halloween I've just added a whole new section
to LD: the Paranormal Files, including a
complete listing of all places haunted on the
site, a whole page full of
the true story behind the most disturbing
photo I have ever shot, as well as pages for
ghostly stories and unexplained photographs.
Explore if you dare...
[S E P T
E M B E R
New update- Casper shares with us
a very chilling experience at the 'House Of
Handprints', a spooky abandoned & remote house she bravely explored in
Iowa. Brrrr! 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
17 2006] Yes, it has been quiiiite awhile, folks-
read here for the more detailed
explanation. Meanwhile 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...
P R I L
2006] 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'...*
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*
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!)
23 2006] Yay- the
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...
17 2005] 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:
of the Feed:
Enjoy! And thanks, once again, to Lobo,
31 2005] HAPPY
HALLOWEENY, my friends and fiends!!
I 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!
17 2005] Heyheyhey
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
too, it 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!
14 2005] I've
added the photos from the most recent Weird Texas book signing, check
them out here
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*
31 2005] I
just added a page to keep up with the Weird Texas news and events... check
11 2005] I have just
added a page listing my upcoming appearances
(book signings, radio shows, etc)... for those of you keeping track...
10 2005] YAY-
Texas book is finally out, and holy smokes was it worth 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!
04 2005] I
know I haven't been 'around' in awhile, I've posted a little note here
for the curious... *wink*
chosen in the Viewer's Choice Poll, Building
265 has just been added; and the newest moon pics have been added
to the Full
11 2005] 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)...
and this month's Full Moon pic is up, and it was shot in Houston
during the trip; check it out ;)
22 2005] 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!
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 ta friends!
haven't been able post anything as I've been working a lot...
but, I did want tell you about my personal website- Virtual
Lair (which I just fiiiiiinally updated) because I know that
a few of you have seen this site, but not many...
Since I hadn't
updated it in a long time, I haven't told anyone about it in forever.
Heh. But, now I'd really like for you guys to check it out when you have
site is my own 'personal homepage'- but with a
twist... it's HAUNTED. Yep, haunted! So, as you browse around
through the different 'rooms' (my boudoir, my parlor, my attic, etc...)
in my site, not only will you find my personal photo albums, bio, and
other stuff... you will also find secret passages and all kinds of scary
ghosts and ghouls (just try clicking on random things, paintings and
lanterns, etc, to see what I mean) So it's a kinda fun site to poke
around in... *grin*
I actually wrote an entire background story about the 'house' and it's
history, it's horrors, it's inhabitants, and it's ghosts. Part of the
fun of wandering around in the site is discovering this stuff and
piecing the story together, but if you're the impatient type,
heh, you can find the links to all the parts of the story (and a
'blueprint' of the house) right
is the toon I made for my bio page. I just updated all of my photo
albums (and added a few news ones... any of my friends who wanna have
their pic included in the 'My Posse' album, send me your pic!)... pics
of me as a baby/kid/teenager... pics of family & friends... pics
from my webcam... silly pics, sweet pics, goofy pics, wild pics... wait
this is starting to sound like a Dr. Suess poem! Oh and speaking of
poems, I added a few (very few) of my own poems to the site,
too... so check them out, if that's your thing. And no they're not Suess-like,
Anyway just check out the 'recent news' link on the Lair's home page if
you are interested in seeing what else is new there, and I'd LOVE
to hear what you guys think of it (say 'h'i in the guestbook or somethin')!!
Happy (ghost)hunting... mwa haha ha...
Heyhey everybody... as promised in the last update, we
have an awesome Casper-double-header to share
with you all, woo (hey- that sounds kinda dirty, huhhuh huhhuh)
But seriously, she has been exploring some really cool
places in Iowa, and I am so thrilled to have the addition of her amazing
photos and stories to add to our lost collection...
First we have the House
Of Sand And Fog... a really forlorn, isolated old farmhouse in the
icy middle of nowhere, which Casper and her hubby were brave enough to
explore and document for us... including the strange and spooky
foggy-thing she photographed down in the basement- brrr!
Also, we have her pics/story/personal
memories about the abandoned 'Party Bus'
and it's now-deserted surroundings... very fascinating stuff. I know
I've said this before, but I must say again- I am really, really
glad to have Casper aboard with us.... not only has she become one of my
closest personal friends, she's also becoming a more fabulous
photographer with every single shot she takes, which hardly seems
possible as she was great to begin with. I'm just so glad to have her
contributions to this site, and thank her muchly for them :)
Oh oh, yeah and before I forget- I've
also updated the Full Moon Calendar & Moon
Gallery with February's Full Hunger Moon, for your moon-gazing
enjoyment... *smile* ....enjoy!
Heyhey, guys and gals... hope you all have been having
a great new year so far- ours has been kinda hectic, which is why
you haven't seen much of us around here, d'oh! But
I did manage to find some time to add a coupla new things today (and I
will be adding some great new stuff from our girl Casper
soon as well), so check it out...
I've just added the Bone House-
a very creepy abandoned old house that I explored in New Jersey;
complete with it's gingerbread trim and a backyard bone-pile, this place
reminded me of the abode of some freaky fairytale witch!
Oh yeah, and I have finally (sheesh
yeah yeah I know!) updated the Full Moon Calendar,
so all dates are current for 2005 (for all your Full Moon planning
needs, heh) And, since I had also fallen behind in
posting the monthly Full Moon pics, I have added October, November, and December's
shots to the Full Moon Photo Gallery.
I have been hard at work catching up
and getting a
whole bunch of new places ready to add for your virtual-exploration
pleasure... *wink* ...and will be adding them soon. So stay tuned...
[January 13 2005] Lost Destinations and the
Scoobies would like to wish a very Happy Birthday today to our own
Webmistress of Darkness- Shady! Don't worry-
we will make sure she gets every one of her 32 spankings, AND
some to grow on, mwaa ha haa....
...and you guys can add YOUR signatures and
b-day wishes to Shady's online virtual birthday card now- click
here to sign the card (and check out the B-Day Girl circa 1979
below, that's her in the silly hat, scarfing cake... hee hee hee)....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHADESTER!!!
It's been awhile since my last update... travel,
computer, and health issues abounded in the past month. Sorry
about that everyone. But I am back, and I have some great new stuff to
First of all, I have added a page about the legendary Stone
Living Room (as chosen by you guys in the Viewer's Choice
Poll)... Because it was
part of a daylong road trip from back when we lived in Jersey, I decided
to also throw in a page about another stop- the enigmatic Route
23 Mystery Poles- which then completes all the stops along
our West Milford day trip (which also included
Clinton's Road and Demon's Alley), *woot*! So take the complete tour and
revel in the West Milford weirdness, my friends.
The results of the last Viewer's Choice
Poll were as follows: Stone Living Room- 287 votes, Admiral
Farragat- 171 votes, Moravian Cemetery- 110 votes, The
Catwalk- 102 votes, Madison Mill- 89 votes. And don't
forget to cast your vote in the new Poll!
28 2004] In honor of the season, I've gathered all the ghostliest
locations of Lost Destinations onto one page for you to browse, to help
get you in the Halloween mood... you can find them here.
So turn down the lights, head over to that page, and scare yourself
Also, we have
the eerily abandoned Edwards Fire Station in
California... which sits dusty and seemingly forgotten in time in the
lonely desert landscape...
we have just returned from a road trip to the San Antonio/Austin/Waco
area, to explore/photograph some places on behalf of WNJ
for their upcoming Weird Texas book... so things are still pretty hectic
here, haven't quite gotten settled back down yet. Eeek. I can't divulge
anything about the places we explored because they are top-secret for
the book, but lemme tell you, they were amazing!!! But you'll
have to wait for the book to check them out. In the meantime, you can
check out these 'vacation snapshots' we took
while on the road, and also these pics of San
Antonio (including the Alamo and the Riverwalk) that I got all
touristy and shot while out there.
yeah and I want to remind you guys- DON'T miss the Weird US World
Premiere tv pilot on the History Channel, Halloween night, 10:30 pm (more
it for now, I still have some catching up to do from our trip. Hope you
all have a great and spooooky Halloween, and don't do anything we
wouldn't do... (wait, that doesn't leave out much does it?? Doh!)
7 2004] It's paaarty time my fellow fiends & friends, and
you are all invited to join the festivities!
Yep, we will be hosting an official-unofficial book
release party to celebrate the super-exciting release of the
U.S. book (and, incidentally, my very-first-first time ever
as a nationally published author/photographer in a real live book...
ahem) tomorrow night (Friday the 8th)...
It's happening right here at Misery
Mansion. Wanna join us? All are welcome!
Just head over to the Lost
Destinations Yahoo Group during party-time and enter the chat room,
where we will have our webcam on live under the Yahoo ID of lostdestinations
(or you just view the cam via Yahoo Messenger on the lostdestinations
Yahoo ID, or on this
on-cam partying and checking in and out of the chat all night long. The
shenanigans are starting somewhere in the seven-ish hour EST (that's
five-ish to you local El Paso folks) Seeya then, party-animals!
I also wanna extend a huge,
extremely-grateful thanks to the Marks of Weird
NJ... not only for offering me the incredible opportunity to
participate in the book projects.... but also for all the years of
wonderful weirdness and inspiration they have given (and continue to
give!) to those of us who are intrigued by the lost, the abandoned,
the forgotten, the weird..... Viva La Weird NJ!! Rock on, guys.
29 2004] First of all- I've been kinda under the weather
lately, so I haven't been online as much as usual lately...... did'ja
guys miss me?? *wink* I have recently been
feeling a bit better tho. And we have yet another amazing find by our girl Casper...
the House Of '77, a spooky old Iowa
farmhouse which despite being deserted for decades still holds the
contents of an entirely different generation... you must check it out!
A big thanks to both JJ & Casper for sharing the fruits of their
explorations with us... *you guys rock!*
Oh yeah, and I also added September's
Full Moon shot, which I took from our front porch after a lovely
Btw if you think things look a bit
different, you're right- I also moved some stuff around here on the
homepage. It's all basically still the same stuff, just in a slightly
different layout. Weeee. And also, I wanna to point out the new submission
form which Lobo made, for anyone who
wants to contribute pics/stories for inclusion on Lost Destinations,
'cause it seems like people were having a kinda hard time figuring out
how and where to send their submissions (for future reference the form
can be found on the submissions page)
Hmm, what else? I
am still planning my upcoming
Austin/San Antonio roadtrip (in
search of more Texas weirdness for Weird
NJ)... and I can't wait to hit the road. We will be going sometime
around October 18th or so, for about a week. We have many intriguing
and unusual places to seek out and explore.... *does a happy little
jig* .... I really cannot wait. Hurry up October 18th!!! Heh heh.
Of course I will keep you guys updated
here (and in my
journal) about the details of our
upcoming trip and other such stuff! In the meantime, check out
some other recent stuff...
1 2004] I
have added two pages of pics of the incredible Gila
Cliff Dwellings- the vast, primitive remains of an ancient society
hidden away in a series of huge caves in the New Mexico wilderness-
including a virtual
360-degree view from inside the cave that Lobo
created using my photos from our visit... (thanks, Lobo)! Head
over and check it out!
Also, we have another very cool
contribution from the lovely & talented miz Casper,
who sent us some great pics she shot of the MaryJane
House- a spooky old deserted Iowa farmhouse with some rather
interesting plant life out back, which she discovered in her
explorations and was kind enough to share with us (thanks, girl!)...
And I've also added a shot of August's
Full Sturgeon Moon to the Full Moon page...
we were driving home the other night and I noticed the full moon
hanging over the spooky old funeral home that's near our place... and
I couldn't resist stopping to get a photo.
Also, I am planning another upcoming
roadtrip, this time I'll most likely be headed to San Antonio and
Austin in search of more Texas weirdness for Weird
NJ... and I can't wait to hit the road! I had such a blast
in Dallas, searching out it's dark and mysterious nooks/crannies....
and we only had two days on that trip- this next one, we are most
likely gonna take about a week, so there will be ample time for
exploring and exploring and exploring....
12 2004] Oi. It's been a very busy
finally I've had some time to add some new stuff to the site... First
off is New Jersey's spooky and mysterious Witches
Hollow Road (as chosen by vote in the last Viewer's Choice Poll-
don't forget to vote in the new poll!)- a strangely-named byway that
has been abandoned and blocked off for reasons unknown; it has a
nearly-hidden cemetery nearby and is the roosting ground of a
multitude of vultures. No wonder it has such a spooky reputation!
I've also added a shot of July's Blue Moon
to the Full Moon Gallery (when there are two full moons in one month,
the second one is a 'blue moon'; it only happens every few years, so
it's cool to finally have a photo of one, yay) AND- if you're anything
like us, and you love the old classic Scooby cartoons, then be sure to
check out our brand-new toy- the 'What
Scooby Doo Villain Are You?' quiz that Lobo
& I concocted!! It's fu-uuun... *wink*
Oh and in other exciting news,
we were recently surprised to learn that Lost Destinations was the
featured website of Yahoo!
Pick Of The Day on July 2nd, wow! I wanna thank everyone for
helping to make LD grow the way it has, you guys rock!
Anyway, other than all that I've just
been working hard on the WNJ
project and other stuff, hopefully very soon I'm going to have some
time to explore some local (NM, etc) stuff I've had my eye on, mwa ha.
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