Usually at this time of the year most people like to give a round-up of the year or a look at the coming year. Well, not this one. I prefer to add to your ability to stay up till midnight on New Year’s eve. What better way to do that than with a ghost story? A true one at that.
One year for my husband’s birthday I took him on ghost tour in the small mountain town of Morrison, Colorado about 10 minutes from where we lived. We walked around the charming little historic town with flashlights and the guide took us to various areas that are supposedly haunted.
As we approached an antique store with a large old-fashioned wrap around porch we could smell scented candles burning. Hanging from the porch were large copper candle lanterns that the guide told us came from a well-known cemetery that had been moved to make room for our state’s growing capital housing needs. When this cemetery was moved the man who was paid to do so did not do such a good job. It was discovered that he and his workers separated bones of the deceased into various coffins as he was paid by the coffin and that the dead were treated with terrible disrespect. It was also rumored that not all the bodies were moved. However, this rumor proved to be true when in 2010 workers who were digging irrigation trenches uncovered four skeletons and remains of a casket. People claim to see apparitions at the park and those that live near the park claim to have seen confused and lost looking phantoms knock on their doors.
As we walked over the porch of this antique store and headed down the alley to the next sight there was a cold wind blowing in our faces. Suddenly, the aroma of the candles hit us all…the shop was to our back and the wind was blowing in our faces. The entire group commented on how weird that was. After the tour I made my husband go back to the shop with me and we detected no odor or evidence of candles.
We drove home feeling satisfied that we had a good time but with no explanation for the smell. We pulled up in our drive way and stepped out of our truck to be met by… the aroma of candles.
I hope you have a safe and fun time seeing 2013 out and ushering in 2014, and remember, never turn off the lights.