April 13, 2006

I had to come to Burlington last night, to pick up some freecycle stuff, and so I
wanted to drop in by Mary.  We decided to go out to the haunted woods and take
some pictures.

When we first got there, everything was still and quiet and very peaceful.  Mary
brought a peanut butter easter bunny to give to the spirits.  Right away, we heard lots
of noises.  Mary heard an animal or something snort or grunt right away.  Both of us
heard something crashing through the trees.  And both of us could hear things
scurrying around right off the path, but when we would shine the light or take a
picture, you couldn't see anything.  The mood was light and playful for a good ways in.

Mary had commented several times about how the air was so light and it was calm
and very nice.  Then, she is ahead of me and complained that I was not showing up in
the picture, then she said I was back.  We were still enjoying the walk with caution.  
It was very dark, and it was just us two, and we were wishing more friends were
with.  We saw a fallen tree, or half of it was fallen and
that's kind of when things started to get weird.  There had been lightnening flashing all
evening which added to the charge in the air I'm sure.

Out of nowhere, the wind picked up way up in the trees, and a couple of branches
fell.  We stopped and assessed the situation, and kept going a little bit.  Soon, there
were sticks hurling down from all around us and you could hear commotion up in the
trees.  And I don't know, but I think I said, well okay, now their throwing sticks at us
and we started to retreat.  I kept looking up and could see branches coming down
and hear them snapping only like where we were, though.  Strangest thing. Some of
them got stuck in the trees on the way down.  You could see well when the lightening
flashed.  We went back a little and then Mary said she felt it was okay again.  So we
tried to go back, and it started again, and we said that's it let's go.  We never even
made it to the bridge! LOL.

It was the first time I was doing something with spirits/ghosts where I was genuinely
freaked out.  I wish we could've stayed, but it was clear to both that we were
suppose to go.  Funny thing is, as we're leaving, everything seemed to quiet down,
and I know I didn't leave Burlington until after 2:00 am, and no storm had blown up
yet.  I really do think we went straight into a "super" vortex, and WOW!  What a
powerful thing that was.  I have even wondered if it wasn't the vortex creating the
commotion up in the trees.  It was just like when a huge storm is coming before a
torrential downpour.  Very hard to explain, but very, very cool!  It was exciting!

We got some very cool pictures, too.

Just thought I would share.