Friday, September 21, 2007

HAUNTED HONEYMOON! (or: "Ghosties?")



It's two months past our honeymoon and a month till Halloween, but -- oh well -- seems about the right time for our honeymoon pictures of the ghost tours we took in St. Augustine, Florida.

If you've seen enough of those ghost hunter shows, you've seen St. Augustine, which is the oldest continually-settled (by white people) city in America. They're the third most haunted city in America, or something like that.

We went on one of their ghost tours, which kind of sucked, so I bought a cheap ghost book and took Carrie on my own late one night, until she got scared... but not by ghosts, by potential murderers. I'm the mystic; Carrie's the one with a real brain.

So get ready for...



They tell you that the best way to see a ghost is to take pictures and see what shows up. Most of the time, you just get boring pictures. Here's one of the city gates, where apparently a girl named Elizabeth waves to people:



Some of the pictures don't have ghosts in them, but they're pretty spooky looking. Here's a graveyard. Too bad we weren't allowed to go inside them:



There were a few shots where, if you use your imagination, you can see a face or something in the shadows:



In this next one, you can even see a woman. This is the "love tree," where a palm tree is growing out of a regular tree. Here, a woman seems to wait for her lost love:



Sometimes you get spooky shadows that seem like people:



St. Augustine is famous for its old forts. I hope I didn't make the spirits of the ghost army angry:



Don't confuse reflections in the glass for ghosts:



Flagler College is said to be haunted, sometimes by students who have to read Hamlet over and over for ever and ever:



The St. Francis Inn has a lot of bizzarre stories surrounding it:



This is me getting ready to go on the ghost tour. Even our hotel is said to be haunted:



The ghost tours aren't all that scary when there are this many people around:



I know we both sound skeptical about the ghost thing, but it was our honeymoon, so maybe we were just too preoccupied to notice spirits trying to get our attention:



Oh, I forgot to say that St. Augustine is also known for pirates, so it's the perfect place for hipsters. If you're lucky, you can see a pirate ghost, which is a pirate who has died and become a ghost. Or is it a ghost who wasn't a pirate but who has made a choice to become one after being a ghost? At any rate, here we are by the water:



They say that evil things happen at the Tolomoto Cemetary:



Someone was murdered by three people wearing cloaks at the corner at the end of the street. Carrie wouldn't go down there:



They have so many creepy garments and bedrooms and stuff that you can't help but feel someone is haunting the place, maybe someone not-long dead:



Carrie framed this creepy moon shot:



I dunno. Maybe I do, maybe I don't believe in ghosts:



At any rate, we had fun:



Happy haunting!