Yep, I'm one of those weird ones who likes to find adventures of the dangerous sort. I absolutely love shows like Storm Chasers and Ghost Hunters. The people in those shows brave some rather wicked foes, be it a tornado or some sort of malevolent spirit.
So when I was in Philadelphia back in August, it was only appropriate that I would venture off for the ghost hunting tour offered on the first night of my stay in Philly. The inner skeptic in me laughed and said, "Yeah right. It'll be all smoke and mirrors." However, the inner adventurer in me shrugged. Even if it was all staged, at least I'll learn some history. Most of the places on the tour were famous historical buildings, after all.
The tour guide passed out EMF readers. My inner skeptic rolled his eyes. My inner adventurer said, "Oh! I'm an official Ghost Hunter!" We were encouraged to take pictures. I eagerly turned my camera on, ready to catch a ghost in action. The tour started off at Washington Square Park that just happened to be a colonial cemetery where they buried unknown people. It is here that you can find the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier. There is a flame, similar to the one at John F. Kennedy's grave, that stays lit all year long. The tour guide gave us a creepy story about people who used to steal bodies for the nearby hospital. Free cadavers, after all? She told us about a mysterious woman who used to watch over the cemetery to make sure no bodies were snatched. Her ghost can sometimes be found wandering the park.
The only interesting sight here was of a homeless man who decided he needed to light his cigarette with the flame from the soldier's tomb. I was mortified. I half expected the mysterious ghost woman to appear and give the man a scare. Alas, it was not to be. And then we moved off to our next tour destination.
I took many pictures. I saw a few orbs pop up in a few of them. I've posted some of the images above. My internal skeptic assured me it was probably moisture on my lens. Darn him. He always ruins my fun. But then I snapped the mother of all pictures. My internal skeptic has yet to reply.
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