Monday, July 10, 2017

Home for Wayward Babydolls

Our adventure today took us out to Morehead, KY and back in the country abit to a place in Elliottville called the Home for Wayward Babydolls, the property which stretches out includes their house, a smokehouse cabin, two large barns, a few smaller barns, and the woods on their ridge. We drove up and saw the sign, knowing now, we had arrived. We were met by Bet Ison, whom started our journey. She shared with us the history of the Home and showed us, on Trent Ridge, how some of the babydolls hard body skin last longer than others, and experiment in degrading rubber types used in making these dolls. While walking back to the main entrance, we gave her our own lost babydoll, and Bet gave her a home near the gate. We then saw different baby dolls, in various forms on the fence, in the trees, even some looking up at us through glass in the walkway. There was a mean baby doll that was in a birdcage, in the middle of the yard. Up on the porch we saw the mannequin family that Bet changes their clothes on occasion to fit the season, holiday or whatever she feels like. While at the “family” we met Cecil, who is the Forensic Anthropomorphologist, which is the studying of the trauma inflicted on abused dolls as well as their rates of decay under various climatic conditions, in which we found out from Bet is that Cecil likes the hard-plastic bodies the most to study. He didn’t stay long but long enough to say hello and introduce himself. Bet stated he Cecil Ison is a Vietnam veteran and a published, retired chief archaeologist at the Daniel Boone National Forest We continue our journey to a room where there were boxes of babydolls Bet had not gotten to, including a box of possessed dolls, that since both of us are paranormal investigators, intrigued us, but she had promised to open them to someone else. The lady on the side porch with the gumball machine was special. Onward, we saw some familiar faces as Chucky and Pee Wee Herman. Next, was Cecil’s Part’s and Equipment with the slogan on the sign “You can’t go wrong with Cecil’s “. Down the hill, trolls watched us from under the steps, then to the barn with various dolls and Cecil’s award wall with trophies and certificates. Bet took us inside her home to show us the “Dragon” made from bottle caps, a nice and elegant piece of art. Outside, Bet had a doll with a recording device, and  Doug, got to record his voice welcoming people to the home. Thank you Cecil and Bet for sharing your passion with us; an unique experience that we will soon not forget.  You could not meet any nicer people then Bet and her husband. I think it is great that they open their home so people can enjoy seeing all of the dolls.
There Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/HomeForWaywardBabydolls/

The babydoll we took.

The mean babydoll.

The doll that Doug recorded his voice

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Old World Gondola Ride

On June 20th, 2017 our adventure took us to Indianapolis, Indiana to take a Gondola ride. I have never been on one of these boats before and I have to say this was a very neat experience. Our Gondolier was so nice and friendly and he had an amazing voice ( you are serenade while you are on the boat).
It felt like we were transported to Venice and all of the old world charm. We took the 30 minute ride that takes you down the canal  and we could not have been happier.
I think it is so neat that you can find stuff like this not far from you are without having to travel the world. I would have never thought that a Gondola ride would be in Indiana. 
I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a different date night, a fun time out or a wedding proposal.  
You board at the Fresco Cafe and you are allowed to take drinks with you on the boat. You can purchase drinks and food at the cafe.
I will be doing this ride again, next time I think I will do a night one as it will be so pretty with the canal all lit up.
The cost of the 30 minute ride is $30.00 per person ( $25.00 plus 20% gratuity) it is so worth the price. 
They also offer private rides that are $ 150.00 plus 20% gratuity for 30 minutes or 60 minutes for $300.00 plus 20% gratuity. 
Like I said you board the boat at the Fresco Cafe and that is located at 340 W. Michigan Street. You can park across the street for $5.00 for all day. You then will cross the street and take the stairs down to the canal. 
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our Hunt for the ghost of Sweet Lips at Smyrna Cemetery

On May 5, 2017 we did a investigation at the Smyrna cemetery. This cemetery is said to be haunted by a Shawnee Sorceress named Sweet Lips who was killed by her tribe because she betrayed them.
The history about her and the cemetery is: Sweet Lips fell in love with a white man during the war, they had to part due to a conflict of interest. Sweet Lips promised the white man Indian land in exchange for marriage. Years later after the war was over the white man came back to claim his land, he met 2 male Shawnee Indians and he told them his story about the land that was promised to him by Sweet Lips. They were not happy to hear this and they ran the white man off the land. The men went back to camp and confronted Sweet Lips and she admitted to promising the land to the white man. The tribe made her dig her own grave then kneel over it, then she was tomahawked in the back of the head and she fell into the grave that she had dug and that is where they buried her. Now this is a very old cemetery and a lot of the graves have no grave makers or tombstone. They are working to restore this cemetery. In the grave where Sweet Lips is buried there is actually someone else buried on top of her. She use to have a stone that said "FEAR ME" on it but someone took it. When we were doing our day time investigation we met a very nice gentleman who was working to restore the cemetery. He was so sweet and told us a lot of history about the cemetery and Sweet Lips. He even pointed out where she was buried as most people who visit have picked the wrong grave. He told us that when he was young him and some of his friends where in the cemetery at night at the pond that use to be behind the cemetery and something let out a scream, the boys took off running they had to go over a fence and he got stuck in the fence and fell. He said that while he was trying to get up a cold blast of air went over him. He said he knows that something is in the cemetery. He is not sure if it is Sweet Lips or not but there is something that is not human lurking around. The claims that people have is one head stone glows brighter then any other in the cemetery, the same stone is said to have a fog/mist like object around it, someone took a photo and a ghostly dog appeared in the photos, there is also sightings of a Indian woman roaming around the cemetery, When we were there during the day we got a lot of words on our Ovilus that makes sense with the history of Sweet Lips. We got 2 knocks on our EVP audio that you can hear here http://dougedoug400.wixsite.com/kentuckyspiritchaser/evp
In one pic of the headstone where Sweet Lips is buried there is what appears to be a face on the stone.
When Doug entered the cemetery he started coughing and did not stop till he walked away from Sweet Lips grave. In one pic we got what looks like a mist or a fog around Sweet Lips grave. We took a pic of the woods towards the back of the cemetery where the gentlemen was telling us about the scream and we caught something that looks like a person screaming. On our temperature reader at Sweet Lips grave we started at 25c and the temp dropped to 9.7c then to 6.9c. We did not get much of anything when we went back to do our night investigation. We got some strange orbs and my infrared camera took one good picture and the other ones after that did not take. All in all this was a good investigation and this cemetery is pretty creepy even it was not haunted, I mean they even have a tombstone that looks like a head. 
Have you ever been to see if you can find Sweet Lips?? If so let us know what you saw or found.
Check out our Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/702237923192085/ to see the videos we took.
Our webpage is http://dougedoug400.wixsite.com/kentuckyspiritchaser
As with all places but especially cemeteries if you visit please please be respectful. 
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Looks like someone is in the woods screaming.

Tombstone shaped like a head

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stull's Country Store Visit

We took a visit to Andyville, Ky to visit Stull's Country Store. I know most of you are probably thinking the same thing I was thinking...where in the world is Andyville, Ky?? It is pretty much out in the middle of no where but to get there it is a very nice drive.
I was there twice, once as a road trip with my parents as my dad loves places like this and he loves general stores. The second time I was there for a photo shoot at one of the abounded house that is there. When I was there both times, I visited the store. The first time we had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the store Maury. She was such a pleasure to meet and talk to. She made us feel so very welcome and she took the time to talk to my dad and tell him some of the history of the store and her dad. My dad had such an amazing time talking with her, he was so happy. She gave us some stickers, can koozies, and some bottle water for our long drive back home. It was like we were old friends and we have known her forever. The second time I was there, I went into the store to buy my dad a birdhouse that Maury's dad makes. Maury was not working that day but the lady that was working was so sweet. This store really makes you feel like your are part of their family no matter if this is the first time you have been there or if you are there every day. Now about the store they sell a little bit of everything. They have been in business since 1972. They have a deli and they will make you lunch while you are there. They have a little place you can sit inside. They also have award winning BBQ and they have rocking chairs on the porch that you can sit and chit chat. They serve the BBQ from Derby Day till Labor Day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
They also sell some of the cutest t-shirts and sweatshirts. I just can not say enough about this store or the people that work there.
I love small towns like this. It would be so nice if the world had more stores and people like them that make you feel so welcome and treat you like family not a stranger.
Please make sure you like their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Stulls-Country-Store-105605079494777/
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Veal's Ice Tree

This winter I had the honor to visit Veal's Ice Tree. I was taken back by how beautiful this creation was. I have seen pictures of it and always thought it was beautiful, but until you see it for yourself up close you don't really know how beautiful it is.
A little history on the Ice tree: (I found this info on their webpage) Winter of 1961 the family was spraying water on the hill to make a ice slide onto the pond. During the night a strong wind blew the spray onto some honeysuckle bushes. It was so beautiful that they sprayed water onto the bushes giving you the ice trees you see today.
March 05, 2014 was the tallest ice tree, it was 79 feet. This has been a family tradition for 50 years. It is created with near by pond water and brush, wood and other things. I did not get the pleasure of meeting Ms. Veal but we did exchange emails and she is a very nice lady. You can tell they are glad to have people show up and look at the tree. She was so sweet and kind. I look forward to meeting her this coming winter when we take a trip back to see the tree again. I think this is something you can make a family tradition of as the tree is different every year.
The family does not charge to visit nor do the accept donations. I think that is a wonderful thing that they take their time to make something this beautiful that is a work of God and nature and share it with us free of charge.
Make sure you check the Ice Tree out this winter and show the Veal family some love.
In a day and time where everyone is so mean and rude and it seems like they only care for themselves it is nice to see a family who does this and we all can enjoy it.
The tree is located at 11333 Southeastern Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana.
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