As it draws nearer and nearer to our odd festival of Halloween, it is time to focus a little on things in this world that are “spooky”. I tend to steer away from all things scary and my children are still spooked relatively easy so we aren’t going to many haunted houses or wearing anything super freaky these days.
Yet there have been a few things that I’ve seen or experienced during my travels that I found spooky. Thanks to wonderfully creative Ailsa from Where’s my Backpack for getting me to rethink spooky this week with her spooky travel theme. Here are my top scariest shots along with why I found them spooky.
“Haunted House” – somewhere along the Costa Rican countryside
During a volunteer trip to Costa Rica a few years ago, we took a visit to the countryside to see a volcano and stopped at the infamous, legendary Haunted House. Per our local guide, legend has it that the “Haunted” House was once a hospital for Tuberculosis patients back in 1914, then was turned into a prison later on. After the volcano erupted in 1963 the place was abandoned and has become a major tourist attraction ever since because locals believe it is haunted. We tried to go in it but it was closed due to a movie being filmed. The house reminded me of the set of the movie “The Shining” (which still freaks me out). It was very spooky looking, and the fog made it even more frightening. I wouldn’t want to go in. I guess I’ve watched too many horror movies in my days.
Staying in a fenceless safari camp
In 2004, my dad and I went to a private game reserve in South Africa and spent three nights in a fenceless safari camp. We were not allowed to leave our tents at night for animals had free range of the reserve. One night we followed a pair of lions on a night safari which made me realize just how close these majestic, fierce animals were to my bed. It was a bit unnerving but amazing as well.
Hiking a volcano at 5 am
Last April, when I was in Guatemala I rose at 4 am to start my morning hike up a volcano. It was pitch black when we began and just me and my guide. It spooked me a bit as I’d heard some stories about attacks that had happened on tourists in this area. The agency told me it was “safe” yet my heart still skipped a beat every time I heard a noise. Once on top, I was stunned to see a live volcano directly across from me erupt. I had no idea it was active and would erupt so close by!
Here is how close it was….
Chinese Ghost Towns
I had heard about the “Chinese Ghost Towns” before visiting China last year. Due to an enormous real estate bubble, huge developments of cities in the middle of nowhere had been half-built and abandoned. We saw a startling amount of these ghost towns as we took the five hour train from Beijing to Shanghai. It was really really freaky for some reason. They didn’t even remove the cranes!
Hiking on a live glacier in Iceland and stepping over the “holes”
Growing up in Minnesota, land of over 10,000 lakes, has always made me have a fear of falling through the ice. I’ve heard countless horrifying stories of people being trapped under the ice. Thus when we hiked on a live glacier in Iceland I was a bit weary of the large crevasses that dotted the glacier. One slip and down you go hundreds of feet. No thanks!
What scares you?
This post is in response to Where’s my Backpack’s travel theme Spooky. To see more, click here.