Off the Beaten Path–Spooked on a full tummy

119-1954_IMGI wanted to do something different this year for Halloween, and have always been curious about the ghost tours in New Mexico. So I contacted a few close friends (9 in total) to see if they would like to join me for dinner out and a private ghost tour. They all jumped at the chance to do be spooked on a full tummy. The closer that night came for our adventure, the more excited we became. Of course, once our venture started we were running late:)



IMG_0692Not letting our lateness damper our fun we headed off to Casa Chimayo Restaurant in downtown Santa Fe. A traditional Spanish food restaurant. I filled up on the calabacitas and goat cheese tamale dish with a freshly squeezed watermelon, agave wine margarita. Holy Cow, Yummy! I don’t remember what the rest of the crew had to eat, but my girlfriend on the right had a green chili, agave wine margarita, and the my girlfriend on the left had a pineapple, cilantro, jalapeno, agave wine margarita. A little strange in the drink dept., I know, but all three drinks were very, very, tasty. (Two of my husbands friends joined us at the restaurant, which brought us up to 11 people.) The more the merrier.


IMG_0693After our fabulous dinner we shot over to the St. Francis Hotel where we met up with our ghostly tour guide, Peter, (for some odd reason I just could get a good picture of him.)Peter explained the hauntings of the Hotel, along with the other stops we would make on the tour. We also picked up a lady who had her curiosity peeked as she listened to Peter. Bringing us up to 12 people total.

I didn’t get any ghostly vibes in this hotel, but the statue of St. Francis did seem to tilt his head to the side when I got close to him.

Next stop-the Santa Fe river:

Legend has it that there was a extremely beautiful lady, who married an extremely handsome man. They had two kids together and moved into an old shack next to the raging river. Her husband got bored of her and went off to find another. Can you figure out what happens next? When he came back with another woman at his side, a year later, he tried to explain to her that she needed to prepare herself for him to take the kids away. He left with the intent to come back for the kids. In a fit of rage and insanity she threw her young babes into the river. Then realizing what she had done she flew down the path, hoping to save them. She tripped, ended up splitting her head open, and died. (For full story check out the ghost tour.) Some people hear her wailing at the rivers edge.

IMG_0695At that spot I had a hard time keeping my focus and didn’t feel like I was standing upright, my body had the sensation of leaning to the right, until we crossed the road to the other side of the St. Francis…

We stopped at two more hotels, and one old hospital- insane asylum that is being renovated into a hotel. The energy in the last three locations ranged in their intensities. The old hospital? Well that place was just creepy.

Happy Halloween!!

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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