How to Have a Supernatural Valentine's Day - part of the "LOVE IS IN THE AIR GIVEAWAY HOP"

For some reason, I've just never been able to get into traditional Valentine mode. Maybe it's a rogue gene, the same DNA that makes me love Halloween more than Christmas. Last Valentine's Day, I brought you ghost stories, five tragic tales of love gone terribly wrong. (http://waypastnormal.blogspot.com/2012/02/paranormal-valentine-5-ghost-stories.html)

This year, I thought I'd offer suggestions on How to have a Supernatural Valentine's Day. Share these activities with your significant other, your BFF, your mom, or your dog, but if you love the paranormal, you've GOT to do at least one of these!

1.  Here's the easiest one first -- Have a horror movie marathon, but not the slasher flick kind. I recommend movies that get under your skin and creep you out, especially if they hit you with a twist that chills you to the marrow. My favs of this type are The Skeleton Key (2007), Shutter (2008), and The Ring (2002). 

Prefer a straight-out monster flick? Go with a King Kong marathon -- there are no less than 7 incarnations of this movie (My fav is the 2005 version, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black). After all, it IS a ginormous love story! 

2.  Visit an ultra-creepy museum together. What constitutes such a place depends on what's most likely to keep you awake at night. As a kid I was afraid of ventriloquist dummies -- and I still give them a wary eye. Imagine being surrounded by over 700 of them, all staring and silent, at Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. The only one of its kind in the world, there are dummies dating all the way back to the early 1800s, dummies with real teeth and real hair, and four dummies who washed ashore in a trunk after their ventriloquist died in a shipwreck off the coast of Texas in 1908. http://venthavenmuseum.com/ 

Or you could venture to the Mutter Museum (at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia) -- a display of human anatomy both normal and very, very abnormal. Think things in fluid-filled jars and countless skeletons.... Not for the squeamish!

3. Go on a supernatural walking tour as a couple. Almost every major city boasts at least one of these, and some have several. One such tour, offered by the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, includes a cemetery visit, highlighted by the tomb of Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau. Known for her kindness, people have paid homage to her and asked for favors since her death in 1881. The tour also offers an opportunity to meet a modern-day Voodoo priest or priestess (live). http://www.voodoomuseum.com

Other tours include the San Francisco Ghost Tour , Occult New York: A Manhattan Walking Tour , Memphis Ghost Tours .... you get the picture. Most last from one to three hours as your host shows you sites of murder, mayhem and tragedy.

4.  Spend some quality time together in a site rumored to be haunted. The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California, is one such place. Stories abound of strange sounds and sightings in and around the decommissioned aircraft carrier -- including more than a few ghosts of sailors and soldiers. Visitors are allowed to take self-guided tours. http://www.uss-hornet.org/ 

The Soldier's National Museum is said to be the most haunted place in the most haunted city in America -- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The museum houses a large collection of Civil War artifacts, but the building itself started life as the Soldier's National Orphan Homestead. Stories abound of mistreated and even murdered children. Adding to the unrest: a number of unmarked graves of Union soldiers on the site.  https://gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com/soldiers-national-museum/

5. For something romantic AND paranormal -- what about a stay at a haunted bed and breakfast? The Red Garter in Williams, Arizona, has had many roles over the years -- opium den, Chinese restaurant, boarding house and saloon, but it's most famous for its time as a bordello. 

The old building was completely renovated and restored in the 1990s, but ghostly incidents began even before it reopened as a hotel and bakery. Guests have reported their beds being shaken or bounced, or the sensation of someone sitting on the mattress beside them. Footsteps have been heard on the vacant staircase and doorknobs have been rattled when there is no one in the hallway. A few guests have reported seeing the ghost of a beautiful young woman, pacing the floor in their room before suddenly disappearing. redgarter.com/the_red_garter_bed_and_bakery.html



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LOVE IS IN THE AIR GIVEAWAY HOP

February 7 to February 14, 2013




Over 100 authors and bloggers are participating, each hosting a giveaway on their own site. You'll find the complete Linky List to all of the sites posted below.


Dani's Giveaway is now CLOSED




Congrats to the winner, MARY K. Mary's name was drawn at random from the comments and she'll be receiving the following goodies:

The winner will be able to have a quiet but spine-tingling evening at home -- a paperback copy of HAUNTED AMERICA by Michael Norman and Beth Scott (featuring a grand tour of ghostly hauntings throughout the U.S. and Canada). Plus you can brew a pot of one of my favorite coffees -- if the book fails to keep you awake, this definitely will. It's called Dead Man's Reach! And of COURSE, there's chocolate involved - "Twilight Delight"!


I'll be choosing a name at random from the comments on February 15th. 

Good luck everyone!
 

75 comments:

  1. I don't know if you'd call it supernatural or not but I can mentally send messages to my husband no matter where he is in the world. It's really funny because he'll call me (even from China) and just answer what I may have mentally sent to him. We get a big laugh and then have a conversation.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. How cool is that? My kids and I often "know" things about each other ahead of time, and call accordingly. It would be really useful to be able to message them mentally!

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  2. My whole family has some type of ability with the paranormal. On so many occasions I can't count I've been able to know things ahead of time. It would be great if it worked on the lottery :)
    Love this Hop. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. My family too --- but unfortunately we don't get to choose what we know in advance! I agree, I wish it worked on the lottery, LOL!

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  3. what great ideas! I didn't know some of these places existed. Dummie museum!? creeeeepy. The Mutter Museum has my daughter all excited

    thanks for the cool info

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    1. There's such a lot of paranormal places and events out there to enjoy. Vent Haven is in a private home plus two other buildings on the property. One room is set up as a classroom and there's an empty seat so you can have your photo taken among the dummies.

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  4. The Dummy Museum is featured in Molly Harper's short My Bluegrass Baby. THere, how prescient of me to read that before so I could recognize it here! steph AT fangswandsandfairydust DOT Com

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    1. Really? I didn't know that! I love Molly Harper, so I'll be looking for that one, thanks!

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  5. what great ideas! I didn't know some of these places existed. Dummie museum!? creeeeepy.

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    1. Once you start looking, it's amazing how many paranormal places there are -- and things that border on the paranormal. I agree, the dummy museum might not be haunted but it IS creepy!

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  6. My bucket list is full of these places to visit and at the very top is New Orleans - I want to see it all! Next stop would be Mutter Museum ;) I just hopped online to see what is available in my area and was shocked to see how many there are, perhaps will have to start local o_O here is the link if you want a peek. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8VXtA3ep6A And my sister is one of the owners of The Venetian Theatre & Bistro in Hillsboro and this place is famous for its haunting, not to mention great food LOL Thank you for the fun.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. The Plunket House looks fascinating - thanks for the link! And how interesting that your sister owns the Venetian Theatre & Bistro --has she ever had an experience there?

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    2. Yep. They even had one of those ghost hunter crews come out and get the shivers on LOL I will try to find a link for you. The local news did a piece at Halloween. But my sister and her partner have done an awesome job in restoring and getting it up and running. They have the restaurant portion and in the theater there are regular play productions and occasionally a retro movie night.

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    3. How cool is that? I hope the TV coverage gave the place a boost in business.

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  7. I like to go to New Orleans for a supernatural experience. I grew up in a haunted house my experience with ghostly beings was always interesting I had a paperback copy of bram stokers Dracula and it would always end up outside my bedroom. If it wasn't that it was the lights and doors being active when no one was around.
    Harrison.luna.tina@gmail.com

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    1. New Orleans seems to be Paranormal Central, doesn't it? Love the story of the Dracula book. Sounds like your ghost had a sense of humor!

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  8. Lived in a wacky house outside Nashville where voices were heard on muliple occassions by my husband and I. We'd be in the back of the house and hear young women, thinking our teenager daughters had come home. Dogs would bark. No one. Doors would open (basement, bedrooms, double-front doors)or lock. Flowers in vases would last for months.A Tibetan bell would ring. My daughter said she'd see green lights moving through the hallway. I could go on and on. Super weird but it's funny how we just accepted it all and went about living. I do think, it will be along time before I'll consider another home with a basement again.

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    1. Have friends who have just had this kind of experience in their house -- the sound of someone running through the halls and freaking out their german shepherd.

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  9. I got my hubby The Walking Dead for Valentine's Day. I guess that is pretty nontraditional and paranormal lol. Thanks for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  10. I've given that one as a Christmas gift, LOL!

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  11. I was lucky enough to win a 5 day trip to London about 20 yrs ago. Hubby(then boyfriend) & I toured all kinds of crazy museums. One was the museum of torture, very creepy. But the best was visiting Westminster Abbey & Tower of London. Just walking through those places gave me the chills. Walking up stone steps so worn they were indented & seeing the tombs of some of the greatest Kings & Queens in history was incredible. You could just feel the history around you. Incredible!
    Kleah921(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow, the history would weigh heavy on a person. I think the Tower would be especially oppressive.

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  12. The one that my hubby proposed. But, this is the first year we will be going out...LOL 13 years later. =)

    I want to win I have to try this COFFEE!!!

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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    1. Hope you have a lovely Valentine's date!

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  13. I want to tour haunted buildings in the New England area. To me those states have such wonderful history. It would be a blast...LOL

    Michelle
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Some of the oldest houses in America are in that part of the country -- and some of the best ghost stories!

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  14. would like to go on a haunted houses tour

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I was surprised to hear that Portland, Oregon, made the list of 10 most haunted cities. Maybe that's a good place to start?

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  15. I would love to tour castles in London, they would have to have some ghosts lurking about; and the history would be amazing!
    Thank you for the contest!
    bluebirdsub24 at gmail dot com

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    1. Warwick Castle (built in 1068) is said to be THE most haunted castle in England.

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  16. We went to the Salt Lake City cemetery, to see Emo. (Ghost that haunts up there) and didnt see anything. We id get pulled up gravity hill up there though.....wierd sensation
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
    email is iluvrik@gmail.com

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    1. Cool -- we used to have a "magnetic hill" near where I grew up. The illusion is really convincing!

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  17. I'm a paranormal investigator. The supernatural is my favorite hobby. Send that book and yummy coffee to trekkieturtle at gmail dot com.

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    1. I replied once but the message went off into the Twilight Zone! I think it's really fascinating that you're a paranormal investigator. Do you have any good stories to share yet? I also like your email name!

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  18. when I was a little girl we lived in a haunted house. I would pick up a comic book, and the light would turn off. I would lay down the comic book and the light would turn on again. Sometimes the door knob would shake like someone was on the other side. One of those old glass diamond types. I still think of that when I see one. Things would fly across the room sometimes. I would take all those things in stride. I thought every little girl had a family ghost. My mother was in most ways a very down to earth person. But she had her witchy side. every now and then we would play tip table. we had this old card table and we would place just our finger tips on the sides very lightly and we would say Tip table, tip table, tip table, tip table..." The table would rise. Mom would ask it what is no, it would tap two or three times, she would ask what was yes, it would tap two or three times. then we would ask how many spirits where in the room. then we would ask it whatever question we wanted to. It would answer. And everyone wondered why I grew up kinda strange. :^)

    crowredrose@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for this insight. I've been fascinated by the history of table tipping in America. It became very popular during the spiritualist movement that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century, and it continues today. Some people do it for fun and for others, it's part of their religious practice.

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  19. :) My family lives in a haunted home but my husband has NEVER heard the ghost. Love the supernatural!

    AmethystDaydreams at zoho dot com

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    1. That seems to be the way of it -- someone is aware of a presence and others aren't. Not everyone is tuned in to the psychic energy around them, OR they experience it differently.

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  20. I don't think I have ever participated in anything supernatural, but I love the idea of a horror movie marathon and staying at a haunted bed and breakfast...not for the scare but for the time alone. He is a scaredy cat, so he'll be snuggling up to me!
    monkeycstars(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. I have to say that I LOVE hotels -- there's something about closing that door and feeling relieved that no one can find me for a little while. So of course the first thing I do is go online..... Go figure.

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  21. I've attended a couple of medium/psychic nights that my sister-in-law organised to raise money for my nieces school but I'd love to take a haunted tour! Every year they advertise them where I live but I never get around to going on one of them!
    suzi1811 @ fsmail.net

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  22. If you ever do go on a tour, let me know what it was like. :) I'd love to visit with a medium.

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  23. ohhh creepy! I love haunted houses, in theory. lol They spook me bad. We have the winchester mystery house here in the bay area and I've yet to step foot inside for a tour. *shivers*

    Love this piece Dani! xoxoxo

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    1. The Winchester House? Really? Omigosh, I'd love to see it --- in the daytime of course!

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  24. I haven't really participated in anything super natural. Oh wait.. one time I went to a haunted graveyard after 1am. That was fun but I didn't see any ghosts. I really wanted to, though!

    Thanks for the giveaway
    mestith (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Graveyards are fascinating places, particularly old ones. Every memorial is a story -- I'm always inspired with writing ideas when I walk through a cemetery.

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  25. I went on a ghost/paranormal tour of New Orleans once and it was amazing. I wasn't lucky enough to sight anything, but it was so cool learning about the stories and the history of some of those old French Quarter buildings. I bought the book from the tour place too, just so I could remember where I need to go back!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    jillynann(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I am JEALOUS! That's got to be tops on my list of tours to take. So cool that you got to do that.

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  26. I would love to go to a real haunted house.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I like the idea of some haunted places -- like the Winchester House and the The Red Garter -- but I get creeped out by places where a lot of violence took place. I think the vibes are bad. I was surprised to learn that the Lizzie Borden house is open as a museum AND as a bed and breakfast. http://www.lizzie-borden.com/ Too freaky for me!

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  27. I would love to go on a ghost tour in New Orleans! Sounds like it would be a lot of fun :)
    I agree with you on being creeped out about places where violence happened and anything doll-like freaks me out. I cannot get Talking Tina out of my head lol
    Thank you for the chance to win Dani

    Emilytardy(AT)Yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Omigosh, you must mean that horrible doll on Twilight Zone. That scared me as a kid and it still creeps me out. (Two minute version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSy8Ko1vSKQ ) I don't like dolls or dummies, and I really, REALLY hate masks!

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  28. The house I live in now was haunted we had 3 different ghosts a farmer, a little girl and a young woman when we were ripping down wallpaper that has been on our walls sine 1911 my mom and I would be by ourselves we would hear someone walking upstairs we would hear banging on pipes in the basement we would also see the farmer walkomg across the playroom amd see a little girl spining around in our front room and the woman used yo play with my door and she has touched my hand tellimg me to leave him alone that he was hers. Im our yard we had an old barn it was buried and then all the ghosts left it was weird amd kind of sad I missed seeong the farmer he showed up the most out of all of them

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    1. I can see their connection to the place. We had an apparent family of ghosts in our last house but I don't know why they were there -- I researched the history of the house (it wasn't very old) and its previous owners, but no luck. We finally decided they just liked hanging out with people who could acknowledge their existence.

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  29. never be any participant and never think about doing it yet because I'm too afraid :(

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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    1. I understand that -- there's certainly places I don't ever want to go. I hate those TV shows where the investigators go to abandoned old mental hospitals and prisons. Too freaky for me!

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  30. I would like to go on a haunted houses tour. Thank you for the giveaway!!! Good luck to everyone!!!

    kptx64@gmail.com

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    1. I love the idea of a walking or driving tour where you get to see a number of places in a city and hear some of the history of each one.

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  31. Thanks for participating! Does going to a medium count? That would be interesting. katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. OOOoooo! That's something I'd LOVE to do -- I think it would be fascinating! Yes, it definitely counts!

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  33. One of my younger sisters passed away
    from breast cancer in 1975 and her
    daughter came to live with us. After
    a few years, DS1 told us of hearing
    things: Aunt Audry said hello to me
    today! Sometime in the 1980s, I was
    seated at my computer when I suddenly
    found myself surrounded by her favo-
    rite Nina Ricci fragrance. The scent
    faded away after a time leaving me
    bewildered but accepting! This con-
    tinued for some years with visita-
    tions occurring every so often. By
    sometime in 2006/2007, her visits
    arrived amidst heavy clouds of fra-
    grance which began causing me to
    have allergy problems. At that time
    I told her we needed to have a dis-
    cussion. I told her she could visit
    but the perfume had to go! She has
    visited a few more times but the
    fragrance is no more!

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    1. Something similar happened to me once. Some time after my Welsh gramma passed on, I was walking down the hallway of my home. It was winter, there was deep snow on the ground and all the windows were closed. But suddenly I was overwhelmed with the scent of lilacs, and I heard my gramma laugh. She always had such an amazing chuckle, there was no mistaking it. And she absolutely loved the smell of lilacs and wore lilac colognes and powders and perfumes exclusively.

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  35. never participated in anything supernatural, and don't think i'd like to either - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. It's not for everyone. Books and movies can be scary enough.

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  36. I would love to go to Scotland and find a haunted castle that you can spend the night in and maybe see a ghost.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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    1. Sounds like a supernatural AND romantic getaway!

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    2. Congratulations Mary - Your name was pulled from the big blue mixing bowl (the red one was in the dishwasher, LOL)

      I'll be emailing you in a few minutes. :)

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  37. There are so many haunted places I would like to go spend a few days in. Great prize! Thanks
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I would find it hard to choose --- there's so many! I think I'd start with Gettysburg, or the USS Hornet.

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  38. I don't think I've actually participated in anthing supernatural, moslty because I don't actualy believe in the supernatural. However I do love reading about it, and watching tv/movies :) I've read a couple of Stephen King books that I really enjoyed, and I love the tv show Supernatural. Also I would love to go to some of the supernatural sights, but more for the historical side.
    Thanks!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. I agree that the historical stuff alone would make it worthwhile! (And I love the show "Supernatural" too!)

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  39. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! :)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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