There is an abandoned hotel high up on a cliff near the temple the boys and I frequent and every time I drove past it I would wonder how the hell I could get there. There didn't seem to be any roads leading to it, but finally yesterday, after almost two hours of driving around and some serious reconnaissance work on Cole's part, we figured it out.
The last time we explored an abandoned hotel it was a high-rise and heights upset me, so this one was much better. Instead of one large building there were several smaller structures built in more of a traditional Japanese fashion. Also, unlike the last hotel, this one was full of spiders. Not in every building, but the more overgrown the structure, the more spiders it contained.
I just gagged six times typing that.
Anyway, the story behind this particular hotel is that in the 1970's a wealthy businessman built it despite warnings from the locals that it was too close to several sacred burial sites. After a series of mysterious occurrences and unexplained accidents during construction, the site was abandoned and the owner went crazy and is still in a psychiatric hospital today.
Is it haunted? I don't think so. Although it had the eerily hallow atmosphere that many long-abandoned structures seem to possess, I didn't get a sense that angry spirits wandered its halls. Plus, it's been like 50 years. It's not like they were murdered there, they just didn't want some big hotel junking up their burial site. I'm sure they're over it. They're spirits. They can go anywhere. They can possess people. They can get sexy with ladies on pottery wheels. Without some traumatic event binding them to this place, I just don't think they're hanging around. I am a ghost expert please respect my authority on the matter.
Cole wasn't scared. He just didn't want to stop walking. Or talking. Or making noise. And he absolutely forbade us all from going down like four different hallways. Legitimately put his foot down.
"Fine, mom, if you want to get murdered then go right ahead. MOM!! DO NOT GO IN THAT ROOM! I WILL LEAVE YOU!!"
Haunted or not, it was pretty amazing and it doesn't get much better than hearing your kids say, "This is the best day ever."