Strange Dream

“This just happened a few months ago and blew my mind. My elderly Aunt (90+ years old) was not doing well and staying at a nearby hospital when one night I woke up out of a deep sleep. I looked at my clock and it blinked 4:00am, not thinking anything of it I rolled over and immediately fell back asleep. The next I thing I … Continue reading Strange Dream

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Hitchhiking Gone Wrong

The story took place two-years-ago. I was on my second week backpacking through Austria and I reached a point where I was too exhausted to walk any longer. It was an unusually hot day; I had blisters all over my feet and I was ready to call it quits. I was in the middle of nowhere and decided to thumb a lift to the nearest train … Continue reading Hitchhiking Gone Wrong

Never. Ever. Pick up a Hitchhiker

“So this was told to me by an old family friend, Nicki, numerous times as a kid growing up, as one of those “life advice stories” to keep in mind through the years. And to her credit, I have never forgotten it. Whenever anything associated with hitchhiking comes up it always springs to mind and probably always will. Makes me a bit ill whenever I … Continue reading Never. Ever. Pick up a Hitchhiker

Abandoned Camp

9 summers in our nations oldest national park. 3 of which I worked backcountry LEO, which involved going out for 9 days at a time alone. Stayed in cabins mostly, with the occasional backpacking trip when working boundary looking for poachers (these trips were generally not solo). “The oddest thing (that is, my unsolved mystery), was the abandoned camp next to the trail. Camping outside … Continue reading Abandoned Camp

Seasonal Park Ranger Stories

I am a seasonal ranger for my local forest district. Despite the fact that I live in a fairly suburban area, the forest preserves still make up 12% of the county, with much of the property being heavily wooded…not far out wilderness but pretty secluded in some areas. Being a seasonal employee, I have been on the job for a bit over a month now … Continue reading Seasonal Park Ranger Stories

Purgatory Road

This August, my friends and I were taking a road trip from New York City to Rhode Island. None of us had been before, so we were excited about the drive, especially because we rented a Mustang convertible for it. We left a little later than expected—it was about 10:30 p.m., and since it was a busy Friday night, we decided to punch our destination … Continue reading Purgatory Road

Cleaning Crew

Not much to say. I was young and working for a disaster restoration company we specialized in fire and water damage cleanup and repair. One day we where offered a shot at a suicide cleanup and it was lucrative to say the least. There is an unfortunate whole in the process because if you die and the coroner takes the body the mess is left … Continue reading Cleaning Crew