A Lady in White
There is no better documented ghost story than The White Lady of Kinsale. While there are many versions of the story, the fact remains, there were three people involved and all lived at Charles Fort. All all three died at Charles Fort. The ruins of Charles Fort, located just outside of Kinsale, Ireland, are said to be haunted by the ghost of a young bride known as the White Lady. According to local legend, Wilful Warrender was the daughter of Colonel Warrender, the commanding officer of the fort, and was engaged to a young Irishman named Trevor Ashurst.
The couple had planned to marry at Charles Fort, but on their wedding day, tragedy struck. Trevor was mistaken for a spy by a group of English soldiers stationed at the fort and was shot and killed as he rode to the wedding. Devastated by the loss of her beloved, Wilful climbed to the top of the fort's battlements and threw herself to her death.
Since that fateful day, the White Lady has been seen wandering the ruins of Charles Fort, dressed in her wedding gown and veil. Visitors to the fort have reported feeling a chill in the air and a sense of unease in her presence.
Despite the tragic circumstances of her story, the legend of the White Lady has become a beloved part of Kinsale's cultural heritage. Her ghostly presence serves as a reminder of the rich history and traditions of the area, and has even been immortalized in local songs and stories.
While there is no definitive proof that the White Lady of Charles Fort actually exists, her story has endured for centuries and continues to captivate those who hear it. Visitors to the fort can't help but wonder if they might catch a glimpse of the ghostly bride, wandering the battlements in search of her lost love.
The story of the White Lady is a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the power of love to endure even in the face of tragedy. Whether or not the legend is based in fact, it serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of Kinsale and the many lives that have been touched by its rich history and folklore.
If you find yourself in Irerland, do not fail to stop by and remember them.
The Portlock Hairy Man
The last time I was in Port Chatham, Alaska was 1984. It is a remote town located on the southern coast of the Kenai Peninsula, more commonly referred to as Portlock. The town has a dark and mysterious history, with rumors of murders and disappearances dating back over a century.
One of the most infamous incidents in Port Chatham's history occurred in the late 1940s when the entire population of the town disappeared without a trace. The only clue left behind was a set of bloody footprints leading to the shore. To this day, no one knows what happened to the residents of Port Chatham, and the town remains abandoned.
In more recent years, there have been reports of murders and disappearances in and around Port Chatham. In 2013, a group of fishermen discovered a human skull on the shore of the town. The skull was later identified as belonging to 54-year-old Michael LeMaitre, a missing fisherman from Homer, Alaska. LeMaitre had disappeared in 2012, and his body had never been found.
In 2016, another fisherman named Steven Craig was reported missing in the waters near Port Chatham. His boat was later found overturned, but his body was never recovered. His disappearance remains a mystery.
Some locals believe that the murders and disappearances in Port Chatham are the work of a mysterious creature known as the "Hairy Man." The Hairy Man is said to be a large, bipedal creature with long hair and sharp claws, similar to the legendary creature known as Bigfoot.
While there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of the Hairy Man, the stories and rumors persist, and many people in the region are wary of traveling near Port Chatham. Some even believe that the town is cursed and that those who enter its borders will never return.
The murders and disappearances in Port Chatham are a reminder of the dangers that can be found in the remote corners of Alaska. The vast wilderness and unpredictable weather can be deadly for those who are unprepared or unaware of the risks. For those who do venture into these areas, it is important to exercise caution and respect the power of nature.
The Ghosts of Wellington
On March 1, 1910, one of the deadliest avalanches in U.S. history struck the small town of Wellington, Washington. The disaster occurred just east of the Cascade Mountains, where the Great Northern Railway had constructed a tunnel through the mountains in 1900. At the time, the railway was one of the main modes of transportation for people and goods between the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the country.
The disaster began when a blizzard hit the area, dumping several feet of snow on the surrounding mountains. The snow was so heavy that it caused a massive avalanche that buried the train tracks and two passenger trains that were trapped in the tunnel. In total, 96 people lost their lives in the disaster.
The Wellington disaster was particularly tragic because many of the victims were immigrants who were traveling to the Pacific Northwest in search of a better life. The trains were packed with people and their belongings, including many children. The disaster was a shock to the entire country, and it led to significant changes in the way that railroads were operated and maintained.
One of the main factors that contributed to the disaster was the lack of communication between the train crews and the railway company. The trains were operated by the Great Northern Railway, which was known for its high-speed trains and advanced technology. However, the company failed to provide adequate warning to the train crews about the dangers of the weather conditions in the area.
After the disaster, the railway company was forced to make significant changes to the way it operated its trains. The company invested in better communication systems, including telegraph lines and weather reporting services. It also implemented stricter safety protocols for train crews and introduced new technology to help prevent future disasters.
The Wellington disaster was a tragedy that shook the entire country. It was a stark reminder of the dangers of operating trains in harsh weather conditions, and it led to significant changes in the way that railroads were operated and maintained. Today, the site of the disaster is a memorial to the victims and a reminder of the importance of safety in transportation.
In the summer of 2022, Dustin Gebhardt, Bobby Ward and I camped several nights in the train debris field. Soon, we will have a video of this amazing place. The people of Wellington, and the lessons they taught us should never be forgotten.
A Trip to Washington is in Order
Last year I met with Dustin Gebhardt, Bobby Ward, and Rick Mianecki to explore some missile silos in the desert and camp out in the Cascades at a place called Wellington. It was a great trip, but only a small part of the state. Washington, also known as The Pacific Northwest is a region full of natural wonders and mysteries. But one of its most enduring mysteries is the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. For decades, people have been searching for this legendary creature, said to roam the forests of the region. One of the most popular areas for Bigfoot sightings is the Olympic National Forest in Washington state. Here, enthusiasts and researchers alike have been exploring the forests, hoping to catch a glimpse of the creature.
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is a large, ape-like creature that is said to inhabit the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Descriptions of Bigfoot vary, but most people believe it is a tall, hairy creature that walks upright on two legs. The creature has been the subject of countless books, documentaries, and TV shows, and it continues to fascinate people around the world.
The Olympic National Forest is a vast, dense wilderness that covers more than 1 million acres. The forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including black bears, cougars, and elk. It is also home to many hiking trails, campgrounds, and other recreational activities. For Bigfoot researchers, the forest is an ideal location to search for evidence of the creature's existence.
One of the most popular ways to search for Bigfoot in the Olympic National Forest is to go on guided tours. These tours are led by experienced guides who know the area well and can take visitors to areas where Bigfoot sightings have been reported. The guides often use special equipment, such as night vision goggles and audio recording devices, to try and capture evidence of Bigfoot's existence.
Another popular method for searching for Bigfoot is to set up trail cameras in the forest. These cameras can capture photos and videos of wildlife, including Bigfoot if it exists. Some researchers have reported capturing images and videos that they believe show Bigfoot, but the evidence has yet to be confirmed.
While many people remain skeptical of Bigfoot's existence, the allure of the creature continues to draw people to the Olympic National Forest and other areas of the Pacific Northwest. Whether or not Bigfoot exists remains a mystery, but the search for the creature has become a part of the region's culture and identity.
In conclusion, the Olympic National Forest in Washington state is a popular destination for Bigfoot researchers and enthusiasts. While evidence of the creature's existence remains elusive, many people continue to search for it in the dense forests of the region. Whether or not Bigfoot exists, the search for the creature has become a cultural phenomenon that continues to fascinate people around the world.
I am pretty sure in 2023, I have to venture back to the Cascades. I think I have unfinished business there.
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