I just received my copy of the new book…The Scariest Places on Earth, Stanley Hotel. Just in time for Halloween! Why am I excited…they have used my HDR photo of room 217 inside! Below is a scan from the book of my photo. Very cool! I always enjoy seeing where my pics show up. This book is for kids. You can find it on Amazon.com here…
Don’t let the ghost stories be the only great thing about the hotel….it is beautiful!! The photo above is form the reception area. With that fire burning…what a great spot to sit, relax and read!! After my visit I wanted to learn more. I had heard about a TV Show called “Ghost Hunters”. I checked the iTunes store and saw they have a few episodes from the Stanley! There is a “Best of” …so I downloaded and watched it. These ghost shows always seem to see a dark figure in the corner or a cold spot in a room…hmmm…acting to me! But after watching this show, I was intrigued by a few things. Not sure if it real or great advertising?
Whatever your thoughts are for such X-File type phenomenon, the truth is out there! LOL I’d prefer to see Bill Murray from GhostBusters stay here one night! Have a ghostly good time and visit here one day if you can!!
The alarm went off at 4 AM and I grabbed my gear and was out the door. I really didn’t get a chance to see the hotel the day before, so it was all new to me! The most famous location in the hotel is Room 217. This is where Stephen King stayed and many ghostly happenings may have occurred. It was quite spooky at 4 AM walking around the hotel. As it is an old building…the hallway wood creaks with every step. At least someone cannot sneak up at you! But if they are floating, maybe they can!! I set up the above shot and gave it a little photoshop touch to create a eerie feel….Room 217!!
I continued on and wanted to grab a shot of the famous stairway near the reception. I walked down and bumped into a family walking around taking photos just like me. The daughter mentioned that she awoke this morning with someone stroking her hair!!??? The mind can do amazing things…I guess?? I went into this visit without much knowledge of the happenings here, so if I experienced anything, it would be real. I was at the stairway for a while, as occasionally a worker or person would walk by my long exposure HDR. Take 2, Take 3, Take 4…finally I got it!!
I then talked to two ladies that were walking around and they knew all the history. They told me about the little ghost kids that run around on the fourth floor all through the nite. I immediately went up to the 4th floor and someone was actually watching a movie in their room and the TV was blasting..I did not see or hear anything. Oh well. I wanted to get a hallway shot perpendicular to this area by another set of stairs. As I set up for my shot, I heard someone walking up the stairway. Worried about traffic with my long exposures, I looked over the rails downward a second or two later and there was no one around???? Spooky!!!!
I kept on taking pics until around 6 AM. The shot from yesterday was just before sunrise outside the front of the hotel. The Ballroom and Music Room are supposed haunted areas. I went to photograph both…no luck! After I returned from my trip, I checked all my pics…no shadowy figures or apparitions found. I loved my stay at the Stanley. I would gladly stay there again! I will finish off Part 3 tomorrow…until then!