Random group throughts

With so many events under our belt over the last seven months I wanted to start talking about some of them and what we’ve learned as a group.

First of all…I had no iea that we would get so many people interested in our group so fast. I was fully prepared for it to be a slow build up, a few people here and there joining, but it was quite the opposite and we went from two members (Amanda and myself) to 35 in the span of only a couple months. And then we hit 50 and once we got to that level there was no slowing down and we’re currently at 75 members and still climbing. Some people only attend one event just to dip thier toe in the water and consider that good enough and we don’t see them again, others find that what we do is really not thier cup of tea and were looking for something else entirely..some sign up and never attend events. The ones that have remained and become regular attending member have been great and I would go so far as to say that some good close friendships have been created.

It’s turned into a bit of a second job, managing this group..especially for Amanda who has been investing so much time with event handling that she should be drawing a salary (as soon as we get offered our own reality show Amanda, I promise). But it has been so worth it because it’s our group and we don’t have to follow the directives of someone else, but rather create our own group culture and learn from the members that join us and from the events that we’ve had.

2012 was a pretty good year, had some events that we’d like to repeat given better weather conditions, namely Kent Cemetery. We slotted this event about 2 weeks before halloween. The weather in September and the first part of October had summer like conditions. Two days before the event I went to the 7-11 by my place and there was a line up for the slurpy machines. And then the day of the actual event it clouded over, and I’m sure all of us were looking out our windows and silently yelling NOOOOOO. We met at a carpooling check point and started off to the site, and thats when the heavy rain came down, and it didn’t stop. So the event was a wash out in every sense of the word. But, because that cemetery has such a history of reported activity..we all agreed to make that one of our first events in the springtime as soon as the weather brightens up.

The old Spaghetti factory was one of the highlights of our winter events schedule, so far we havent had anyone report unexplained images or evp’s but we did manage to get the urinal in the mens room to flush itself over and over, almost on command…not your normal way for a spirit to make contact, but when you gotta go…you gotta go.

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The Shadow Man

I don’t know what a shadow person actually is. A ghost? a demon? a being from a parallel universe? No idea. But I wanted to write about it because it was due to an encounter with one such being that served as a springboard to my life long interest in the paranormal. There were other deciding factors as well along the way, certain family members who could do some pretty weird things, but it was that shadow man that kinda started it all.

1976. I was 7 years old. We lived in a modest home in a modest neighborhood with other modest home, small town meets suburbia. Sounds pretty nuclear doesn’t it? It was, but we didn’t go so far as to have a malt shop at the end of main street. The house we lived in was a 4 level split..This house in fact.

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The upstairs window that you see was my bedroom. So what happened was that starting at no particular time of year, I began hearing footsteps coming down the hall towards my room, but never actually getting to my room, they seemed to get closer and closer, but never arrived. It scared me. I asked my dad about it and he explained it as air pockets in the heating vents making little pop pop pop noises up and down the hall…sounds feasible, sounds reasonable. Didn’t take me long to shoot a hole in that theory. A) this was in the middle of summer in northern Alberta in what is typically a dry and nasty place. pop pop pop noises in the heating vents would be an indication that the furnace was on. In the summer? Good try. I moved on from that theory, but tried to convince myself it was my older sister sneaking around, or the dog.

So moving onward, one night, several months after the footsteps began, I was in bed of course and the steps came down the hall, only this time, they kept coming and in through my door came this tall, grown man sized thing. It was completely black, it had depth and dimension, you could not see through it and it eclipsed the light from the hallway with it’s frame. It came into my room and I don’t know if I felt a sense of evil or dread coming from it, but by the sheer sight of it, I was frightened into shock paralysis and fainted less than a minute after it came in.

Several weeks later, exact same thing. Footsteps, large black entity in my room. This time, the dog went crazy barking, maybe that noise kept me from going into shock again or made me feel safe, but when the dog came to my room barking, I felt a charge of energy and I ripped out of that room faster than I had ever moved before, down to my parents room. I’ve never seen the shadow man since then, but up until my teen years, even in other houses, I still heard the footsteps. They became more infrequent as time went on until it stopped completely when I was about 16.

An extended “about us”

We get asked the question by new members at almost every event. How did you guys meet and get this group going? I keep meaning to type up a little bio and add it to the website and on meetup, just to give a little info and insight but I always got sidetracked (nice way of saying I forgot). But now I’ve got some spare time, kids are in bed, the house is quiet and I can sit here and type away. So how did it all happen?

Last February I joined meetup and began looking for a paranormal group to join. I came across ghost guide, signed up, and waited for the ghostly fun to begin. And waited. AAAAnd waited. For some reason or another, the group didn’t seem very active. This was, after all winter, and maybe this group was more of a seasonal thing, whichever the reasons, not much was happening and I was eager to get things going, I emailed several group members and posted on the site offering to host events, etc…no reply. A few months flew by and I had actually forgotten about the group when Amanda emailed and asked me if anyone had ever gotten back to me, which was a no of course. We bounced a few emails back and forth and got to know each other a little and decided to get together for some ghostly chatting over lunch.

We met at the Met which is a hotel and pub in the heart of New Westminster. It’s also a local haunt and a preferred lunching destination for other paranormal teams. We met for about an hour or so, exchanged ghostly stories and past experiences with ghost hunting and it was pretty much then that we decided to strike out on our own and Coldspotters was born.

Things took off pretty fast, as of this blogging, we’re only about 6 months old. We’ve had several great events, we’ve grown as a team, and most of all, we’ve met some great people along the way who have joined up with us.

Unfortunately, the group (ghost guide) that we met up through, and what was once the premier ghost hunting site for the city on meetup, was not destined for longevity and after discussions with that group’s founder and organiser, we agreed to merge and eventually absorb their members and resources into our group.

So that is our little story, up to now. We have a website, a couple of social media pages, a blog, over 100 unique members between the two groups with more to come, and a big, old city for us to explore. Doesn’t get any better.

Mountain View Cemetery – The Colonel

Built in the 1800s as the first cemetery for the City of Vancouver, MVC houses several mayors, prominent people, and various socialites in addition to the hundreds of everyday people that populated the newly found city. It’s been known as a local haunt for years and when Amanda and I formed Coldspotters, this was where we made our first visit.

First of all, the cemetery is huge. It spans several blocks on Fraser from east 33rd to east 41st and is easily the length of a couple football fields wide. We canvassed most of the area and got the usual orbs on camera, for example.

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I wanted to talk about one area in particular. We were in a section not  far from the main gate, and came across the weathered and worn tombstone of an army colonel that had been buried in mvc for about a hundred years or so. As soon as we got up close to it, we both felt an icy chill course through our bodies and a very pronounced energy. It was amazing and we both knew it wasn’t just a random breeze whipping through the area. Here is a pic of that grave.

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Mountain View is full of energy and never disappoints when we visit, but this particular grave was quite remarkable with how much energy flowed off of it. I would highly recommend that anyone going on their own ghost walks to spend some time at this grave, it’s a definite coldspot. There is a large circular common area with fountains etc near the main gate, this grave is located in the area directly to the east of that. Check it out.