78. The Fear Factor.
Original Facebook post August 31 at 4:47 PM
On the night before Halloween, Tabitha and her husband checked into this hotel. Due to some strange circumstances, they were the only guests there that night. They had dinner in the grand dining room alone while taped orchestral music played in the background. Afterwards Tabitha retired to their room, number 217, which local folklore said was haunted. Her husband took a walk around the empty hotel with its long eerie corridors and eventually made it to the bar where he was served by a sole bartender. That night he had a nightmare so vivid he woke up in a cold sweat. He was so shaken by this experience that he went on to write a book about it. And that book, The Shining, by Stephen King went on to be a best seller and one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
Fortunately, my visit to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO wasn't that frightening. But there were a few times during this road trip that were a little scary. Like that time I almost ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Like that time I took a wrong turn into a place that should have had the banjo music from Deliverance playing. And like that time I car camped in the dark woods and imagined hungry eyes staring at me while I tried to sleep.
Where am I going with all this? Well, some very well-intentioned friends expressed their concern as to the safety - and sanity - of this trip. To them to I say you can relax now because I made it back in one piece.
Finally, the way I look at this - and most acceptable risk situations in life - is that if I survive, then it makes for a good story. If I don't, well, not so much. :-) Fortunately, this is one of those times that everything turned out wonderfully. And I'm so very thankful for all those concerned friends who prayed for me and gave me shelter and encouragement along the way.
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