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Time Out For A Scary Vacation!

cloudsI was looking forward to the vacation after months of non-stop work.

It was the weekend of my birthday, I had planned a trip to Tennessee for a few nights in a mountain chalet.

A creative time out I called it. Just me and Chanel, my dog. I had visions of writing and catching up on a few books I've had for months. It didn't turn out that way. 

After I checked in at the resort office, I was directed to the extremely remote chalet...miles away on top of a mountain I've not heard of.

As we drove through the mountains, I wondered if my cell phone would work there...it didn't. 

I usually don't stay that far out of town. Don't be silly I told myself, ...this is supposed to be a vacation maybe it would be nice that my phone doesn't work! I need a break! top of the world

After finding the right road, we slowly wind round and round the steep mountain till we reach the chalet right on top.

I mean right on top of the world. We are also the only ones checking in.

The other chalets are vacant on the street. I figured more people might be checking in later. It didn't happen. 

I unloaded the car and Chanel and I explored the two story chalet. The master bedroom was below the main floor. First off, I found that my computer would work since they had a DSL line. The land line was dead. My cell didn't work either.

It suddenly gave me a chill that I was isolated here. Maybe that's not a bad thing I thought. Sure, we could rough it for a few nights. 

chalet

The sun went down and we settled in then went to bed. Nice to finally relax and no phones ringing.

About 4:45 AM I was jolted awake by a strange sound.

Lying in the bed in the dark, it sounded like someone rolling Chanel's bone around on the wood floor above my head on the first floor.

It wasn't a random sound. It kept on rolling around for about 5 minutes. Chanel barked once...the I decided to get up and turn on lights. For once she listened to me when I told her to be quiet. chanel on vacation

I flipped on the downstairs lights, then slowly tiptoed up the stairs to peer eye level with the first floor through the spindles. The sound stopped. I suddenly wished my phone would work in case I was itching to call 911. 

Chanel's bone was still right in the place she had left it in the kitchen.

Nothing was moving that I could see. The rattling sound had stopped. This was an A frame with no trees hanging over it. So I knew it wasn't a squirrel on the roof. I waited about 10 minutes and all was quiet. 

I took a frying pan and broomstick from the kitchen and headed back to the downstairs bedroom. This time I locked the door.

Chanel hadn't opened her mouth while I was investigating. We'd be ready if we needed to defend ourselves. It was hard to get back to sleep. I couldn't wait till sunrise. 

mountain view

The next day I still couldn't figure out what we had heard.

It freaked me a bit that we would have to get through another night without phone service.

So my vacation was not as restful as I had anticipated.

Beautiful place, but it was a little more remote than I would have liked. Maybe it was haunted. 

Next time... we might go to the beach instead.

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 18 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • October 15 2009 10:26PM

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Hi Lizette~ How in the world could you have stayed there after the strange sounds?  I would have been out of there is a jiffy.  I prefer the beach anyway,LOL!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 10 years ago

Vickie, it did cross my mind.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Maybe it was Nutsy pushing an acorn around in the ceiling:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

LOL at Charles Buell!  It WAS Nutsy!  See Lizette, there is a logical explanation!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 10 years ago

I would not stay in a place alone, not even for one night where there was no phone service --- sounds not relaxing at all . - Now you need anther vacation!

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Sounds pretty scary to me!  Next vacation, call me, and I will find you a nice condo on the water in Naples.  Nice sunsets, a cool drink and a wireless connection.  :-)

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) about 10 years ago

Staying alone in a cabin that makes freaky noises.  I am surprised you did not run out of there screaming all the way down to the valley to the nearest motel.

Posted by Kari Battaglia, PA, Buy Sell Love Florida (PalmerHouse Properties) about 10 years ago

Were you in Dollywood or Gatlinburg.

That is so beautiful up there...but what a night?

Hope you got some rest...your story was engaging...I had hoped you would have said it was a squirrel or some animal.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 10 years ago

Oh my. I LOVE being alone but probably wouldn't like hearing noises like you did with no way to contact anyone. Glad you made it back safe and sound.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 10 years ago

Charles I did first think of Nutsy but he would have had a hard time getting in.

Bob & Carolin - You are right. Not as relaxing as I had hoped.

Marcia - That sounds so nice! I will call you next time instead.

Karl - I did think about doing that!

Missy - It was about 5 miles east of Pigeon Forge.

Susie - We are used to being alone too so I thought we'd be just fine. Good to be home!

 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

 

I am confident you would have taken care of whatever intruder was "haunting" the place.    One thing for sure:   it looked better after your stay there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Connie King about 10 years ago

Sorry you had such a rough night.  It's a pretty place to spend some time relaxing.  Perhaps your next vacation will be a real beach!

Maybe it's time for Chanel to have a big brother!

german shepherd dog

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) about 10 years ago

Connie - The place looked much better after your staging!

Erby - Chanel is the diva of the house. I tried to adopt a brother for her but she just didn't act like herself and I found a home for him. Looks like she will remain an only child.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

Some puppies are just born diva's.  Ain't much you can do about it.  Sounds like you got one there!

 

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Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) almost 10 years ago

Lizette,

That is an interesting story. It looks like a cool place. At least you are there the right time of the year for spooks. This reminds me of the plot to one of the old Friday the 13th movies.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I was hoping to see a picture of you with the frying pan and broomstick, with Chanel by your side!

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) almost 10 years ago

Now that's a funny picture you've created in my head, Andrew.  Hilarious.

 

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Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) almost 10 years ago

Hi, Lizette. Yikes! What were you going to do with the broomstick?? I just wrote a post about TASERs...maybe you should get one!

http://activerain.com/action/channels/activerain/topics/taser_c2_personal_protection_and_peace_of_mind_have_two_for_sale

 

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) almost 10 years ago

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