Do you believe in ghosts? While we were in San Francisco, the kids wanted to do something different, so we embarked on Jim Fassbinder's Ghost Walk Tour. I was, of course, skeptical, but thought it would be an entertaining night out.
The tour begins at the Queen Anne Hotel in a beautiful part of the city. It's a 48 room restored Victorian Mansion that is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Lake; Mary was the headmistress of a girl's school almost a century ago. She is said to be wandering the 2nd and 4th floors of the hotel - legend has it that one night, a male guest that was staying in room 410 (previously her office) came home a bit inebriated and fell face-first on the bed. The next morning he awoke to find himself covered in a blanket and tucked in all around his body!
We were not able to see room 410 as it was occupied, but Jim said that she tends to wander the halls, and sometimes, if you feel the temperature drop suddenly and you take a photo, you may see an orb in the photo. Jim was quick to point out that this may or may not indicate the presence of a spirit...there are many explanations for orbs in photos, and true ghost hunters debunk the idea that these orbs are actually spirits, but I'll let you be the judge.
We took dozens of photographs in the hotel...at first, we didn't feel anything unusual. In those photos there are no orbs or anything that seems out of the ordinary. Then Jillian, my daughter began to feel some strange temperature shifts around her, especially around her arms and legs. I quickly snapped some photos, and this is what we saw...
Check out the orb in the upper left hand corner. If you click on the image, it will open it up in a new window at it's full size.
Check out the orb that hovers on her right leg. She was freaking that the cold seemed to travel down her left arm and to her right leg, so I snapped this photo! Poor PJ couldn't get Mary Lake's attention...perhaps Mary is only attracted to young ladies???
One of the best orbs we shot was when another guest and I were standing on the stairs. We were just talking, and all of a sudden I felt something blow right by me...she then did, too, so Jillian snapped this photo! (The 2 photos immediately prior to this do not have an orb in them!)
The Orb is just above her head to the left...
The last photo I'll share was right outside one of the rooms...the rest of the photo is blurry, and this definitely could be a reflection from the mirror, but check out the misty figure above Jillian's head...SPOOKY
We have another dozen or so photos with orbs, but these will give you an idea. Jim's tour was so entertaining and fun...he mixed ghost stories with history and trivia. Definitely worth the $20 for adults and $10 for children admission. You don't even need a reservation! Just show up at the Queen Anne hotel at the corner of Sutter and Octavia Streets at 7pm on any night but Tuesday!
Check out my blog entry on weekend trips to San Francisco for more information on what to do in SFO! (Will be up at the end of July).