I truly believe there are 2 types of friends in this world:
1. Friends who will not try to trick you into staying in a haunted hotel. Probably because they know you will try to kill them if they do.
2. Friends who totally will try to trick you into staying in a haunted hotel. Probably because they’re so secure in their friendship with you that they just assume you won’t try to kill them when you find out you just got tricked into staying in a haunted hotel.
My friend who I was visiting in Texas is the latter.
Of course, I didn’t know that until after she had almost tricked me into staying in a haunted hotel.
We were booking our hotel for our overnight trip to San Antonio, when she asked me if I’d want to stay in the Menger Hotel. She described it as a famous, old hotel in downtown San Antonio. Mind you, she did not mention it is famous BECAUSE GHOSTS.
Luckily for me, the hotel was already all booked up for the night we were going to be in town. Because, apparently, the world is full of people tricking their friends into staying in haunted hotels.
We, instead, booked a room at a chain hotel which I’m pretty sure wasn’t haunted, but was full of loud, obnoxious high school basketball players, so maybe we should have gone with haunted.
Of course, I didn’t know my friend had almost tricked me into staying in a haunted hotel until after she tricked me into going on a ghost tour.
Well, she didn’t exactly trick me into that one. I agreed to do the ghost tour. But I was expecting just your ordinary ghost tour. You know, with some guide dressed in old-timey clothes, spouting off some spooky stories he had found on the Internet or something like that.
Instead we signed up to go on a “Ghost Hunt,” with a guy who actually hunts down ghosts for a living. There was even ghost hunting equipment, including electro-magnetic field detectors and these temperature gun-thingies.
I mean this was some real Ghostbuster stuff, you guys.
It was on the tour that I was told the Menger hotel was haunted. And not just any kind of haunted. But, like, crazy haunted. In fact, it’s been called “The Most Haunted Hotel in Texas,” complete with thirty-some different spirits all up in the place.
Not that the Menger is the only haunted hotel in town. According to our guide almost all the hotels in town are haunted.
Along with the Alamo.
And the mall food court.
And pretty much all of San Antonio.
Despite all the billions of ghosts running around town and our super-duper Ghostbuster gear, we didn’t run into any ghosts.
Which I have to say I was pretty grateful about.
But that didn’t stop my friend from showing me each and every picture she’d taken during the tour, asking me, “Do you see a ghost face in this picture? I think I see a ghost face in this picture. THERE IS TOTALLY A GHOST FACE IN THIS PICTURE”
Because that’s just the kind of friend she is.
Have you ever been on a ghost tour? Did you see ghosts? Did you almost die of a heart attack? Because I’m pretty sure that’s what would have happened to me.