Legend TrippingSeptember 7th, 2011
I grew up in a very small town in the foothills of Northeast Georgia. We had No movie theater, no shopping mall, and you couldn’t buy alcohol without driving 25 minutes to the next county. There wasn’t much to do.
My friends and I had to find our thrills in unlikely places. We spent countless nights getting lost on dusty, isolated back-roads searching for adventure. If some kid told us a little girl’s ghost played down by the railroad tracks we’d take our flashlights and go looking. Every time some old man said he’d seen a sasquatch shamble across Highway 75, we were in fast pursuit.
It wasn’t until years later I learned this sort of thing is called “legend tripping”. As you likely have guessed, I’ve never outgrown the habit.
As I continue to work on the first draft of the book it seems that with every page I cater more and more to the legend tripper. With that in mind I’ve decided to dedicate blog space to this past time.
Each week (usually on Wednesday) I intend to feature a famous location in Wisconsin that one can visit and hopefully encounter a legend face-to-face
With that in mind here are a few important rules a rookie legend tripper should learn:
- Never go on private property without permission. If it turns out the location you’ve arrived at is marked “no trespassing” please don’t break the law.
- Always be respectful of the locals when legend tripping. One bad egg can ruin it for the rest of us.
- Always take a buddy. Don’t go wandering around looking for ghosts and monsters alone. If you actually encounter the Beast of Bray Road you won’t want to be alone. Also keep in mind there are plenty of “mundane” dangers to confront solo legend trippers. There is always safety in numbers.
- Never steal or vandalize. Again, people who do this ruin it for everyone.
- Always take a flash light, a map or GPS, a blanket, a first aid kit and some food. Always be perpared. Cars can break down, people can trip or get lost, et al.
- Never go into cemeteries at night unless you know you’re allowed to. The vast majority of graveyards close at sunset. Again, please don’t break the law.
- Always tell someone if you actually come face-to-face with the legend you’re pursuing. Especially writers like myself.
- Never be disappointed if you don’t encounter the legend. It’s cliché, but I believe it to be true: “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”
Ready to legend trip? Great! I’ll be posting the first location soon. Have a suggestion? Send it here.
Until next time,
J. Nathan Couch