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To Question is To Jaunt: What Draws Me to the Paranormal

This often shocks a lot of people, but even though I’ve had some personal paranormal experiences, I’m still probably more of a skeptic than a believer. Sure, I often have prophetic dreams. For instance, I dreamt of such biggies before they happened like 9/11, the Virginia Tech shooting, and the big flood we had here in Nashville in 2010.


However, for as accurate as they are, my dreams are also unreliable. Sometimes I dream of things (like earthquakes) either as they’re happening or only hours before. In the case of the Virginia Tech shooter, he haunted my dreams almost every night for months. With 9/11 and our big flood, I dreamt of both years in advance. (Five for 9/11, about three for the flood.)

But were my dreams truly prophetic? I mean, there were a lot of specific details that, after the events occurred, I looked back and said, “Wow! I dreamt that.”

Yet, there were still plenty more details, important ones, that were off. I dreamt about planes flying into two twin-like buildings –but they were the buildings where I worked in downtown Phoenix.

I never saw the face of the shooter I dreamt about who stalked me around a college-like setting. I couldn’t have described him and could’ve given only limited details of the school. (I basically only knew it was a school because classrooms often factored in my dreams and I was aware of professors, like having to go talk to one or coming from just meeting with one.)

When I dream of earthquakes, I never know where they’re happening. Sometimes I just dream I’m hearing them happen, but I don’t see or feel them. (Those are really odd dreams to have, by the way.)

The flood was probably the closest of any I’ve ever had. I did dream we were in Nashville, and I did dream it was major bad. But, again, I was not at all close time-wise and I could not have specified one.


I know investigators who would envy some of the experiences I’ve had during non-investigation instances. The first encounter I remember happened when I was small, maybe not even five-years-old. It was in my sister’s room. I not only saw, but spoke to a ghost face, in her bedroom ceiling.

As I got older, I often saw shadow figures in our home. Doors would be left opened or unlocked when they had previously been closed and/or bolted. When I was young, it didn’t scare me. As a teenager, I fled my house, terrorized, in broad daylight more than once. (Or, as was the case on a couple of occasions after school, would refuse to go inside by myself when doors were opened because I knew it would be hours before my mom would come home.)

Then there was my childhood at Cheeseman and the ghosts that haunted my dreams, the encounter at the Shilo Inn with the ghost children, and the experience in the bathroom of Harry’s in St. Augustine.

The only “while on a formal  investigation” experience I had was seeing the shadow thing (it wasn’t exactly a figure, just an arm) at the Old South Pittsburgh Hospital. Although, that’s also about the only formal investigation I’ve done. That’s not exactly my bag.

So I’m aware sometimes odd things happen. Things that can’t be easily explained. It’s why I jaunt. To see if they’ll happen again. For others, even though they’ve had different experiences –or maybe none at all, but they’ve heard of such things and are hoping to experience something– it’s why they investigate.


I’ve learned a lot since I started Haunt Jaunts and got more involved with the paranormal community. I’ve been introduced to a lot of different styles, thought patterns, and theories.

Yet, I still have tons of questions that don’t have any answers. Sometimes they even generate new questions. It’s my quest to understand that fires my need to jaunt.

But, truth be told, even if I had answers, I’d still be driven to explore like I do. Like people, ghosts and the places they inhabit are so interesting. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll discover along the way.

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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3 thoughts on “To Question is To Jaunt: What Draws Me to the Paranormal

  1. Very much hear you on this. I don’t dream the way you do or understand my spidey senses or what exactly they are telling, but I do get premonitions. I just don’t always understand them or what they mean. So the question that forever plagues me is, was there something I could have done, if I’d only understood?

  2. OMG! Emme, thanks so much for stopping by and reading a non-travel related post and leaving your comment! And YES! That’s the dilemma I always feel. Like “Fat lot of good these dreams do me when there’s not much I can do about them if I can’t accurately interpret what they’re telling me.”

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