Grey and I are so boring compared to my friend Chiz and her husband Craig. I thought a trip to Niagara Falls to celebrate our anniversary sounded fun, but after having dinner with my Erie girlfriends tonight and listening to Chiz talk about her upcoming “weekend away” with her hubby to the West Virginia Peneteniary, I realized just how very humdrum my little plan seemed.
Yes, whereas I was thinking maybe some candlelit and champagne, Chiz whipped up a weekend of padded cells and barbed wire for her honey. And ghosts! B&Bs be damned; this crazy couple is actually staying at HAUNTED prison.
Apparently, the West Virginia Pen is an old jail that closed in the 90s after a bunch of riots and murders. Now, it’s open to the public for adventurous folks like Chiz and Craig who are able to purchase tickets to a “ghost hunt” where they can spend a night in the jail and commune with the inmates that never left. According to Chiz, “some patrons even come out with scratches all over their bodies” from overzealous entities. Scary!! But, I guess nothing says romance like unexplained wounds from disgruntled spirits of former felons!
I guess this sort of trip isn’t surprising for a friend like Chiz. This was the girl we called “Nails” in high school because she was just so damn tough. I have a vision of Chiz smoking Marlboro Reds on the back of a Harley in the rain going 100 MPH down the highway. Granted, she never owned a Harley or even drove recklessly, but oh well, this image just seems to capture her spirit. Chiz was always our badass friend trapped in the body of a Catholic school girl.
Even now, though Chiz decorates her house with toile and does yoga, she still surprises me with things like this prison-themed Valentine’s Day present for Craig. The girl’s still a badass at heart, and it’s inspiring!
(PS: I’ll ask her if she’ll send me pictures post-hunt. I can’t imagine the hilarious potential for Christmas card pics.)
Here’s a video of the Pen!