If You Go Down To The Woods Today

RDP Wednesday FOREST

I just finished reading a  short story by Algernon Blackwood called ” The Willows “.

In this story two friends- the Narrator and his companion ‘ The Swede ” are  taking a canoe trip on the Danube find themselves at a crossroads ( so to speak ) where this world intersects with another dimension- and in case you’re curious the beings  they come across from that dimension are not friendly.

The inhabitants from this other dimension are the  Willow trees, – the  wind, the waves in the Danube  and something they think is a  drowning victim rolling in the river, but then they realize it’s an Otter- or is it? .

As you dive into this story, you begin to see that the Willows, the sounds of the wind the River and the waves on the Danube aren’t the actual threat to the travelers. The minds of the Narrator and the Swede can’t really grasp what these creatures look like and this is what their confused brains are telling them they are seeing.

So since finishing this story, I have actually put alot of time into wondering what those creatures from that dimension look like.

I live in a State where I could head out to a river, somewhere in a Forest and all alone with nothing but the trees and the wind and the sound of the River rushing by I could try to picture them- that wouldn’t be a bad idea

or maybe it would not be a good idea, after all look at what happened to those kids  in the Blair Witch Project.

They went looking for a monster and they found it.

Lucky ducks.

That does it. I’m heading to the Forest as soon as I can manage it. Wish me well.




The 13th


What better way to get people into   the  Friday the 13th Spirit then to release a movie about Demonic Possesion on a date,  during a month when some people are in the mood to raise a little Hell and  there is a segment of the population is afraid they will be able to actually do it ?

Well played Hollywood, well played.

Tickets Please

WP asks: What are your Future Travel Plans

There are three places I want to travel too, but I probably never will because two of them are forbidden destinations and the third  is a reminder’ there’s what you want and what you need and a smart person will make the correct call.

First up- I want to explore the Seed Vault in Norway.

Inside of this vault are seeds that can be used in the event something catastrophic happens and trees and crops get wiped out.

I’ve seen this movie friends and neighbors and I really doubt if it’s only plant seeds they’ve got in storage. But there’s no way to know unless you get to take a look inside.

Svalbard Seed Vault, Norway

The Cave of Crystals looks like something from a SCI-Fi movie. In addition to that it’s hot enough to shut your internal organs down.

I don’t know why I want to go there but I think it has something to do with wanting to find out what lives down there because my Spidey sense says something does.

Cristales cueva de Naica-

There was this journalist who interviewed people who had jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge ( I think it was that one specific bridge, but I could be wrong ) and lived. In the interview the people who survived said that the minute they let go they knew they had just made a very big mistake.

In the Haunted Forest in Japan- infamous because people go there to commit suicide- I’ve read that some people may have changed their mind but they had gone into the forest with little to no provisions and gotten lost.  And they died. In their way, they let go of the railing and knew they had made a mistake and like the people who jumped from the bridge, they couldn’t take that simple action back where they let go.

I don’t want to go there to find a corpse, to touch the ropes hanging from the trees, or wander off trail and move the clumps of earth with my toe. I want to go there to remind myself that the minute you let go of that railing, you will know you have made a terrible mistake.

Aokigahara, the Haunted Forest in Japan Credits: Simon Desmarais

I’ve chosen these three destinations for another reason- they’re a little dangerous, a little mysterious and even though I like to take part in tour groups, there is nobody there to take care of  you if things go bad. You will have to figure your way out of it- or not.

That would be an adventure and I would like to think I am up for it.