posted on Nov, 8 2009 @ 07:38 AM
This is a story about what happened to me on a trip from Ohio to California in Nov. of 2007. Had it not been for the unexpected and completely out of
place photo that showed up months later,it would have remained just that-a "story"-that could have been chalked up to a sleep-deprived
Unlike "Are You Watching It?...",there are no negatives since I now use a digital camera.
This happened on Nov.11th,(which is significant in itself,because I also am one of those people who have experienced the "11:11" phenomenon,but
that is a seperate story in itself!)
It was very late at night when I left Reno,heading to Redding,California along Hwy 44. It started to rain very hard. Driving by myself and in a
hurry to reach my destination,I had only slept briefly along the way,propped up uncomfortably in the front seat of my van. So when I suddenly saw the
"Grim Reaper",half-running,half-floating in front of me,waving his right arm as if to say,"C'mon! Hurry up! What took you so long?!",my natural
response was to say,"You're not real!" In fact,I did say out loud,several times,"You're not real!"
Then things got really crazy! The next thing I knew,it seems I had lost control of my steering,and I had the frightening sensation that the
rear-end of my vehicle was fish-tailing wildly back and forth! I slowed down as much as I could,but all that managed to do was cause some angry
drivers to get backed up behind me,some even honking their horns. One of them must have alerted the authorities,because soon a ranger,(not a
policeman),was beside me,lights flashing,urging me to pull over. There really was no where to "pull over" to,so I stopped while he directed traffic
He then told me to follow him and he would lead me to a safer place to pull over. It was nothing more than just a "turn-out",there to get off the
road and let others go around. He said he was about to end his shift,but not to worry,there was no one around for miles! This did little to assure me!
I'd seen enough scary movies that it wouldn't have surprised me had his statement been followed by peals of evil laughter! There was no reason for
me to think I was even safe with him!
I insisted there had to be a safer place,something closer to "civilization. He said there was,so once again,I followed him,while he flashed his
lights and I crept along as slow as I could.
The place he led me to looked like the kind of gas station from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre",but at least there were lights and a pay phone. Then he
wished me luck and was gone.
I saw two vehicles parked off in the darkness,so I wasn't alone afterall. After waiting a few minutes,they eventually drove off,and I ventured out
to use the phone. My cell-phone was not working.
It took several frantic attempts to reach my daughter and communicate to her that I was having mechanical difficulties and would be delayed.(I say
"frantic" because even the pay-phone would cut out and we'd have to start all over.)
Between the two of us,we tried to secure a tow-truck,but were told that the nearest one couldn't be out my way for at least three hours.
Seeing as how I was going to be waiting a while,I figured it would be better to pull up closer to the building where the light was better. No
sooner had I done this,I noticed that there were two cars racing each other recklessly on the road right close by. Not a good sign! No telling what
kind of people they were,but I felt way too vulnerable! (It would have been different perhaps,if I'd been a big,hulking man,but here I sit,a very
petite blonde,weighing no more than 110 lbs.
I told myself the least I could do was put my windows up and lock the doors. That's when I discovered the van wouldn't even start! (Darn electric
It's at this point,I started to pray,"God,I think I'm gonna need a little help here!..." And I'm not kidding,it was no more than five minutes
later,a tow-truck slows down on the road in front of the gas station and a man pops his head out and asks if I need some help!
(This must be God's "mysterious ways",because this man was off-duty and on his way home. He'd never been notified of anyone needing help! Not
only that,but as we talked later,he told me that he also was a Christian! That's what I call some divine networking!)
He was the kindest,most patient and helpful person I could have hoped for! Because after all that had happened,I was more than a little distraught
and my imagination had been working overtime! He helped me call my daughter again and he even got on the phone and assured her that her mother would
Well,when he went to start my van,it fired right up! Though he couldn't tell what,if anything,was wrong with my steering,he hooked up the van and
towed me the rest of the way in to Redding.
After a good night's sleep at a motel,I started out the next day,no steering problems whatsoever,with only the memories of the night before
replaying vividly in my mind!
I had to tell this episode in detail,but it's not until after my next trip,from California to Louisiana at the end of January,2008,and back
again,that the picture showed up.
Againgoing it alone ,this trip however was peaceful and uneventful,no real reason to hurry. Going south,I had no snow to contend with. I took lots
of pictures. An especially beautiful scene was when the sun was setting and casting a beautiful pinkisk-purplish hue on the hills of west Texas. I
would up deleting a couple,I had taken too many!
These pictures and all the rest I had shown various friends and family members on more than a few occasions. It was about a year ago,when I was
looking through them alone,that I cried out to my husband,"Oh my God! I've got a picture of the Grim Reaper!"
Story continues below...
[edit on 8-11-2009 by On the Edge]
[edit on 8-11-2009 by On the Edge]