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My Real Ghost Adventure

Updated on April 6, 2014

The Story

The Story Behind The Emotion

To make an extremely long story, short; The last decade or so for me has been full of heartache, growth, maturity, immaturity, weakness, self-doubt, some drug use, an extremely addicted ex husband of nearly 13 years, 3 children that have watched it all happen, physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse and mental torture, I found out about my biological father to find that he never knew about me, when I found his family 7 years later, he had passed two years prior to that. I'm now, as we speak, waiting on the siblingship paternity test results that should be available in a few days, to prove whether my phenomenally loving and supportive half-siblings are really mine at all. Although we all know the truth, it'll change our lives to know for sure. And outside of this, I am supporting my ex husband (legally separated over 2 years now) while he cleans up from a 13 year Methamphetamine high, he'll begin treatment on June 22, 2009. I'm the only person on this earth that hasn't given up on him. He's been clean from drugs for nearly a month now, I think he may truly see the light, but one can only hope at this point.


First: The Story Behind The Story

Nature's Beauty

While my ex husband cleans up from being an addict for over a decade, we've been spending time together practicing one of our favorite peaceful hobbies, watching wildlife. For nearly 10 years, he and I have lived in the same small farm town of 2600 people. As you can imagine, most of the landscape is countryside. Farms, horses, and tons of state forests and wildlife. So the ex and I have spent the last several years cruising around in our Chevy Blazer, trying to catch even mere glimpses of nature and its abundant beauty. There are so many beautiful things this earth possesses, that many people never quite understand or even try to.

Throughout all of the bad times that the ex and I have shared, we've also shared many, many beautiful things together on these "cruises" as we call them. We've seen bald eagles within feet of us, majestic and beautiful. We've watched them feed their eaglets from inside massive, hundred pound nests high up in the trees. We've seen hundreds of white-tailed deer over the years, but recently they seem so much more at peace. Or is it that we are now at peace?

In recent weeks we've witnessed the deer playing with each other. Romping around, leaping and carousing after each other. We drove within only feet of the tiniest little Bambi we've seen in years. Her adorable little face and dark, gorgeous eyes just stared at us. With her spindly legs and spots, we couldn't help but nearly tear up over the sight of her.

One day we spotted a 200 lb. black bear out in the Kanabec State Forest in east central Minnesota. There are miles of narrow, dirt roads that hunters and wildlife enthusiasts are able to take advantage of. The forest itself is dark and densely wooded. It's creepy at times, to try to peer into the darkness. You never know what may pop out at you. But on this day we decided to take one side road that we hadn't taken before. We had slowed down to a crawl, in the vehicle of course, to watch a deer to our left. While the ex was watching the deer, I looked ahead on the dirt road and saw the little bear looking back at us. I was so excited that I bounced up and down in my seat, pointing at the bear, but I couldn't speak. It's fairly common for people to see bear in this area, and we've seen a couple in the past, but it's never boring to see a bear in the wild. Trust me. When the ex spotted her, the bear turned tail and took off into the darkness of the forest.

Only two days after seeing that bear, we were cruising around again and saw two black bears. It looked to be about a 400 lb. mother and her 200 lb. cub. We watched them through binoculars as they layed in the grass and cleaned their paws. It was beautiful.


Forest Walker

Now that I've laid out the scenery for you a little bit, I can get to the ghost story that I'm sure you've been waiting for, hence the title of this hub.

About two weeks ago, the ex and I were taking one of our usual wildlife cruises in one of our favorite places, the local state forest. We've traveled these dirt roads for years and have seen everything from bear to deer and everything from skunks to turkeys. But we've never experienced anything like this before:

The ex was driving about 15 miles an hour, which is lawful on state forest roads, 30 mph at the most. It was about 8 p.m., about the time it starts to get dark this time of year. As many of you may know, this time of night can play tricks on your eyes. We realize this and have joked about it many times, thinking we've seen animals or other movements that weren't really there, as darkness set in. We were about to round a corner and I thought I saw something just a few feet ahead of us. It's extremely hard for me to explain, it looked like the outline of a person's head crossing the road. At first glance it looked like a glowing orb when it was near my right side, but as it crossed the road in front of me, it seemed to be the outline or silhouette of a person's head. Remember the movie Predator? Well, the predator was supposed to be invisible, but you could always make out an outline of this 'thing'. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, my mouth was wide open and I quit breathing for a few seconds. After this thing was out of my sight I looked to my left at my ex and his eyes were as wide as saucers! He asked me, "Did you just see that?" And keep in mind that the entire trip that evening, he and I had been going through some emotional conversations about our marriage, our children, and what the future may hold. Up to this point my ex was very emotional and had been crying over some of the issues. I hadn't truly cried in about 5 years, truly. I cried myself out in the first 5 or 6 years of the marriage. Anyway, back to the story....after the ex asked me if I had seen that, I asked him what he saw. He said what he saw was the silhouette of a man that had walked right into our vehicle as we drove by. He and I just stared at each other and I had told him what I thought that I saw. We couldn't believe what we were hearing, and what we had just seen.

And just as we realized what we had just experienced, we noticed that he (the ex) wasn't emotional anymore. All of his tears had dried up, and now I was all of a sudden emotional. I started to cry and thought of my biological father. I couldn't believe what I was feeling. We had discussed my father a little bit that evening but the switch in our emotions like that was unbelievable! Neither of us could believe that the other one saw basically the same thing. It was an amazing experience. I'm still not sure what to make of it, but since my life is on the right path finally, I'll take it as a positive one.


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    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      sharkye-thank you so much for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, those were some fun, exciting, and creepy experiences:) Nobody can take it away from me because I have for commenting sweetie, have a great day!

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I love ghost stories! This one is great, because it is simple, straightforward and honest. Most of the time, that is the worst that ghosts do...make you feel a strange emotion for a few seconds. Very neat that both you and your husband experienced the sight together!

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Jama--I know, I wouldn't have believed it had my ex not seen the same thing but only from his own point of view. Amazing and exciting at the same time. Even a bit scary, but cool. Thanks for reading:) Hugs

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      Joanna McKenna 

      9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Not a doubt in my mind it *was* a ghost. Considering the isolation of the road, probably the spirit of a man who lived out there and routinely crossed the road in that spot while he was alive. Cool that you both saw it!

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thanks James! Nice to hear from you. All I know about ghosts is what I've seen and heard. I am sane...I Yes, addictions are one of the worst diseases, but I think he's on the right track as well. Thanks for reading:)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I don't know anything about ghosts, but the first part of your story regarding 30 days clean was very uplifting! Addictions are easy to get and hard to lose but it sounds as if he is on the right track and that is awesome. I am so happy for you! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ivorwen profile image


      9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Hugs back.

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      boozy--I sure don't know what the future holds, but it's true that the ex and I are making some new, happy memories. No matter how our relationship ends up, these are good times:) Thanks sweetie.

      trish--So wise you are. Thanks so much for the sweet compliments, I'm just doing what my heart is telling me to do. I feel horrible for the women that don't gain the self-confidence to change their situations. But I'll be here fighting for all of them until I die! Hugs

      advisor--Thank you, I may just check that book out. I've had several experiences in my lifetime but nothing like this one. It was amazing. Thanks for the well wishes with the DNA test, I know we're related but it will be so nice to see the truth on paper. We're all holding our breath. But you're right, either way I've met some wonderful people that have changed my life:) Thanks hon.

      Ivor--thank you so much, you're always looking out for me. Don't worry, I've been down the bad road and will not allow myself to travel it again. I'm still demanding a divorce from the ex and he will be moving into his own place from treatment. I can't believe a word he's saying right now, as I'm sure you were pointing out in your comment. Again, thank you, I have faith that I'm making the right choices. Hugs

      froggy--nice to see you hon! And thank you as always, you're so positive and I need that support in my life right now. I appreciate your friendship and your kind words. Hugs

      nazi--that sounds like a very strange event that happened to you. That's horrible. I hope you're doing well now. Thanks so much for reading:) Hugs

      Benji--Hey cutie pie! I have so many beautiful things to say about Minnesota and the time I've been spending in its glory lately, I can't wait to write more. Thanks for the compliment. I'm glad I could portray some of it to you. Thank you so much for your friendship and support, I've missed you. But yes I'm definitely more at peace lately and I feel good, and happy. Life is so much easier when you have Faith. Making the right decisions, and forgiveness, are two of life's major lessons that He has helped me to see in my recent months and years. If it wasn't for allowing God into my life, I don't know what would've happened but it probably wouldn't have been good. Always nice to hear from you Benji. Hugs

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      Benji Mester 

      9 years ago from San Diego, California

      Man, that's a crazy story. I love your description of nature in the first half of this hub. It makes me really miss Minnesota. I can't wait to come and visit the state again. How have you been? It sounds like you still have a lot going on right now, but your writing conveys and overwhelming sense of peace. It's really cool. It seems like things are starting to work out right for you.

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      9 years ago

      Last year 'something' - short, fat and slimey tried to gag me while I was lying on my bed. I was a li'l religious at the time so I recited some verses and 'whoosh' the thing went! Am glad that you had a better experience!

    • frogdropping profile image


      9 years ago

      MissJamie - whatever you saw, it doesn't change the fact that you shared a strangely beautiful experience with your ex. And I believe you've got the right attitude - taking it as a positive.

      Who knows the mysteries of the world about us?

      A great article and well worth sharing :)

    • Ivorwen profile image


      9 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Love the ghost story. Be careful with your heart.

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      9 years ago from On New Footing

      You should read the Celestine Prophecy. It may explain some of this for you. It sounds like someone was simply deeply connected to the energy there. Especially if the place had awesome natural beauty.

      Best of luck with the DNA test. Either way, you may have just been lucky enough to have made good friends with that family. You don't have to be blood-related to feel love for people.

    • trish1048 profile image


      9 years ago


      It takes a lot of heart, a lot of love and a strong will to forge ahead in our life's journey. When both parties are engaging, and keeping the lines of communication open, there's nowhere else to go but up. I admire your courage and your strength, many women would have given up long ago. I would also venture to say you are the reason your hubby isn't giving up. You have exhibited not only compassion, but a passion to build on a life that is deserving to be lived. Healing takes time, so keep the positive thoughts flowing, and as you apparently have done, pick each other up if one stumbles. If, and I don't see this happening, but if you two come to the realization that it cannot work, for whatever reason, you'll both know you gave it your best shot..

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      9 years ago

      Hi Jamie,

      I am glad to hear that both of you are walking the long road together and haven't given up. It is a brill experience and you both deserve to be happy together, keep going and the road will lead you both to the right place.You will make it from what you have said and wish you both all the happiness for the future:)

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      trish--thank you again:) the ex is reading this and really appreciates the sentiment. And I always appreciate the sentiment and the fact that you're reading. thank you again:)hugs

    • trish1048 profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi Jamie,

      It sounds as though despite all the hardships, you and hubby still have a very strong bond.  It is good to hear you're both on a path to healing.  Perhaps the apparition you both saw was a message that you are both heading on the right path to a better future.  Good luck!  I'm rooting for you both :)

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      jewels and nms--thank you. I can promise you that these are one hundred percent real. awesome experiences. I wish all of you could feel the same thing I've experienced. It's awesome:) Hugs

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      9 years ago from Cochin

      cool experience

    • Jewels profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Nothing like a good metaphysical experience to shake us up a bit. More people need to have a few of those.

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Cindy--I totally know how it sounds, like a bunch of bullshit, but I promise you, you can believe it. It's nice to hear from you:) I miss being here.

      Toad--Your advice always means a lot to me, thank you. You're a wise man:)_Miss you.

      Christoph--You and Toad have the same mindset, you are like older brothers to me and I love that, thank you. Things are looking better, no matter which way they end up. Hugs

      Mindless--Thank you sweetie:) The ghost story is awesome, it's opened my eyes to so much more. No matter how the ex and I end up, these are days that I will never forget. Hugs

    • TheMindlessBrute profile image


      9 years ago from Orlando,Florida

      I'm glad to hear that things are getting better and I loved this ghost story.What a powerful series of fortunate events your journey is leading you on!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      Wow. Sounds like an important moment for both of you. Who knows what it was, but it was something.

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      9 years ago from Free and running....

      Hope it all works well for you Jamie. Interesting moment, if it did something to the both of you for the better, I believe it.

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      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      I have heard of this type of thing happening before and it gives me the creeps. There are many stories of girls hitch hikibg, and they get picked up, you talk to them and turn around and they've just vanished.


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