Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Devil's Elbow

Last weekend, Eric and I headed up to the "great northwest" of Michigan to spend a quiet weekend exploring the autumn colors and touring the Tunnel of Trees. I'll get to those posts next week, but in the meantime, since we're in "spooky week", I'm sharing our adventure to the Devil's Elbow. We left our inn and started our journey into the woods to seek out the sign that marked the spot for the haunted location. Roads kept winding and twisting and finally, we saw it. We pulled off to the side of the road, parked, and headed into the woods.

There are a few different legends associated with this spot. The Odawa Indian Bands believed that the area was home to spirits who made their presence known in the hours of nightfall. Another legend states that the Devil's Elbow marks the spot where the devil scooped out a giant hollow after Native Americans suffered a rampant plague. A third legend is that the Ottawa Indians believed a great battle amongst the Gods created a ravine, banishing the devil into it.

It has been said that former residents could hear "voices and sounds" coming from the ravine after dark. Strange drum beats can be heard at the old tribal cemetery, as well as screams throughout the route of the Tunnel of Trees. Even strange lights and apparitions have been reported from those who dare to drive through at night. Oooooh!

Eric and I didn't see or hear anything peculiar during our trip to Devil's Elbow, but it was fun to seek out the path of the dried up ravine and to learn about the haunted legends of this location. We also came around 11am in the morning. I don't think I'd be brave enough to drive through the tunnel at night, park at this location, and walk deep into the woods. Creepy! Do you guys believe in apparitions, ghosts, orbs, or haunted locations? 

I'll be back with a couple more "haunted posts" this week! I hope you guys are enjoying them. They're always some of my favorite posts to write every year. I can't believe how soon Halloween is coming up! Are any of you dressing up? I'll be dressing up and heading to one of my favorite local dance parties. I'll wait to share my costume, but oh man... it's going to be super nerdy. I'm looking forward to it. ;)

Outfit details:
Intricate Cardigan c/o Rose Gold and Blush

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Ada Witch

Tonight, I took a drive out to Findlay Cemetery to hopefully find the Ada Witch's gravestone. The legend behind the Ada Witch is that in the 1800s, a woman named Sarah would meet her lover in the woods surrounding this cemetery on 2 Mile Road. Her husband apparently found out about her infidelity, and followed her as she snuck out for a rendezvous with her lover. Upon seeing the lovers embrace, the husband murdered his wife on the spot, and proceeded to go after her lover. They fought until they both succumbed to death.

I followed the directions to Findlay Cemetery. Eric and I both have really full schedules this week, so I proceeded to go alone. I brought Winny along, for protection, of course. ;) Our map told us to get off on 2 Mile Road, and we headed down this dark, old, dirt road for a couple of miles. The cemetery appeared on our left hand side, so we got out and explored for a little bit. I noticed that all of the gates were locked, so we couldn't get in. Apparently ghost hunters have come and stolen pieces of Sarah's grave, so they are extra protective of the grounds.

As I was setting up the tripod, I kept hearing this weird rustling noise. I would look around, but then it would turn totally silent. I could only then hear the wind going through what leaves we have left on the trees. As it was getting darker, I was getting slightly more freaked out. Reporting sightings of the Ada Witch have included mists, orbs, footsteps, a woman weeping, shrieks, and sounds of a struggle. The reported places of haunting are the Findlay Cemetery (here, where she was buried), Honey Creek Road (where her body was found) and Seidman Park (where she was supposedly murdered).

A few cars drove past, and I started to feel a little bit better. But then I saw a woman standing off in the distance, and I just assumed she was visiting a grave. I noticed she had long dark-hair, and a flowing white dress, and I couldn't exactly make out her face. Winny barked and barked at her, but she just stood there not making a move. It was getting darker outside, and I decided to just quickly finish up my photos to get the heck out of there. I looked back up to see if I could find the lady, but she was gone. Did I see the Ada Witch? ;)

Outfit details:
Lotus Trib Embroidered Little Black Dress c/o Chicwish
Old Navy Red Flats (similar)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autumnal fields

Last weekend, Eric and I tried to head out to the pumpkin patch before realizing they closed at 6pm! So, we just pulled off to the side of the road to snap some pictures quickly. That's definitely still on my bucket list. I'm just worried it might have to be after Halloween because we've been so busy! We're headed up to Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs soon and I'm so excited. I've never been up to that part of Michigan before, so I'm looking forward to exploring. I especially can't wait to see the Tunnel of Trees. I hope we still have some color left! I'll be back tomorrow with a fun jewelry giveaway... and then next week will be all spooky posts and a little collaboration with Ruche. Be sure to check out some of my haunted posts from the past in the meantime. And don't forget to enter the Minnetonka giveaway!

Outfit details:
Cinnamon Spice Sweater c/o ModCloth (similar)
Forever21 Patterned Dress (similar)
Samantha Pleet Blixen Boots c/o Wolverine 1000 Mile

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Minnetonka One Style, Two Ways

I'm so excited to be pairing up with Minnetonka Moccasin today to bring you One Style, Two Ways! They reached out to me and asked if I wanted to work with a friend on styling a pair of their shoes. I jumped at the chance. Not only do I love Minnetonkas, but they are the perfect shoes for autumn. I chose one of my good friends, Kate of Brilliantly Kate, to help me out. We decided on the Lace-Up Hidden Wedges in Chocolate. I loved that these feel like the Minnetonka brand, but have a slightly different look than their normal moccasins. Plus, these are the most comfortable wedges I've ever put on my feet. I love them. Be sure to head over to the Minnetonka blog to check out our feature. Now for the fun part... you can enter to win a pair too! You can enter here on the blog for a chance, and you can also enter their #MyMinnetonka contest that's currently running. Every Monday someone will win their choice of mocs and a $250 gift card. Be sure to check out more contest details. Good luck! xo

Outfit details:
Gardens of Versailles Lace Blouse c/o Ruche (similar)
Wool Floppy Hat in Brown c/o Sosie (similar)
Lace-Up Hidden Wedge in Chocolate c/o Minnetonka Moccasin