http://www.southernghosts.com/) I realized that I was just playing. The team I got to watch was lead by Steve and Angie who are known for their great blog http://www.ghosteyes.com/. They are the Virginia chapter of Southern Ghosts. Brett Burchfield from Georgia and Jeremy Morgan were also present during the investigations.
The team then split up and went to the third floor of the hospital. Trigger objects had been laid around the hospital. These were balls, boots, or bikes etc. that had been laid in different locations that had been noted so that if they moved the team could see that something had happened. They could then check video footage to see what, specifically had happened later. When we went to the third floor, we noticed one of the trigger objects had moved. Two members of the group went to the psychiatric ward and continued with what was a very successful EVP session and the rest of us went to surgery to do some psychic experiments. These were interesting as well and were designed to draw the paranormal energy in the room to one person so they could describe the energy in the room.
The group was very methodical and hours were spent progressing through the hospital doing various EVP sessions. The most interesting EVP session to me was done in the basement in a room filled with old church pews. Team leader Steve noticed the ghosts were making the KP meters light up at different times throughout the room as questions were asked and he started asking the ghosts to answer questions by making the meters light up green or red. This seemed to actually work and a partial dialogue was established using this method.
I was unable to keep up with the ghost hunting team, however, and by 3am I had to leave. My eyes were drifting shut and I don't drink caffeine so I had to leave, proving once and for all that I don't have the stamina to keep up with the real ghost hunters. They tell me that after I left they got some very interesting data, however. I can't wait to hear more, but little Jessica went to her hotel and slept because as interesting as ghosts are, my PJ's are bed are much more interesting at 3am. What did I learn from following real ghost hunters? I learned that they are some of the most patient people I've ever met. Not only did they have patience the night of the ghost hunt, but they have to have continued patience as they review hours and hours of video footage and listen to hours upon hours of EVP sessions. I take my hat off to these ghost hunters, because the reality is, it isn't the adventure you see on TV. It is patience and persistence and determination that made this team work. I'm not sure I have any of those qualities but it sure was nice watching others with it for the night.
You can follow the folks I ghost hunted with on twitter at @GhostEyes_Steve, @GhostEyes_Angie, @RCP_GatorFan . I know I'll be following them closely waiting for the results from this trip. I'll also be watching http://www.hauntjaunts.com/ because Courtney Mroch has a sensitive eye and she might have seen a lot I missed on this trip.