Written by: Scotty
I'm not sure I can find any other way to say this, but I feel like I am home at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado. And I am by far not the only one that says something crazy as this, it is Monday night and there are people galore roaming around the estate. It has been years since my last visit to this majestic venue and I must say that I will not let that much time go between my next visit.
What is the reason that people are drawn to such a place? Could it be the history of the hotel? Could it be all of the people that have visited the hotel since it opened in 1909? Could it be the seclusion of the venue with nothing but great views all the way around? Could it be that Stephen King stayed here and wrote The Shining? Or could it be the haunting around the estate? The answer is different for everyone.
My first visit to the Stanley hotel came back when I was eight years old. My family was always into upper class dining along with high tea on mother’s day. If I would have known then what I know now, I would have begged my family to keep these trips going every year, other than moving down to the Broadmoor, for they had a better buffet. I do remember one of the trips however and my father asking if there was anything interesting about the hotel that should be shared with the table. Our waiter told us that even though he was alone one night, there was someone helping him close down the restaurant.
That is what sparked my interest in this hotel. The hauntings along with one of my favorite movies being based on this very place. I will admit, I love the movie The Shining. For some strange reason it seems to sit well with me. Could it be that I am a little bit crazy? Well yeah, but let’s not tell anyone about that. I love that a place can get a positive reputation for being haunted. I am a believer in the afterlife and have seen and heard some things that would make your head spin, although it was just growing up for me.
So I digress, back to the allure of the Stanley Hotel. If you want to feel something new and something different, this is place to stay. My last visit was back when I was twenty three years old and I actually got to stay the night. It was nothing short of amazing. I slept like a baby and that never happens to me. One of the greatest things about not knowing what to expect is the unexpected. Well, it has been ten years and I am back.
I love the feel of this place, it always delivers even when you are not expecting it to. This time I will be here for at least two nights to make sure I am able to take it all in. Not looking forward to the drive home when the time finally comes. Not looking to the future and living in the present right now. I will sit back and just enjoy. Plus, they have their own channel dedicated to the hotel and The Shining is on consistent repeat, this is just heaven. See you soon….hopefully.
After all...all work and no play make Scotty a dull boy.
Written by: Scotty
Welcome to Seattle, Washington Territory, early 1860’s. The rumors of great gold reserves in the Klondike have run though the young U.S. and Russian territories. Being closer to these reserves, the Russian’s open up a contest to whoever is able to build a drill that is able to penetrate a hundred feet of solid ice to recover this massive treasure. Leviticus Blue, a local on Seattle’s Denny Hill rises to the challenge and builds the most effective drill to date, the Boneshaker. Upon experimenting with his newest accomplishment, Blue changes the landscape of his home city, forever.
The Boneshaker does its job, boring underneath the town, but being built on an unsteady foundation already; the city quickly collapses again, this time releasing a gas called Blight. With the city in shambles and the gas leak that does not only kill its victims, a wall is resurrected around the city to keep the all of its horrors locked inside. Although Blight can be used to produce a drink called sap, it also turns its victims who inhale enough of the noxious gas into the walking dead, called Rotters.
Brair Wilkes, formally Brair Blue is questioned about her late husband’s work and collusion with the Russians to release an attack on the country. Brair never said anything about the possible conspiracy and just tried to go on with her life as any normal person would, outside of the wall. Raising her fifteen year old Zeke on her own, she had nothing left from the life she had previously known. Zeke watched as his mother tried to defend her family name and noticed the toll it had taken on her over the years, so he decided that he would take it upon himself to find the proof that would clear his family name.
Boneshaker puts you into the eyes of the Wilkes family, as you follow young Zeke sneaking under the wall and into the main city of Seattle that has been ravished by the destruction that his father had caused with his machine. Not knowing who to trust, or what a Rotter really is, he teams up with who he thinks is trustworthy at the time, using his Grandfathers good name to fall back on if he gets into trouble. His mother, Brair also joins the journey as she searches for the only thing that matters to her at all in this life, her son. They both are in for more than they bargain for from the start, but are able to find allies, and meet the only man that is able to keep whoever is still alive in the city alive, Minnericht.
This book takes you on a fantastic trip into the past with technology that is before its time, but is able to run with what they had available to them. You meet several different characters in the Wilkes quest for the truth and get an all around feel for the hardships within the city. Being to Seattle several times in my life, the use of the ‘underground’ which is real in the city, just makes the story come to life just that much more. Boneshaker is also a steampunk genre novel, so if that is your arena and you combine that with trying to survive Zombie attacks, then this is the book for you. Either way, this is a solid read, make sure you check it out.