Haunted camping on our way to Berlin

Our first big choice of the trip? Where to head after Amsterdam.

Into Germany, yes, but which direction? We hemmed and hawed, but rather than heading south down the picturesque Rhine, with its castles and vineyard-covered mountains, we set our sights east, toward Berlin, one of my favorite cities.

Before long we found ourselves breezing along the Autobahn (in a rattling, slow-lane sort of way), trying not to dream about about Rhine River boat cruises.

At one point on the way Mark decided to get a spare key made for the camper. For that we needed a Ford dealer (it’s a weird key), so when Mark spotted one, he veered off the road, passed about a hundred available parking spaces, and pulled into the overgrown driveway of an abandoned, decaying, and (please correct me if I’m wrong) clearly haunted mansion.

How he managed not to notice that it was a pretty freaky place to park, I’m not sure.

Mark jumped out of the rig and left to go pantomime, “Hi there. Can you make duplicate keys for a crap 12-year-old Ford Rimor, and if so, how much will it cost?” to the guys at the dealership, leaving Scout and me to fend for ourselves back at the haunted base camp.

After he left, my daughter and I locked the doors and windows, hugged each other tight, and waited for the deathly scratch of skeleton fingers at the door. Eventually I grabbed my camera and dashed outside for documentary (and dog-peeing) purposes, and then quickly popped back inside the rig, surprised to find myself un-murdered.

When Mark got back, he suggested we just stay put and free-camp for the night.

Seriously?!? Maybe next time, hon.

Free-camping by abandoned mansion near Berlin

Would you leave your wife and daughter here? I didn’t think so.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 elaine June 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

hahaha! again i say, “i love your blog”. you’re hilarious renee 🙂


2 Renee June 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

Thanks, Elaine. You’re awesome for a hundred different reasons.


3 joannbc June 15, 2011 at 7:06 am

Haha! I noticed there isn’t a closer close-up of the haunted-ness, but then I don’t blame you. 🙂 So funny Mark leaving you guys there.


4 Renee June 15, 2011 at 7:34 am

No way was I going to get a whole lot closer to that building. It was even spookier in person. Scout didn’t want me to leave the van at all.


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