Mission: Conduct patrol of the area east of West Bangor in area cleverly called "East Bangor". This patrol was done at a Celtic park known as "Columcile" (http://www.columcille.org
) It is a park designed for peaceful reflection, exercise and relaxation. Built as an homage to the megaliths or standing stones of Ireland, Scotland and the islands of the Hebrides, or from their website "A playground of myth and mystery located in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania.
a park rooted in Celtic spirituality and inspired by the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland. An outdoor sanc, tuary open to the public as a sacred space for quiet meditation." This place is amazing, about 3 miles from my house and I don't get here enough. And at dusk it is creepy as hell! Romero would die to film here. Zombies, Vampires, Banshees those freaks from the "The Wicker Man" (especially them...for reals) you name it is around every bend of this amazing place.
Crew: Myself and one creeped out Riley the Zombie Response Dog. Weather: partly cloudy, 50ºF Equipment: typical EDC for me and an 8lb ruck for the wonder dog.
After action report: Zero alerts from Riley and I found no Zed sign HOWEVER this place could be construed as ground zero for creepy and the ghouls might have just stepped out. This is more of a raise em' from the dead Voodoo zombie vibe here gentle readers. Every where you look there are standing stones, sacrificial type alters and about 300 cairns lining the trails...think the Blair Witch Super Bowl. In the end it was just as promised, a peaceful place for reflection and rejuvenation but I still ended up running out of the park screaming "Killing me won't bring back your goddamn honey!" I give it two Zeds up, Riley says check it out. Photo recon attached.
Entrance from Fox Gap Rd
St Oran's bell tower (yeah the St. Oran from my Sig line)
"The way you think it is may not be the way it is at all."
Riley inside St. Oran's bell tower..."Really boss??? Get me out of here!"
the"Stones of Voyage" (no i didn't make that up)
St. Columba's "Chapel" Damien...oh Daaamiennnnnn!
Inside the "Chapel" Riley:I went in the last one boss... Note the groove on the alter for "drainage".
Window from inside the "Chapel"
Thor's Gate with the "Chapel" in the distance. Yeah, it's Stonehengey. This is what Spinal Tap had in mind.
Riley isn't looking at something. He is purposely NOT looking at that Blair Witch action in the background. As we have established, this region of Pennsylvania is rocky but geeez creepy and rocky???
Playing "count the cairns"
Conclusion: I am not sure if this place is going to attract the undead or repel them...only time will tell. But it is worth seeing.
I think I am going to their "Spring Equinox"or the Bealtainne (Beltane) party. I hear a little girl is missing, maybe I can help find her. Wish me luck!