Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Hills & Mutant Trees Have Eyes?

The Crooked Bush creeped me out.
It's a perfect horror movie location if I ever saw one.
Imagine it at midnight. 

My family visited this genetically mutated grove of Aspen trees near Hafford, Saskatchewan while on our summer road trip. Science hasn't yet determined the cause of this oddity. Trees outside the grove are straight.

Inside the grove it feels somewhat enclosed. My pea-brain inner voice kept whispering, "behind you." Thus I wandered through the Crooked Bush like a rat in a maze. 

The really creepy part happened after we left. We found a geocache at the end of the road past these gnarled trees and then a pick-up truck came over the hill and down the road toward our vehicle. I swear the first thing that popped into my head was this (just the music, not the claymation so much.) 

Instant adrenaline. 

So I peeled on out of there. In my rear-view mirror I watched the pick-up follow us for a while then turn around and drive back up over the hill...what the hell? So I joked that the pick-up was most definitely filled with extras from The Hills Have Eyes. But we all knew it was true. So while I fishtailed down that gravel road out of there, we all began weeping/screaming/laughing like maniacs until we finally reached the highway again. What can I say? In my little family, barbaric yawps diffuse the tension caused by overactive imaginations.

And that folks is why I TOTALLY recommend this place.

15 comments:

Vinny C said...

Sounds like a riot. My wife, however doesn't handle being scared too well so I'll pass. Not me! It's all her.

Cheeseboy said...

That place looks totally cool. I'd love to go there someday and freak out my kids.

Windsmoke. said...

Sounds like an undies filler to me :-).

lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog said...

I have girls.. My 7 yr old would love it...the otrher two - freak out

btw...your comment on my blog, I;ve never seen nor read that book. Are you saying it's similar writing?

Pickleope said...

Those trees were super spooky in the light! And a Hills Have Eyes truck chased you!?!?! Awww, man, I have to change. So susceptible to frightful things.

karensomethingorother said...

so it gave you a grade A case of the creeps huh. Hrm...it doesn't make me want to rush to it then, but it is interesting.

Sandra said...

Big surprise...you were in Saskatchewan...says the Manitoba snob...
I'm kidding, it is interesting that the gnarled trees are strictly in that area...cue spooky music...

Alistair said...

Ah - thst was you up ahead of me slewing all over the road was it?

And all I was looking for was a partner for my bajo duet.........


Suuuuweeeeee!

Alittlesprite said...

Reminds me of that episode of Supernatural with the spooky woods and the killer scarecrow. You like scaring the pants off your kids don't you? lol.

Chelle said...

Woo Geocache! Hey are you guys home yet or what?

Chicken said...

I could swear I saw those same trees featured in the Blair Witch movie...which was based on a true story or something...I'm so glad you lived to tell the story. da da dada daaaa

Laoch of Chicago said...

Where are the soothing concrete and blacktop and skyscrapers?

dbs said...

@VinnyC Sure Vinny sure.
@Cheeseboy I dare you.
@Windsmoke Could be.
@lance Better not then. I added another comment to your blog.
@Pickleope It was kinda freaky but mostly it was just the deadly combination of our overactive imaginations, I think.
@karen Honestly, I recommend it.
@sandra I haven't been to Manitoba since I was a kid. I'd really like to visit it again.
@Alistair Ha! Now never say suuuuweeee again (it freaks me out).
@sprite Yes I do.
@Chelle Yes we are. I bet E would love to see my daughter's rabbit.
@Chicken Totally Blair Witch. Very good reference.
@LoC It's 16 kilometers off the concrete. Believe me; I was very happy to see it again.

Steve Bailey said...

Evil trees!!!!!! Its like I always say.... they make evil lumber!

Mrs4444 said...

I love this post. How did I know what that link was going to lead to before I even clicked on it? Yikes!

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