So much has changed these past 8 years since I decided to start a paranormal investigation group, we have experienced so much, been so many places and made some great friends. I don’t think I could have predicted that 8 years down the road HPIR would still be here, I of course hoped we would be and I am so thankful that we are still here. I have seen many groups fizzle out in 8 years, but I also have seen a few of the strong groups keep pushing forward. I know our members are the main reason we are still here, and for them I am so very thankful. We have seen members come and go over the years, some of them we still call our friends. Even those members who are no longer part of the team now have helped build a strong foundation for us to be here today celebrating this 8th year.
Our course if you follow our blog and our team, you will know that HPIR is so much more than just a group of ghost hunters. We love investigations, but our mission is much more than just chasing reports of ghosts. We want to keep the haunted history of our area alive and we want to give something back to our community too.
So here we are 8 years behind us, and hopefully many more ahead of us. I asked the group, members both old and new, to reflect on their time with HPIR. I wanted to hear from them about their favorite investigations, some fond memories and how they feel about being part of our team. Here is what some of our members had to say:
Carrie: My favorite investigations have been Bruce Chapel, Buffington House, Whipple Company Store, and the Campbell-Flannigan-Murrell House in Hinton. Each of these places we have gotten great pieces of evidence. My favorite moments are when we have had HPIR family time, getting to know each other and sharing laughs together, we have many inside jokes. I look forward to collecting more evidence, making more memories, and more inside jokes.
Lynne: In my 3+ years with our group, I have to say that my favorite part has been the comradery I have found with my HPIR family. We work together, laugh together, and sometimes disagree together, but we still are a solid group, with solid principles. My favorite investigations, would probably be Bruce Chapel, as although we froze to death, we did get some astounding pictures, and Dr. Grimes’ office, in that we all experienced some type of activity, and it is a fabulous blend of potential for the paranormal. Some of my fondest memories have been our group picnics, bonfires and just spending time with my HPIR family. They are a great group of people, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
Mike: I've wanted to be a part of a real ghost investigation team. We loved volunteering with the tours and look forward to investigating. Thank you for asking us to join HPIR.
Tracie: I learned about HPIR during one of the many tours in Guyandotte. I came to like 3 tours and brought different friends. I actually followed Theresa on her blogs before I moved to WV, so it was destiny that I became part of HPIR. Mike and I volunteered for the tours and hinted that we would love to part of a real ghost hunting group. Then we were asked to join and jumped to the chance. I'm looking forward to ghost hunts. Thank you again for letting us join the team.
Thank you all and here is to many more years of the HPIR team!