The zombie apocalypse beginneth, people. Be prepared.
I knew I was getting closer to my destination when I started seeing zombies.
You probably aren’t aware the apocalypse has started because the zombies are beginning the invasion in the middle of nowhere. You know how in apocalyptic movies they always show the survivors flee to some barren wasteland?
Yeah, that’s where I was. In the middle of a barren wasteland.
And so were the zombies. (Of which I had more photos, but they sucked. The photos, not the zombies. Vampires suck.)
Like a shriveled, dried-up oasis tucked amongst the ubiquitous tumbleweeds and dust I saw the rustic timbers of Calico Ghost Town rise out of the nothingness.
A thriving mining town in 1881, Calico, just outside of Barstow, CA, is now home to nine zombies – err, I mean people. I suspect they ate 31 of the original 40 residents and have lived off the brains of lost tourists ever since. Except for the zombies, this place really is deserted. Well-kept, but deserted.
My first real attempt at a video is below. Sorry, my audio overlay needs work. Since you can’t hear me doing the voice-over, this is what I’m saying:
“When you’re traveling through the California desert there is miles and miles of nothing, then a speck of a town, then miles and miles of nothing, then another speck of a town. Today I’m at one of those specks: Welcome to the Calico Ghost Town. Built in 1881 for mining silver, the population was 40. Today, it’s home to nine zombies. There’s no one here because they’ve eaten all the tourists. It’s kind of spooky.”
Then the video abruptly launches into a train ride tour of the town, with the much louder and much better audio of the train tour announcer. Again, sorry. My audio/video can only get better. I do have to say I’m most pleased with my intro and exit – I still can’t believe I created them! 🙂
(BTW – I’m using a combo of Flip and Windows Movie Maker – both were free and that was the criteria in choosing them. Suggestions for better free editing software welcome, and needed.)
Next, a trip to find Mollie’s Nipple in Purgatory. I hope she still has the other one.