Wilhelm's Mausoleum, Sellwood, OR.

I've been a bit behind on updating my travel adventures.  Just ramblings about interesting places I might go.  And sometimes I like to go to weird places.  I have this, well, I wouldn't call it obsession, but, I love to go to cemeteries or even mausoleums and take photos.  I don't know why, exactly.  Part of it is my love for history.  Part of it is the peacefulness you feel hanging out with all those who have gone before.  Another part of it is thinking about death and what comes after.  I would say it's because my mom died, but I was visiting churches and graveyards and cemeteries before she passed away.

One of my favorites is this mausoleum because it's so huge! And, it is a very central character in my novel I'm working on.  Once a year, over Memorial Day, they open up what is called the "Rae Room", and you can go in and view the marble caskets of the Raes.  I'm not going to go into all the history about them, you can check it out here:  http://koin.com/2014/05/15/eternal-love-george-elizabeth-rae/.  But, I did get some fun photos.  I've posted the majority of them on Flickr, but here's a sneak peek: 

My favorite parts of the mausoleum are the older, lower levels. You can almost feel the palpable presence of all the souls who have gone before.  To get to the lowest level, you have to find the elevator that takes you down one single level, and yet, you feel you have gone down many floors.  I remember the first time I visited, I nearly had a panic attack because I thought I was going to get stuck in the mausoleum with all those ghosts.  Ridiculous.  This time, as I walked to this area of the mausoleum, on the 2nd level, I believe, I could almost see the ghosts on these old pieces of furniture.  

There are some beautiful stained glass pieces in the larger crypts in the lower, most Southern levels, and I almost always go straight there after visiting the Rae room.  I had also seen a quote on one of the floors that I thought was so cool, and searched for quite awhile to find it.  It was tricky, hiding on the 3rd floor mezzanine level, but I finally found it.  If you consider yourself a ghost-hunter, and you haven't been to this place, I strongly urge you to go next Memorial Day.  And for now, I'll leave you with this.