We Tried It: I Spent a Terrifying Night with Travel Channel's 'Ghost Adventures' !

PEOPLE's Julie Jordan joined the Ghost Adventures team for a paranormal investigation in Eureka, Utah

I've always thought of myself as a skeptical believer.

But when Travel Channel debuted their highest-rated series Ghost Adventures in October 2008, I was hooked. Since then, founder Zak Bagans has continued to lead his team of Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley as they investigate some of the most haunted locations around the country and abroad.

Over the years, they've captured disembodied voices, apparitions, objects moving on their own, not to mention being touched, scratched and pushed by unseen forces. And I've loved watching every minute of it.

So when the guys gave me the chance to experience what it's really like to go on an investigation, I was cautiously game. Naively, I assumed it couldn't possibly be as scary as it seems on TV.

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In August 2018, I met up with the team in Eureka, Utah, an old mining town just south of Salt Lake City. We sat down and talked before the lock-down began and they each explained why they got into this field. "I love being out here and being a detective with these guys," Zak said. "Our experiences fuel us. It's a rush." All of them nodded in agreement. "It's a passion and I love to explore the unknown," Jay told me.

"It opens a door," Billy added, "to say if that's possible, are all these other things possible?"

We were stationed outside on the small town's Main Street and the buildings we investigated each had their own history. One was a former saloon and billiards hall, the other a bank with an old holding cell still in the basement. Zak asked if I was ready. Aaron jumped up and down in excitement for "the hunt." And despite my fear, their energy was contagious.

I took a deep breath and followed Zak into the building. I mistakenly thought it couldn't possibly be as dark as it seems on TV, knowing my eyes would adjust, but even with night vision it was almost impossible to see.

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As we were standing there, I sensed a cold breeze move from my left to my right. It felt exactly like it would if you were next to an air conditioner when it turned on. Only there was no vent. Jay then said he'd seen a light anomaly pass right by me.

Zak also captured several EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), which are disembodied voices and whispers on a digital recording when no one is talking. And I knew he was going to leave me alone somewhere. Part of the joy of the show is watching Zak lock Aaron away someplace dark to investigate. "I understand why and I'm down for it," Aaron told me. "But it's still scary to be all by yourself."

When the guys left me alone in the basement by the old cell, I was nothing short of terrified. Trying to keep myself calm with deep breaths, I was completely taken aback when a small ball of light went across the wall in front of me. There was absolutely no external source.

Concerned for my safety, Zak wouldn't let me participate in the last part of the investigation. Okay, I chickened out way before that. Hearing that someone is going to "do a ritual" to "open a portal" at first sounds intriguing. But then you realize that it couldn't hurt to just wait outside in the car and let the guys report back, thank-you-very-much.

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So what happened? You can watch for yourself on the episode, Tintic Mining District, streaming now on Discovery+. I'll just say that Zak immediately ran to the car and played the audio evidence they had just captured on a digital recorder. I still can't even try and describe what it sounded like, but I instinctively put my hands over my ears because it honestly felt like something I should not be hearing. It was absolutely horrifying.

But that is exactly what keeps us coming back for more—watching Zak, Aaron, Billy and Jay tackle the unknown. And yes, they do get scared at times as well but as Zak told me, "That's why it's called an adventure."

It's been a little more than three years and I still can't get what I heard out of my head. It shook me to my core. Because it doesn't matter if you're a skeptic or a believer. If you like facing your fears, then you will love Ghost Adventures.

Ghost Adventures can be seen on Travel Channel and streaming on Discovery+.

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