In November of 2005, my then 2 month old daughter had come down with a common cold and had it for about 2 days and she wasn't feeling too well, so I went to sleep along side her at around 10:00 PM. I was worried about her and debated if I should take her to the hospital, the nearest one being about 30 miles away from where we live. But since she didn't have a fever and she appeared to be fine, I didn't want to waste a trip to ER and I just thought to wait it out and let the cold run its course.
Around after 12:00 at midnight, I woke up and she was very hot to the touch and she couldn't even cry because she was so weak. I had no thermometer and didn't take her temperature but she was hot enough to know that it could be dangerous for a child that young. I gave infant Tylenol to my baby before we left to see if that would help, but being a paranoid mother, I decided that we should still go to the hospital. I asked my sister to go with me and we left at around 12:30 am.
The wait at the hospital took hours, but I was also very relieved that her fever went down. I thought to just leave and go home because I was so tired, but I wanted to be sure she didn't have any other infection so we continued waiting for the doctor to see her.
By the time it was our turn, it was nearly 4:00 in the morning. She got checked and turned out everything was fine with my daughter and we left around 4:40 am.
As we were about into 20 minutes of driving home, I noticed a figure alongside the road. We were maybe about 50 feet away. I thought it might just be some livestock walking about because that isn't unusual around there. When I first saw it, I thought it was 2 cows standing beside one another, but as I got closer and the headlights shone more light on it, it was clearly a young woman standing there. Not just any common woman though. This woman was dressed in her finest, like she was going to a special event. The area where we live is on the Navajo Indian reservation and this woman appeared to be a young Navajo woman at around the age of her middle 20's. She was a wearing an ankle length skirt, a velveteen blouse, a turquoise necklace, and her shiny black hair was neatly combed back and tied into a Navajo style hair bun. She also wore a Pendleton shawl around her shoulders and she was pointing out her thumb indicating she was hitchhiking and wanted a lift. But this was so unusual! No one wears that style for no reason unless they're going somewhere that would require it and this was out in the middle of nowhere. It was dark, cold, in the middle of a long stretch of highway, at 5:00 am in such a formal attire. It was very strange.
So I slowed down a little and my sister and I got a good glimpse of her. It was kind of creepy and we didn't want to stop and pick her up so we drove past her. When we looked back she wasn't there. This really creeped both of us out and my heart started beating so hard and fast. I sped up so we could get home more quickly.
When we got home I told my mother about what we saw. She said in that area before it ever became a highway, there used to be a mother and daughter who lived there and the daughter had become very ill and she died at around the age of her mid 20's. She was buried within that area we saw the young woman hitch hiking. We believe it was her ghost that we saw. Since she died an untimely death so young, we believe her spirit still lurks around where she lived and where she was buried.
I never did believe in ghosts all that much but now I know they walk among us and at times we see them. After that incident my sister and I dubbed that area of highway "The Haunted Road".