‘Valley of the Shadow’…?

I just woke up from yet another strange dream. It featured some random handsome guy who I don’t remember ever seeing before in life. But anyways, it began with me and this handsome guy (let’s name him Jeremy) hiking deep in the mountains of… somewhere. It didn’t look familiar to me so I can’t say exactly where we were. But it was basically in the middle of nowhere and the mountains went on for miles. We were just on a random hike, exploration quest and just went wherever the mountain would let us. We literally had to climb down massive mountains to get down to where we wanted to be. We found lots of little caves and hidden areas to stop and rest and just hang out. While we were sitting in one of the caves, I looked out to the right and could see a little girl standing in the next open ground through the small water carved canyon. She was just staring at me. I stopped for a second and just stared back at her then glanced over to Jeremy and then back at the girl but she was gone. It was weird, but I didn’t say anything.

We continued to hike down the mountain. Once we got to the bottom, we had to walk through another tight water carved canyon and when we reached the end, it opened up to a hidden town in the middle of freaking nowhere. It was so odd. Like, no one would ever be able to find this place because it was so deep in the mountains, and without proper equipment it would be too dangerous of  a climb to even get down to ground level.

We decided to walk around and see the town. It was strange because we thought that it would be deserted, but it wasn’t. There were about fifty people in this town, walking around, living life. It looked like an old western town. The kind in an old Clint Eastwood film. It had a saloon, a bank, a court house, city hall, and little stores all made from rotted looking wood. The town was actually kinda cute though. It reminded me of when I went to Virginia City years ago. Jeremy and I hung out for a few hours and met some really nice people. We actually started to forget that we were deep in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere, talking to random people who somehow live out here. But for some reason we didn’t seem to think any of this was weird. Because people go hiking in random places and discover hidden towns all the time right? This was not normal.

After awhile, we wanted to start heading back home but the town’s people convinced us to stay the night since it would be getting dark in a couple hours. They were very accommodating and gave us a room to stay in. We woke up the next morning around 6am to leave and go back up the mountain and be home by the afternoon. The sun was just starting to show and light up the sky, so we quickly packed up our backpacks and headed out. As soon as we walked out of the building, the entire town was there to greet us. We thanked them for letting us stay for a night and that we had to leave now. Then the town’s people told us that we’re not allowed to leave. Jeremy and I looked at each other like WTF, and we told them again that we have to leave and go home but they just kept repeating that we could not leave. That they wouldn’t let us.

And then I randomly woke up and that was the end of the dream.

This dream was actually really interesting because after I woke up and thought about it for a second, I realized it had similar events as an episode I once saw of The Twilight Zone. The episode was titled, ‘Valley of the Shadow’, and it was about a man who was driving through the mountains and stops for directions and ends up discovering this odd little town called ‘Peaceful Valley’. The town and the town’s people held a dark secret and when the man tried to leave, they wouldn’t let him. It’s a really good episode and I remember seeing it on television in late December. My dream differed a bit, but regardless, had a close synopsis.

Hope you enjoyed reading another one of my dreams!(:

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