Hi Edwin, thanks for posting and introducing yourself. Which asylums did you visit? I can't say I agree about things waning in this field; in fact, it seems like they are picking up, and in a big way!
I like the fact that it's easier to find groups and events to go to - and it seems a lot easier to gain access to more places, too.
And I supposed I speak as someone who has had quite a few personal experiences. I'm not exactly sure why, except that I've lost so many close family members, who, for some reason, like to show themselves to me from time to time - without my asking!
And when I investigate, it's almost as if I'm a magnet for activity. I've had my hair pulled, arm touched, coat tugged on - I've seen shadow figures, and even had a dark mist rush right through me (this was in the Hockomock Swamp area of the Bridgewater Triangle).
I've been told that I may have some special abilities as an empathic medium, but I have not explored that possibility yet. I know that like most investigators, I can enter a room and can feel if there is nothing at all, or that there is definitely something or someone there.
But I do agree with you that it's always nice to make it a side trip or at least have some aspect of the visit that has another interest - most places I go to have a historical side - after all, I live in Massachusetts, which reeks of history!
I look forward to hearing about the asylums you've visited, though!