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Old 10-29-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Moderator cut: edit this is an original work by yours truly. An account I wrote of a backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps of Northern CA. Gordon and Laurie agreed that this account was accurate to the best of our rememberaces.

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The following is a true story.
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Think what you may about the supernatural, but there was something about Sugar Pine Lake, something odd. Something that makes me wonder.
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The year was 1987. It was late August and it seemed like a good idea to go on a backpacking trip in the Trinity Mountains (north of Weaverville, CA). So my friend Gordon, his wife, Laurie and I took the six hour drive to Weaverville.

Gordon is an insurance agent. At the time, his wife was a secretary and yours truly was a Social Services case worker. Now I share this bit of personal information so you will realize that the three of us are sensible people. Down to earth, perhaps a little boring in some ways, but regular folk. As a rule, secretaries, insurance salesmen and government bureaucrats are not known as the sort of people who are given to flights of fancy.

Moderator cut: Link to rest of story: http://www.theologyonline.com/forums...ad.php?t=42827


Link about the trail and pics of lake:

http://trinityalpsphoto.blogspot.com/2007/12/sugar-pine-lake.html


Last edited by june 7th; 10-29-2010 at 06:11 PM.. Reason: Re-formatted in order to adhere to city-data's "copyright rules"
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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A bit bland for my taste, sierrasam.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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Nothing personal but that little tale wouldn't scare a Brownie troop.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Not all ghost stories are intended to be scary. Some are vaguely romantic and some are "haunting" the way a ballad can be haunting. To be honest if there were ghosts, I don't believe in them as such, I think most of them would be basically benign or at least as benign as living people.

The closest to "scary ghost" stories I've heard of real life involve ghosts that are "territorial." Like you go into a specific room and the door locks then pots fly at you. The idea being that is "their room" and they don't want you there. However once the person left nothing happened and as I recall they weren't seriously injured.

That story aside I don't really believe in ghosts even though I don't know what caused that incident. Which granted I find that unsatisfactory as I do like things to have an explanation. Ghosts just don't fit my concept of the supernatural and also do not fit as a natural explanation. (I guess it could be "The Devil" but for a variety of reasons it is best not to invoke the Devil as a go-to explanation for anything)
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Ghosts don't exist. There are perfectly normal and natural explanations for everything that is claimed to be 'supernatural'.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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A bit bland for my taste, sierrasam.
Whatever. Most people like my story, esp the folk at work. And my time at TOL was quite an experience. As a Christian I found that place a bit scary.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Whatever. Most people like my story, esp the folk at work. And my time at TOL was quite an experience. As a Christian I found that place a bit scary.
Nothing wrong with your story, it's just that it's hard to be afraid of something I don't believe in.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I thought it was a good story.........and well told.
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Old 10-30-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Nothing wrong with your story, it's just that it's hard to be afraid of something I don't believe in.
I imagine that's true, but I think I've been scared by stories involving things I don't believe in. (UFOs, zombies, etc.) If you can get caught up in a story the premise doesn't have to be believable per-se. I think it's called "suspension of disbelief."
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Well I do have to admit that certain stories, particularly when made into movies that skillfully use suspense, and the startle effect certainly do make me jump, so much so that I'd rather not watch them.....Alfred Hitchcock was the master of this.
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