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Camp Monsters
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Move over, Nessie- a man describes his own experience with a possible sea monster named Tahoe Tessie.
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Move over, Nessie- a man describes his own experience with a possible sea monster named Tahoe Tessie.
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The Lincoln Highway was one of the first roads for automobiles across America and part of it ran right along the lake here, right about where Highway 50 runs now. of the 19 teens, automobiles have begun to gain popularity and people were starting to rediscover and resurface old wagon roads or hack new roads out of the hillsides. Ever wonder why an old model T was built with such big wheels near the ground clearance to handle roads like the ones out here, Rocky tracks just roughed out along the very edge of the lake in its early days. In the Lincoln highway was one of those, what was dark nights, bad headlines, no guardrails. It was natural Lose a car or two from time to time over the side. If the driver was lucky, they'd swim to safety. If the shore was gradual, they might even be able to have the car winched out and repaired. But there was one place in particular where the shore was steep, the water's deep and drivers seem to have a hard time swimming. It was a little bridge they built around a big gray stone outcropping just a couple of miles south of the little town of Glenbrook. It had more than its fair share of cars going over the edge, but it wasn't to be expected of such a narrow bridge suspended roughly from a cliff on a blind corner out over the water. No, but the strange thing was how many accidents happened in broad daylight, no fog, nothing like that. Bright, sunny daylight. In fact, night seemed to be the safest time to cross the bridge. People slowed down, took their time, concentrated on the narrow road in front of them by day though, and most of the drivers who managed to swim free as their cars sensitive depths blamed distraction. Just as they were rounding the curve out onto the bridge, something in the water had caught their eye, a few of them would admit what they really thought they had seen. They didn't want to be laughed at. No one would believe them. Anyway, they couldn't believe it themselves. They say that a strange trick of the light on the water caught their attention trick of the light, so strange that had held their attention on their cars, splintered through the wooden barrier and plunged down the face of the cliff. So strange that the next car along a little used road inevitably found the soaking, shivering driver standing where the car had gone over and staring, not down toward the car, out across the peaceful blue water like they were looking for something out there, quite a trick of the light. There were so many accidents right at that spot that in 1931 it was deemed worthwhile to spend the money to carve a tunnel through the gray outcrop. The local native people the washer, and protested against this decision. They had known the rock forever and they knew it better than anyone. It was a place so powerful, so dangerous that they had a special prayer to say before they even speak about that rock. They knew stories to, of things that lived in the waters below the outcrop. They didn't like to see that rock disturbed by the 1930s were a hard time for sacred places in the american landscape. A lot of people were out of work. Any kind of building project that created jobs sounded like a good idea to them. The tunnel was built followed by a second Tunnel in the 1950s, and once the road was routed away from the edge of the water, the accident ceased. The stories persisted. There's more and more people took to the water and boats in the boom years after World War Two, there were more and more sightings of something strange in the water. Near that pale grey outcrop, most of them were distant. Momentary, like the steamer settings. Just a quick glimpse of a long, dark thing in the water. It must have been an old log, except it wasn't moving too quickly. And what did it disappear to? Very occasionally? Someone has an experience that isn't so distant. Not long ago, a young woman named Sally was out on the lake with you hear that? It was a big one, a big splash. I mean, is the window open just behind you? I think it came from out there. Of course, now it won't happen again. No, just the sound of the little waves That was big, whatever it was. 5th jumping, of course. I once saw a little fish jump clear over the gunnel of our boat into my grandfather's lap. I always wondered what had scared the poor little fish enough for it to do that. Mhm.
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