Los Angeles County,
Angeles National Forest
May 12, 2003
I have always hoped that animals such as a Sasquatch, Yeti, and the Loch
Ness Monster exist. As a child, I always dreamed that I would see one,
especially Nessie. However, as I grew to adulthood, I began to scoff more
and more at sightings, never quite disbelieving, but quietly thinking
that most who spot unknown animals are hardly close to credible.
I can think that no longer, as I too have become one of the growing list
of people that have seen a "bigfoot."
I had set out for a solo hike in the Angeles National Forest. I arrived
a little later than I would have liked around 9:00 AM and I wasn't sure
exactly where the trailhead for Mount Waterman started. I was driving
around, when I decided to check if Buckhorn Campground was deserted. There
was one car parked in the back, and it looked as if the people who had
came in the car were off hiking, so I made a note to myself that at this
time of year during the week, the campsite is pretty much empty. I like
them this way.
As I turned my car around and was heading out of the campground, I saw
something out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look for only a portion
of a second, and I clearly spotted a dark humanoid figure less than 30
yards away from me. I stopped my truck, and turned to look, and all I
could see was the gentle moving of the bush in the area the creature was
My encounter lasted only for a second. I didn't get out to look for it,
nor explore where it had been standing. My only thought was to leave it
alone, so that it would also leave me alone. I didn't think I would ever
tell anyone about this, but the more I think back and reflect upon it,
I know that I have to.
As I began my hike, I hoped that my visitor would return and let me catch
another glimpse, but that was not to be.
Allen (last name withheld.)
Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
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