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The Yeti of Lake Iliamna, Alaska
When in Iliamna, do as the Iliamnians do. "Tim," I said incredulously, "you want me to sleep under there?" He was pointing at the console of the flying bridge of his 32-foot Bristol Bay fishing boat. It was either that or on the beach.
As far as I was concerned we were hopelessly lost in one of a myriad of convolutions of Lake Iliamna, Alaska, and I was half spooked by the solitude. We had traveled all day, and the only humans we had encountered was a couple in a kayak.
In the morning there were fresh sandy footprints on the deck. "They live," he said, "in the valley just behind us." He stopped talking. "Shhhhh! Listen!" he said. My hair stood up on my neck. I listened.
Human visitors were rare in this neck of the lake. There could be a band of yeti here, off shoots I figured of the Abominable Snow Men of Siberia that had migrated here with the mastodons when this part of Alaska was connected to Russia by a narrow strip of land.