Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Scaring Myself Silly After "The Blair Witch Project"

The Blair Witch Project is a movie you either love or hate, and the hate is out there for it. I know this, but I don't care. It was special for me since I went to college in that area. I new every ghost legend in Burkittsville and I'd never heard of the Blair Witch. I immediately knew it wasn't real. Still, the movie scared the piss out of me. I saw it when my husband was away on a business trip so I was alone in the house. After the movie I went for a walk in Dogtown near my home. That's an old, five mile deserted former Colonial settlement stuck in the middle of the woods. If you've seen Blair Witch, you can guess where my story is going.

I was fine until I was on my way out of the woods. Some kind of animal shrieked high up in the trees and I couldn't pinpoint exactly where it was coming from. I only knew it was following me and getting closer. It was also getting dark and I was terrified. I high-tailed it out of the woods, nearly taking the wrong hiking path farther into rocky terrain. When I finally reached familiar territory I felt relieved, especially since that high-pitched shrieking stopped moving. I was on my way out of the woods but that shriek kept back. Every time I walk in Dogtown I think about that high-pitched shrieking and I wonder what it was. It wasn't an owl. I've heard owls before. I had no idea what it was.

Years later, I think I discovered what I heard. It may have been a fisher cat. This is what a fisher cat sounds like:

Imagine that following you in the middle of the woods when it's getting dark outside and you're completely alone. I hear fisher cats are nasty, mean creatures, too. I'm glad I didn't run into it.


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  1. It sure does sound like a fisher cat. Living as I do in the northernmost part of NH, I have heard lots of interesting night noises! My husband and I experienced an interesting encounter one rainy June day as we were hiking in Kelsea Notch. It was warm, but drizzling and the light was pretty dim. Suddenly a large hare came loping along the trail straight towards us. He stopped, looked at us, and then hopped into the bushes to his left, circling around us to our right and crossing the trail behind us. He was not moving very fast. We think he was exhausted. A few seconds after the hare disappeared, another animal came bounding slowly down the path. It stopped and stood on its haunches to take a good look at us. It was brown, with a long, weasel-like or mink-like body, but much larger than a mink. Its fur was stipples with rain, and it had small, intelligent eyes and small ears nearly flat to its head. It paused only a second, and then bounded off the trail to its left, circling around us just as the hare had. We think it was hunting the hare, but not in a hurry-- it was only going to be a matter of time before it caught up with its prey.

  2. Wow, thanks for a cool story. It does sound like a weasel. I saw one in Bearskin Neck in Rockport a few years back. It was getting dark out, and it followed me down the street. It moved rather fast. Big thing, too. I thought someone's ferret got out, but it was bigger than a ferret. When it started walking towards me, I just turned away and headed down the street. It didn't try to catch up. Good!

    Last night my husband, son, and I heard a screech owl outside our window. That owl hasn't been around for awhile. I hear it quite often, but not during the last part of summer. It sounds like such a sad thing. ;)