First I want to say that I was not for sure to put this as a scary stranger encounter or scary camping story. Also I have a problem writing things so if it seems a little weird sorry about it.

Over this past summer I was camping with a couple long time family friends. For safety purposes I will call them Bill and Lauren. But thru out the whole previous summer Bill, Lauren, their kids, and I went camping at their camp site. Also with us were Lauren’s twin sister Ashley and her husband Tom and their kids. We usually went there for every weekend that it was nice outside but I’m just going to talk about the day I had the scary encounter. To start from the beginning of the day we all arrived at the camp site about noon we had some fun while swimming in the pond that the camp grounds had but I couldn’t shake off the feeling that I was being watched from the distance beyond the tree lines. I ended up not trying to think too much about it at all because I was having some fun while swimming in the hot Ohio weather. If you live in Ohio or ever spent a full summer day in it you will understand on how the weather patterns can be real stupid at times but it doesn’t get as hot as it does in other states that get it real bad thou.

We all decided to get out of the water to get dried off because we were going to cook some meat on a grill before game 7 of the Cavaliers vs Warriors game came on. I happened to look near the pathway that lead to the camper that Bill, Lauren, their kids, and I were staying at and all I could see was a man just standing there looking in our general direction and when he noticed I spotted him he ran into the trees so I was initially freaked out about this but I decided not to tell Bill, Lauren, Tom, or Ashley. We ended up grilling some steak and some other cow meat. We ended up getting a lot of meat because Tom works at a factory that does a lot with putting all the meats in the packages so he ended up bringing some of it with him to cook. So we got done eating about 6:30pm and since the game didn’t start until 7pm I believe we all went to Bill and Lauren’s camper and started a bonfire. We just talked until the game came on. We listened to the game on a Tom’s phone because we didn’t have a TV with cable.

We all didn’t go to bed until a little after 11pm because we all stayed up to see who won and you all already know the cavs won sadly. We all went to bed I stayed up until about 11:30 because I like being alone for a little bit before going to bed so I watched the fire for a little bit. Before I went to bed I put out the fire so nothing really happens. I had to sleep in a tent outside because the camper that Bill and Lauren had was too small to put another person in there. So I ended up falling asleep when I got into the tent.

I woke up around 2 am because I thought I heard something and I’m a real light sleeper. After a few seconds of that weird feeling you get right as soon as you get up I realized that the fire was going again and so I sent Lauren a text asking if she was outside and happened to start the fire again or if Bill or any of the kid’s and she responded no and she thought I was still awake. I only sent her this because I saw someone standing near the fire and also the fire. When she responded back saying that her, Bill, or the kids where outside I asked for her to call 911. Lauren called 911 to get the cops to come and I didn’t really know what to do because I didn’t know if the person had a weapon or not so I decided just to try and wait until the cops showed up. Unfortunately, the person that was out their started to come near my tent and I was kind of like a sitting duck. I know what you guys think why didn’t I just run away when I had a chance to.

For one I think the person would have gotten to me before I even made it out the tent because of how loud the zipper was to it. The person decided to try and unzip the tent door so I decided to take the chance and kick the persons head when he went to get the zipper luckily it knocked the person back and the person stumbled down the hill that I put the tent on. Luckily I had a flashlight with me so I shined the light towards the person and found out that it was the man I saw from earlier that day. He charged me and luckily I took some karate classes so I defended myself to the best I could. When I went to kick the man he grabbed my foot and threw me to the ground and luckily we could hear the cop’s sirens coming. The man decided to run into the woods area.

I ended up telling the cops everything that happened and I’m not for sure if they decided to look for the man in the woods area and found him. Turns out he was just a creepy homeless man that was living near the woods. I still try and figure out why he targeted me out of all the other people that were at the camp sight. So, creepy homeless man, I just hope that we never meet again.

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