The Monster In the Woods

This Story is in every way true.

One day as my family and I were heading up into the Colorado mountains for a fun Sunday trip, we stopped at a small inlet called Sleepy Hallow. My parents decided it would be fun to stop and have a picnic.

My nine siblings and I agreed to play a game of hide and seek up in the trees on the hills above the picnic tables and cars. My sister and I had stayed back while our siblings had gone up into the woods, as soon as we decided we were ready to head up we went the wrong direction.

Always Uneasy When I Visit

I was born 22 years ago in a small Colorado town an hour’s drive from both Farmington and Durango, just below Mesa Verde and a few miles from Ute Mountain. This was where I spent the first five years of my life before moving to Oklahoma. We still go back every year around summer for about a week or so to see family.

Now, the town being where it was, there was a heavy Native American population there and a reservation about ten miles away. Mostly Ute but a fair amount of Navajo as well. The culture was and still is very entwined into the town’s architecture and local art.

Haunted New Mexico

This story is about an experience I had during a road trip that I and my boyfriend, Max, at the time took this past summer. Some background about us, we were both 20 years old at the time, and Max has always been a skeptic when it comes to anything concerning the paranormal.

That being said, we took this road trip to New Mexico for the annual UFO convention (I’m a dork, I know.) Us being broke college kids, we stayed with my great aunt and uncle during our stay as we couldn’t afford a hotel. My aunt and uncle live in a typical New Mexico style house, which is only one story but with a large layout. My uncle is a doctor and travels quite frequently. Because of that, their house is full of different trinkets, from handmade dolls, woven bowls, and art from Peru or Brazil to tapestries and masks from Africa. Yeah, you know where this is going.

Some Tour Guides Aren’t Great

It was the summer of 2016 and we were just heading to Cancun,Mexico for a week. Now it may seem like a dream,we had found a decent resort and since our family loves the water we decided to do a 3 hour boating/snorkeling trip. Exciting right? After at least three days my family booked a trip. We were all excited. We didn’t own any snorkeling gear because we knew they would provide it for us. The minute we stepped on that boat I noticed that we were all alone. No one else was on the boat. Only two men,one was always driving the boat and the other was going to help us with the gear and point out where we should go.

Let me ask a question,should the gear be dirty,sticky and looks like gunk is all over it? No. It should not. The snorkel masks they gave us were sticky and did not seem to be in great condition. It was gross! When they handed out life jackets I was immediately grossed out. The jacket had a hole in it and inside were lumps of sea weed and trash. I grabbed a new one and almost wanted to vomit after seeing that. Then the flippers. Some of them were broken,others hadn’t been clean. Then the snorkel tubes had junk in it! I soon had to pull it out and dunk it in the water. Soon after we jumped in,I was weary of the gear and the fact the boat left us. The man had a deep gruff voice and said “Let’s go before the time is up and our fun is ruined.” This set me off. It wasn’t said in a nice way or a friendly way.

What I see

When I was young, and I still do see, a man, kind of elderly, I would talk to him almost everyday coming from school, he was a very kind elderly man, he told me he was from Mexico, as he spoke very little English, he spoke to me in Spanish at times, as I knew Spanish as a young Hispanic girl, he also told me he participated in the Mexican Navy, I was always interested in his stories, he was my childhood hero, when I described him to my mother, she looked sad.

One day when I was 9 or 10, my grandmother showed me a picture of my grandfather, it was the man I talked to as a young girl.

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