This story takes place up in Panguitch lake, up far in the woods where my dad and I have our own family cabin. A little background, originally i’m from Vegas and around the time during the spring break of 2014 we went up to our family cabin for a fishing trip. It was for the whole weekend, so my dad said I could invite a friend, so I decided to invite my good friend Hunter. It was an early Monday morning when we set out to leave for the cabin. In all it was about a 7 hour drive to the cabin, I slept for most of the car ride there.

By the time we reached the cabin nightfall struck. Hunter and I got out of the car and, grabbed our bags to take inside. We were so tired that we just dropped our bags and crashed on the couch. My dad of course took his bags into the first room of the cabin and slept on the bed. The next morning, Hunter woke me up and asked me to go explore the woods with him since he had never been here before, and he loved exploring. So being annoying as he was I finally said “OK”

We started our journey into the woods, as we quietly stepped out the cabin door. The door creaked, and I was hoping not to wake my dad up. So we set off, and started walking through the woods. The whole cabin was surrounded by trees, the treeline began about 5 meters away from the cabin. As we were walking we were about 20 minutes down the treeline when Hunter said “Dude I gotta pee give me a sec”, “I said really! Right now?!” As things were starting to get kind of sketchy as the forest seemed silent. “OK! Make it fast!” I replied. Hunter went off behind a tree and as he did that I started to whistle one of my favorite tunes. Then all of a sudden I heard a twig snap directly in front of me where I was facing. At first I was really confused wondering what it could be, I didn’t really think much of it, just thinking it could have been some kind of animal or the twig fell off the tree.

I turned around facing directly towards Hunter who just got back from doing his business. “So wanna head back?” he said. “Sure” I replied. As we started walking, I heard it again. “Snap!!” This time I heard a growling noise coming from directly in front of us. I knew this wasn’t any normal wildlife animal, this was something different. Imagine a cat and a dog in a fight mixed with an eerie screeching noise. Then that’s when it revealed itself. It was on all floors, and it was pale and skinny down to the bone and flesh, with scrawny arms, and really thin legs. It reminded me of something you see in video game, or a children’s horror book. I was in shock I couldn’t move, as it let out that horrible screeching noise again. Hunter turned to me and grabbed me by the arm and said “Run!!” I snapped out of it and we ran as fast as we could back to the cabin. I could hear it still behind us. “Don’t look back!” I said, and we kept running, I felt like my lungs were going to give out, but somehow I managed to force myself to keep running.

We got back to the cabin and I slammed the door and locked it as fast as I could. Hunter and I were both in tears, for this was the most intense and scariest experience we just experienced. Hunter glanced over at me and asked “Do you see it?” there was a stutter in his voice. I looked out the window, and nothing. No sign of anything everything seemed normal. We just sat on the couch, and I looked at Hunter and said “We can’t tell anybody about this, nobody is gonna believe us it’s better if we just don’t.” “OK” Hunter said. “But what the hell was that thing?” “I have no idea” I replied. The rest of the trip every night getting back from fishing we locked the doors, and closed the blinds, and even one night we heard tapping at the window but we remained still, and just closed our eyes. I have no idea what that thing was we saw that day. I’m just glad that Hunter grabbed me, because I felt as if I was in a trans. I did research as soon as I got home and the closest thing I could find to that creature is the wendigo. My question is, what would it have done if it caught up to us? I hope that I never find out.

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