posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 09:50 PM
I've lurked here a long time, and been a mostly non-contributing member here, and in society as a whole, for a while now (some of you people are a
bit, well, scary), but I've decided to talk about the topic that initially drew me to this fine website.
*disclaimer: this happened in 1976, almost 30 years ago. I was very young, around 5 years old at the time. Therefore, my recollection of this is
not as clear as it could be. But, I believed then, and still do today, that I saw Ogopogo.
I grew up in Vernon, a town on the northern end of Okanagan Lake, in an area known as Okanagan Landing. Our house was right on the lakeshore, and we
had a long dock for a boat. Fishing off the end of the dock for 'sucker' fish (I don't know what they were, they just looked like they were
sucking), was one of my favourite things to do back then. One morning, I gathered up my pepperoni sticks for bait (no wonder I didn't catch much),
grabbed my rod and bucket and headed outside. I remember it was raining, not hard, just drizzling and it was gray and on the cold side, early fall.
I went down to the end of the dock, and started fishing. Well, sort of. I never caught anything, probably due to my choice of bait. After about an
hour, my dad called me for breakfast. I ignored him as usual, and he came out to the dock to get me. When he came up behind me, he said my name.
When I turned around, he whispered 'look out on the lake'. I turned around, and swimming across the lake was a big dark bluey-grey snake thing,
with 'humps' sticking out of the water. We both just stood there silently (a particular struggle for me at that age) and watched until it swam out
of sight. The things I remember clearest are the colour (dark blue grey), the way s/he moved through the water, like a snake only up and down, not
side to side, and the fact that it was really frickin big.
So that's my story, for the most part. I've asked my father for his version of events, aware that kids have a very active imagination at that age,
but he insists that it happened the way I remember it.