David Meets Monica (the sasquatch) in Michigan (A True Story)
This story comes from old friend David Mann:
"Did I ever tell you about Monica, the momma sasquatch who teased me west
of Mio, Michigan? I went up and camped with Jim for 4 days. Jim lived
in Mio and tied
flies for a living. He fished the big brown trout at night, and had a
closeness to Monica that I greatly admired. It was 2003 October and
getting cold. Monica pestered us and I even got video of her.
Not exciting, she looks like a stump in the background. Here is a
run-down on that river, with a nice trout:
days later, after I left, Jim went back in the evening and built a
campfire in a likely clearing, and prepared to spend the night. Across
the flames, he became sleepily aware that Monica was watching him. She
sat crosslegged. He had a camera there, but his hand would not pick it
up.. He just looked in her big brown eyes and enjoyed the experience.
She sat there a long time. Then she smoothly rose from her legs, not
using her arms at all, and faded back into the woods.
Jim got treed by a very nasty black bear a few days later in the same
area. He had forgot to bring the bear spray that I gave him. So he
climbed as fast as he could. The bear was roaring and growling and
climbing after him, but it was a large fat bear and the branches were
thick. Finally the bear heard something, went on alert, shinnied back
down the tree, and ran off eastward into the woods. A few minutes later
from that direction Jim heard loud roaring, then whining and
whimpering, then silence. Then he heard laughter. He felt that it was
Jim wanted to go there and see, but that bear had scared him so bad, and he felt so shaken, that he just went home.
in the jungle, I sure do miss trout fishin. Even more I miss the
springer fishing on Three Rivers up from Hebo which opens May 25. I
would always have 6 or 8 hatchery springers to smoke by Memorial Day. I
would always look for tracks in the grass and evidence of sasquatch
coming at night to poach a few springers in the Deadline Hole, but never
saw any evidence. Alas."