Del Norte’s First Pioneer Woman

Born Ann Kelley, in Ireland in 1819, she immigrated to Boston, where she met her future husband, John McLaughlin. He was a sailor, whose home port was New Orleans, where his parents died of a yellow fever epidemic.

While living in New Orleans, the McLaughlin’s became friends with a family named Cadahi, who lived nearby in the Irish distinct of the town. When gold was found in California in 1848, both families set out for the fields.

By this time Ann and John had two sons, John Jr., and Cornelius.  They travelled by ship to Panama, then by mule across the Isthmus from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

They then secured passage from Panama to San Francisco and up the Sacramento River. Once they’d gone as far as the boat could carry them, they set out with a pack train to Scotts Bar on the Klamath River, which was in Del Norte County at the time.

Ann was the first white woman to come the area and the miners pitched in and built her a cabin for the family. By all accounts the McLaughlin’s were successful in their endeavors, remaining in the area for 18-years.

Eventually John travelled over the Kelsey Trail by way of Happy Camp and Big Flat to Crescent City to attain his citizenship papers. Once the mining played out, the family, having added another boy named Thomas, returned to San Francisco.

There, John operated a pig farm in what’s now the heart of the city, while Ann began a small laundry service. Four-years after settling in San Francisco, Peter Darby contacted John.

At the time, Darby owned the Reservation Ranch in Smith River. He wanted the McLaughlin’s to run it for him, giving them the option to buy it if they like the place once there.

The McLaughlin’s arrived jus’ in time for 1870s floods, which damaged several homesteads along the Smith River. This discouraged them from purchasing the property.

Instead, with another son and four daughters added to the family, and Ann expecting yet another child, they looked for other land to purchase, something that would not be destroyed by flooding. In 1874, they located and settled on a ranch in the Lake Earl district.

Ann, who could neither read or write, instead signing her name with an ‘X’, lived to be nearly 100-years old. She’s buried in the McLaughlin Family Plot of the Catholic Cemetery, in Crescent City, California.

The Body of Trayvon

Over the past ten days I’ve been struggling with Facebook and the fact that they seem intent on shutting up those of us who have been telling those rioting in the streets to go home, George Zimmerman has been acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and that is the end of this so-called ‘battle over race.’ I started out with a simple comment, “Zimmerman found not guilty,”  but within a couple of hours, my post was taken down.

So I upped the ante, I posted pictures, published in the ‘Washington Post,’ of Trayvon smoking and looking like a gangster. Those too, were pulled down by Facebook.

Next, I posted a video that was sent to me by a friend in California, that talked about the background of Trayvon’s purchase of “Skittles and ice tea.” It explained how the combination when added to another ingredient or two, produced a chemical high that kid’s are currently experiencing.

It too disappeared from my FB page.

Martin had Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail drink the night he died. These are ingredients that, when mixed with dextromethorphan (DXM) cough syrup, create “Lean”, a concocted high which can cause psychosis and aggression over the longer term.

Furthermore, an autopsy report on Martin’s liver showed damage consistent with DXM abuse.

Then a friend of mine in New York sent me a side-by-side picture of Trayvon when he was about 12-years-old and a rapper known as “Game.” I posted it, only to have it removed within 15 minutes. Now, I’m getting down and dirty.

This is an actual crime-scene photograph of Trayvon Martin’s lifeless body.

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Go ahead — ask me to take it down and I’ll tell you to kiss my ass.

Eagle Canyon Flyer, 22 July 2013

Two rival motorcycle gang members are facing charges in court, Monday, nearly two years after a fight at John Ascuaga’s in Sparks. Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez is charged with the murder of Hell’s Angels San Jose Chapter President Jeffrey Pettigrew.  Rival Hell’s Angel Cesar Villagrana is charged with attempted murder after shooting a Vagos member in the leg.

A thousand dollar reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted for battery with a deadly weapon and the shooting of a man, Saturday morning. Sparks Police say the victim and his friends were approached by several people in a car who shot at the victim multiple times. Secret Witness: 322-4900.

A missing Oregon woman has been spotted in Reno. Jessica Chastain dropped her daughter at a friends home in Klamath Falls a week ago and never returned. Chastain is traveling with a man named Billie Rose. She and Rose were seen Saturday at the Chevron on Eleventh. The couple is driving a white Volvo with Oregon license plates. Call Secret Witness at 322-4900 if you see her.

A local man is missing and his family is asking for your help to find him.  Stephen Metzner suffers from dementia and other health problems. He wandered off Friday morning from Klamath Court in the Highland Ranch area of Sun Valley. Call Secret Witness at 322-4900 if you see him.

A motorcycle versus a vehicle accident slowed traffic on Sand Harbor at State Route 28 Sunday. Two people were taken to a Reno hospital; the extent of their injuries is unclear. No names have been released and the crash is under investigation.

The Carson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man who threatened to shoot two people at Olive Garden Sunday night. Deputies say, David Lane started complaining about the food and after asking for the manger, eventually pulling a gun on him and the chef. Witnesses got his license plate number as he drove off.

Fire crews put out a blaze following an explosion Sunday evening, at the PSC hazardous materials disposal facility in Fernley. Lyon County officials say the company has its own crews at the scene cleaning up the mess, and there is no threat to the public. No one was hurt and the incident remains under investigation.

Fire officials are trying to figure out what caused a playground to catch fire, Friday evening in the Wingfield Springs area. Authorities say the blaze at Del Cobre Park destroyed much of the playground equipment. No injuries were reported. If you have info, call Secret Witness: 322-4900.

A bank robber from Carson City known as the “Fedora Bandit” was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison on three counts of armed robbery. In each of his seven robberies, David Osborne wore a hat, sunglasses, a fake mustache and goatee, and demanded money while brandishing a firearm. Osborne is also required to pay restitution.

A planned subdivision in Washoe Valley is meeting some backlash. Residents say it will create too much traffic and have an environmental impact on the area. Washoe County Commissioners approved the plan in May. A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning at the Commission Chambers on East Ninth beginning at ten.

The Regional Transportation Commission begins road work on Red Rock Road, Tuesday. The RTC says they’re redoing the pavement between Adobe and Argosy Road, north or Reno. One lane will be open and traffic will be directed by pilot car, but you should expect a 20 to 30 minute delay.

Harrah’s Casino in Reno is hosting an on-site job fair, Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They plan to hire blackjack dealers, security officers, facilities managers and engineers, table games supervisors, slot technicians, box office agent, stage technicians and dancers. Free training is offered, if hired.

Punishing the Many

South Carolina’s Progressive Republican Lindsey ‘Goober’ Graham is suggesting the U.S boycott the Winter Olympics in the former Soviet Union, if the Russians grant asylum to NAS whistleblower Edward Snowden.  Graham says he knows “athletes would be heartbroken” but claims the move would put pressure on President Vladimir Putin.

Typical Progressivism — punish the ‘many’ because of the ‘few.’

“If you could go back in time, would you have allowed Adolf Hitler to host the Olympics in Germany?” Graham asked rhetorically. “To have the propaganda coup of inviting the world into Nazi Germany and putting on a false front?”

Hey, dumb shit – the Nazi’s did host the Summer Olympics in 1936 , besides Putin couldn’t give a damn about whether we take part or not.

The Genteel Rachel Jeantel

She’s the newest sensation in the same-stream media, Rachel Jeantel. She is Trayvon Martin’s friend and was exploited interviewed by that dashing Brit host Pierce Morgan on CNN.

I’ve edited the report tête-à-tête into what I believe to be the more entertaining informative parts.

Rachel Jeantel on ‘People in Law or Security Enforcement…’

MORGAN: Let’s talk about creepy ass cracker. People have said that that is a phrase used by black people, cracker, to describe a white person. Is that true?

JEANTEL: No. Like I said —

MORGAN: How do you spell it, first of all?

JEANTEL: Cracker. Well —

MORGAN: There’s no E-R, right? It’s —

JEANTEL: No. It’s A at the end.

MORGAN: C-R-A-C-K-A?

JEANTEL: Yes, and that’s a person who act like they are police, who like (unintelligible), who acting like, that’s what I said to them. Trayvon said creepy ass cracka.

MORGAN: It means he thought it was a policeman or a security guy.

JEANTEL: Yes. Who’s acting like a policeman and then he keeps telling me that the man still watch him. So if it was a security guard or a policeman, they would come up to Trayvon and say, do you have — do you need — do you have a problem, do you need help? You know, like normal people.

Rachel Jeantel on the word, ‘Male…”

JEANTEL: People — the whole world say it’s a racist word. Mind you — mind you, around 2000, that was not. They changed it around, I think. It started spelling it n-i-g-g-a. Nigga.

MORGAN: What does that mean to you, that — that way of spelling it? What does that word mean to you?

JEANTEL: That means a male.

MORGAN: A black male?

JEANTEL: No, any kind of male.

MORGAN: Black or white?

JEANTEL: Any kind — Chinese could say Nigga. That’s my Chino Nigga. They could say that.

Rachel Jeantel on ‘Homosexuals and Pedophiles…’

JEANTEL: Yes. Definitely after I say may be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, every — who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out? So you have to take it — as a parent, when you tell your child, when you see a grown person following you, run away, and all that.

Would you go stand there? You going to tell your child stand there? If you tell your child stand there, we’re going to see your child on the news for missing person.

And people need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracker going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go get — mind you, his little brother was there. You know — now, mind you, I told you — I told Trayvon it might have been a rapist.

Parents need to stop acting dumb. If you’re going to tell your child, oh, a stranger, oh, you tell your child one thing — run away, trying to find somebody, that’s not what Trayvon was doing?

So why — so why the jury — they’re all parents — well, some of them are parents. And they’ve been telling their — their child that. Now, you’re going to tell me you’re going to tell your child to stand there? No.

So in the end, the same-stream media’s template that this story is about ‘race,’ has been wrong from the outset.

Rioting about the All the Wrong Things

While some protest, riot and decry injustice and out rage over the Zimmerman verdict, the Treasury Department is admitting the confidential tax information of  political candidates and campaign donors are being improperly scrutinized by government officials. However, the Justice Department is declining to prosecute any of the instances of potential wrongdoing.

Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George, told Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley investigators are looking into two allegations the IRS “targeted for audit candidates for public office.” George also told Grassley that government officials have taken part in at least four “unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates,” since 2006.

Grassley has given DOJ Head, Eric Holder until July 26th to answer his questions. Holder has yet to respond.

This is no longer about politics, but rather about civil liberties. The more Progressives do this and get away with it — the more embolden they’ll be to continue stepping on our rights.

Reidus Interuptus

Senator Harry Reid was answering questions at the Center for American Progress on Monday when a man identified himself as a student at the University of Southern California.  Turns out Reid’s not a fan of the Trojans.

As the guy was asking the Senate Leader a question, Reid interrupted him, saying, “I hope you have a better football team than last year, that was a disaster.”

The country is going to Hell in a Progressive hand basket — and “USA Today” thinks this is news worth reporting. No wonder this nation is full of so-called low information voters.

Someone ought to put a ‘trojan’ over Reid’s head, protecting us from his brand of social disease.

Reid on Zimmerman

Senator Harry Reid says the Justice Department should review George Zimmerman’s case following his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  But not once did he ever call for calm from protesters and rioters.

“This isn’t over with and I think that’s good,” he said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’

Whadda ass-hat.

Connecting Monica and April to a Murderer

Back in 1988 I started studying criminal profiling as I looked to pursue a career as a true crime writer. One of the cases I delved into was that of seven-year-old Monica DaSilva, who disappeared from her bedroom in October 1990.

Initially, Reno police believed that the parents did something to her. Three weeks later, Monica skull, ribs and collarbone were found in Lagomarsino Canyon at the Lockwood Dump, east of Reno, in Storey County in October 1990.

I had other idea’s about who killed Monica.

According to my findings, she was kidnapped and murdered by a white male, about 30, who had been escalating into becoming a serial murderer for at least eight years prior to Monica. I also believed he lived in the Reno/Sparks area and had knowledge of the homes lay out, because he did not enter through the window as detectives suspected.

Instead, he moved through the house undetected — showing he had a strong sense of his skill-set. For RPD, this was one of the first times they’d ever dealt with anyone with a stalker, kidnapping, murdering pedophile.

There are other things about this murderer that I’ve come to believe over the years as well. He is moderately educated: a high school graduate — but with an above average IQ.

My findings showed that Monica’s murderer also worked at jobs that he believed he was above, but these same jobs place him in or near his victims or the victim’s homes. He is also comfortable with the dark and blends in well with his environment in both the day and the night.

Now a 61-year-old Missouri man, arrested in the killing of a girl in North Las Vegas decades ago is being looked at for the kidnapping and murder of Monica. Jasper Everett Goddard, a registered sex offender was arrested on a felony warrant from the state of Nevada in the 1986 death of April Marie Rhodes.

The police report says in 1986, Goddard lived in a Statz Street apartment two doors away from where April lived. The little girl went to a drive-in movie with her mother, Katherine, and 11-year-old brother, Thomas, on November 23, 1986.

They came home from the movie and the children went to bed. Police later found April is an isolated storage room in the same complex, where she had been raped and beaten to death.

Goddard is linked to April’s death through DNA evidence left at the scene.

At the time of their abductions, both April and Monica were seven years old. They were both sleeping near windows in rooms with their brothers, who were left unharmed.

Goddard was also convicted on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse of an 8-year-old girl in 1989 in Springfield, Missouri.

Daisy Marilyn Wildgrube, 1935-2013

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Daisy Marilyn (Smith) Wildgrube died May 25, 2013.  She was my Uncle, Adam Smith’s, sister.

Daisy was born on December 11, 1935 in Fortuna, the youngest of seven children of Harry and Iva Smith from the Dyerville area. Daisy was laid at the Fortuna Sunrise Cemetery.

She went to elementary school in Rohnerville and graduated from Fortuna High School in 1954, marrying Luke Wildgrube a year later. Daisy spent many years working for ‘Twin Harbors Lumber Mill’ pulling green chain and running the stacker, and her last years in the office as the secretary.

Daisy spent many years putting lunches together for the ‘Six Rivers National Forest Service’ during fire season; and looking for a new recipe. After her job ended at the mill after it closed, she was the head cook at the ‘Dinsmore Lodge Recovery Center’ when it opened back in the early 80’s.

Mid 80’s Daisy was co-owner/partners with Linda Elliott and Judy Allen of the ‘Dinsmore Cafe’ until it became a hardware store. Daisy retired after all that working and enjoyed traveling with her husband.

Daisy is survived by her children Neil and Kathy of Rio Dell; grandson Travis Wildgrube, Fortuna; Nadine Hartman, Fortuna; grandson Luke Hartman, Fortuna; granddaughter Lisa and Mike Williamson of Arlington, WA; and Marilyn D. Wildgrube, Rio Dell, her brother Ozzie Smith, his wife Joann, Fortuna; sister-in-law Barbara Smith and brother-in-law Albert Mendes.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Iva Smith; siblings Ed Smith, William Smith, Nancy McCullough, Emma Mendes, Adam Smith and husband, Luke Wildgrube.

Doubting You

“Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth,” writes Richard Whately.

Often times, I feel exactly this way as I sit down to write a message to you. It’s not that I doubt what I write; rather, it’s that I doubt you agree with what you read.

Time and again I’m inspired by something I read, saw or heard and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on the subject. But after sharing them with you, my words seem to fade into nothingness – forgotten, ignored or missed.

As one friend put it on Facebook, after I posted a You-Tube video of a young man being treated as a criminal during a sobriety check point stop: “What rights are being taken away from assholes who drive even slightly impaired. Shame on you, when so many people from our area are killed or impaired because of drunk/ impaired driving!”

She missed the point and felt obliged to respond: “The driver wasn’t asked if he had been drinking. So by not following what the intent is of a ‘sobriety check,’ the officer violated his own standard of action. Furthermore, the driver in this case was neither drunk driving or violating any laws.”

My question is this — if you’ve done nothing wrong, why are you allowing yourself to be treated as criminal? That’s why I doubt you.

Falling Away of the First

There are two headlines showing an attack on our religious freedom is underway. This isn’t about any one faith, rather  it’s about our civil liberty.

• “TSA Allowing Muslim Passengers to Carry Prayer Beads and Whisper Prayers on Flights.”

• “College Employee Asks Student to Remove Cross Necklace at Sonoma State University.”

They have this in common: How faith is to be or not to be expressed. And both instances violates our U.S. Constitution.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” reads the First Amendment.

Simply stated — no one can tell you or me how to express our faith and get away with it legally, unless we refuse to do anything about it. Remember, what violates your neighbor’s rights, violates yours and it violates mine.

Your ‘Police State’ is Knocking

Henderson, Nevada police arrested a family for refusing to let them use their home during an investigation into their neighbors in 2011. Now, Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell are suing the Henderson, its Police Chief, six of its officers and North Las Vegas and its Police Chief in Federal Court.

Although plaintiff Anthony Mitchell was lying motionless on the ground and posed no threat, officers, including Officer David Cawthorn, then fired multiple ‘pepperball’ rounds at plaintiff as he lay defenseless on the floor of his living room,” reads the complaint. “Anthony Mitchell was struck at least three times by shots fired from close range, injuring him and causing him severe pain.”

Officers then arrested him for obstructing a police officer, searched the house and moved furniture without his permission and set up a place in his home for a lookout. The family’s claim includes the ‘Third Amendment’ violation: “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

This is what the ‘police state’ looks like — and if you don’t start protecting your civil rights, now — it’ll only get worse.

Klamath’s Eight Bear Statues

The bear statues at each end of the Klamath River Bridge on U.S. 101 in Del Norte County were cast to replace the original ones that formerly stood at the ends of the G. H. Douglas Memorial Bridge, which washed out during the December 1964 flood. These statues represent the grizzly bear, California’s official state animal.

The contract specification for the replacement bear statues called for them to be exact  replicas of the statues once on the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. Each eight-ton bear was cast by the Maurice Lafayette Company of San Francisco in 1965.

While the four bear statues currently welcome visitors to Del Norte County, the original bears from the Douglas still exist. Two continue to stand guard on what remains of the old Douglas Memorial Bridge on the south bank of the Klamath River, while the other two are at the south end of the new Klamath town site.

The statues, at one point, even served as the inspiration for Klamath’s Margaret Keating School’s ‘Golden Bears’ mascot.

Seventy-two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation

BOSTON — National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19 by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices.

The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily armed extremists who had been tipped off about the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in Lexington’s town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. The local citizenry blamed government forces and not the extremists for the civilian deaths.

Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

A number of extremists remain at large.

This is how the American Revolution began on  April 20th, 1775. 

A friend sent this to me and he doesn’t know who wrote it — but  it’s a great lesson.  Remember — if you don’t know your history, you’re doomed to repeat it.

Happy 237th Independence Day, America!

The Cost of Friends

Spike Milligan is quoted as saying, “Money can’t buy you friends, but you do get a better class of enemy.”

This was before cyberspace, hard drives and Facebook. We now know it costs $630,000 – at least that’s what the U.S. Inspector General claims.

That’s what the U.S. Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) spent on two Facebook campaigns to increase its followers. The campaigns must have been successful as the IIP picked up 2 million new followers for each page — up from 100,000.

At last check, the actual number of likes for their page is somewhere between 70 and 75.  Most of those people who ‘like’ the IIP have names I can’t even pronounce.

That’s taxpayer money well spent.

Six Mile Canyon and “Big Jack” Davis

The best way I can describe how it felt was like a heavy, wet, statically charged blanket rushing over, falling on, in and through me. At the time it not only frightened me, it left me instantly sick to my stomach and depressed.

After searching the Internet and asking a few locals about what they knew about Six-Mile Canyon’s history, I’ve heard only one story that fits in with what happened to me. That’s about Andrew Jackson “Big Jack” Davis, who owned a stable in Gold Hill, where business was good – but where being a bandit was better.

Captured after holding up a train near Verdi and jailed for five-years, he gained his released early because he didn’t participate in an escape from the Nevada State Prison, where 29 inmates busted out. That breakout remains the largest in Western history.

Shortly before being killed during a stage hold-up, “Big Jack” is said to have buried several thousand dollars in gold coins in Six-Mile Canyon.  As the website ‘Legends of America’ writes, “… legends abounds that the treasure is protected by the ghost of Jack Davis who appears as a…screaming phantom to scare the hunters away.”

Then there’s this from the magazine ‘Cowboys and Indians,’ August 2012 issue: “Among the legends chronicled…is that of Big Jack Davis…Shot in the back while robbing a stagecoach, Davis still protects his earthly treasures as the ‘Bandit Ghoul of Six Mile Canyon.’”  This story appears in ‘Haunted Old West: Phantom Cowboys, Spirit-Filled Saloons, Mystical Mine Camps, and Spectral Indians,’ by Matthew P. Mayo.

So go ahead – laugh, chalk it up to aliens, hysteria or sun-stroke – others are. Besides, I’m starting to find some humor in it myself.

A Monster in Six-Mile Canyon

Let’s be done with it. I’ve been trying to think of how to say this and not sound like I’m completely off my rocker, but I think I was attacked by a Spirit in Six-Mile Canyon near Virginia City.

After parking my truck, I walked in further, following an animal trail. My intent was to snap a few photographs of the rugged terrain as the sun began to disappear.

The first time I realized I wasn’t alone was when I saw a shadow move over my head. I saw it out of the corner of my left eye and turned to my right to watch it fade behind a grouping of rocks.

My first thought was that I was simply imagining things; my second thought was perhaps a mountain lion. So, I stood there for a couple of minutes to see if the big cat would reappear.

It didn’t, instead I heard the clattering of stone behind me. I turned to where I thought the noise had come – and was met instead by a large, black mass that overwhelmed me.

It struck so quickly, that I had no time to react to it. Instead, I fell backwards and down the small pile of tailings I’d been standing on.

Contact with this mass left me feeling sick to my stomach, sad and very afraid. I didn’t wait for it to come back – I simply got to my feet and took off running back down the trail I’d jus’ come from.

By this time my panic was overwhelming me and I was fumbling with my keys. I could also hear whatever it was behind me – not only did it sound like it was running after me, it also make a shrieking like I’ve never heard.

Once in my truck, I fired the engine up and backed out of the area as far as I could; only turning around when I thought it was safe. I was very happy when my truck-tires found the surface of State Route 341’s asphalt.

Only when I got home and started downloading my pictures to my computer, did it come to me that I had taken jus’ one picture while in the canyon. That was of a bunch of obsidian shards, left I supposed by Indians years ago.

Maybe I dragged something along with me from the Virginia City Cemetery, which I had jus’ finished photographing. While I’m still not sure what happened to me, I do know this– I won’t be returning anytime soon.