Stranger Things: Outdoor Sports Edition

Mark The Shark

Mark The Shark

A recent article about a fisherman who reeled in a brick kilo of cocaine got me to thinking. It was such an interesting story that it reminded me of the many others outdoor adventurers tell. The world is a strange place, and people who explore it find strange things. 10 to 1 you know someone, probably an bombastic uncle or a sage grandfather, who can regale you for hours with accounts of weird fishing finds and odd hunting discoveries. You might even have your own stories of strangeness to tell. The internet is no place of shortages for such tales of intrigue.



In the backwoods, sometimes reality can take a sharp right turn into the twilight zone. Sometimes when you step into the forest it is like you are stepping into another time or another dimension. Search the net and you will find people telling so-called true stories of finding things like 1930s automobiles way out in remote locations where no vehicle could possibly travel. Other hunters describe coming across abandoned wells and old unexploded ordinances and functioning moonshine stills. There are lighthearted stories of hunters accidentally finding amorous couples in the woods. However, some of the more creepy stories revolve around discovering downed private aircraft with the pilot still in it or other horrific scenes of accidental death.



As strange and as mysterious as forests can be, water, in its many forms from lakes and rivers to the oceans, is much more enigmatic. Some of the things that come out of the water on the end of a fisherman’s line can only be described as unbelievable. There is a reason why people joke about fisherman and the stories they tell. These stories go way back to the days of the seafaring trades when sailors told anecdotes of mermaids and Krakens and other unexplainable creatures. Searching the web, you can find stories of strangeness like the time when some anglers caught a shark that coughed up a human arm which turned out to be the victim of a homicide. There was also the one about two fishermen who reeled in the skull of a friend of theirs, or the one where a different fisherman finds a different kilo of coke, but this time he decides to partake in the stuff and goes crazy and almost sinks his own boat.



As we have meticulously documented in one of our previous posts, kayakers can sometimes lead some pretty crazy lives. Whales for some reason love to jump on top of kayakers in the middle of the ocean. And, just in general, paddlers are a wild and adventurous bunch. In one entertaining tale of adventure, a group of young kayakers, on a tributary of the Ohio River, found a 110-year-old shipwreck that was still structurally sound enough for them to explore. Neat stuff.


Scuba diving

Ask any diver and he or she will tell you that the underwater world is a completely different place in the world topside. Sometimes, and in many dives, things go rather routinely if not boringly. But there are those certain dives when you come across something quite strange, even scary. Many people have told stories of finding bones and other human body parts, mostly skulls or parts of skulls. That kind of discovery can be disturbing enough. But there is another discovery that can be even more disturbing, one that doesn’t even involve finding a body or part of a body. The most troubling discoveries can be when you don’t find a body, but you find signs of disaster. The worst is dive gear. Tanks, buoyancy compensators, regulators and weights. Finding something like this inside of the confines of a cave or somewhere else constricted and not finding the diver who lost it has to be one of the creepiest things ever.


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