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by Daniel

       Categories: cellar, spirits, restaurant, family, home

I recently went fishing at Lake McClure. It was at a place where I had gone fishing before with my brother. I found this place one day when I drove up there and hiked down to a little spot where it is less frequented by swimmers. The place is super quiet. After setting up my fishing gear I wandered off about 50 yards from the edge of the lake, and I began to observe since I like the sounds of nature. I noticed that there was a fallen tree, and someone had made some kind of tepee with the left over branches around the fallen tree. It seemed oddly strange why someone would create such a thing. It was not like someone was trying to make a livable tepee but was only made half ways with no cover or anything like that. I thought that maybe someone was just having fun building things.

As I walked away, I could hear leaves being stepped on at about 60-50 feet away. What seemed like footstep sounds would come and go, but I could not make sense of it. Whatever it was, it really sounded like footsteps or like something was watching me, but there was nothing to be seen. I really wanted to make sense out of it, maybe a raccoon. When the footsteps finally got close, about 20 feet, I really freaked out. The hairs on skin really lifted. I'm not the scary cat type, but whatever wanted to spook me really did the job. When I finally zoned in on where I heard the footsteps, I saw a huge tarantula, not even moving or anything. Whatever it was, the little handmade tepee, the tarantula, the strange noises, it was all not a good vibe at all.
People are not usually supposed to be creeped out like that when they are out trying to enjoy nature. I later remembered that Lake McClure is known to be haunted because of the mining factory that used to be out there during the gold rush. I get goose bumps just thinking about it, and this has to be one of the creepiest experiences I have ever had. I will never go out to this fishing spot ever again, and I would never recommend this place to anyone. Creepy tepee, noises and tarantulas are not really my thing, especially during a bright moon.
Submitted by Adam

       Categories: hand, fishing, factory, tree, building

I have many times, in my life time, been through some very frightening experiences and always considered ghosts as evil or threatening. Something has happened to change my opinion on ghosts. I am a downtown business owner, and we have two post offices here in Merced, a new office on ''M'' Street and the old Bell Station Post Office located on the corner of 18th and K. When I first opened my business it felt a little eerie because there were no other occupants in the building. Once the post office would lock their doors, it would be very quiet. I would stay late almost every night to catch up on my day's work. Every day between 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm you can hear a woman's laugher and shuffling papers. It was like the sound you hear when someone is placing your mail in the mail boxes. Then there is the sound of walking heels down the hallway. I would wait, looking towards my doorway expecting to see someone reach my door, but then the sound will just stop.

One night I had a client with a late appointment. As she walked into my office, she kept looking behind me with a confused look on her face but did not say anything. When she left she called me on the phone and asked me who else was with me in the office. When I said no one she told me that for an instant she saw an image of a woman standing behind me then disappear. She thought maybe she had imagined it. This scared me because of what I had been experiencing myself since being here. She told me not to feel scared because she had felt like this person was somehow there to protect me, but that did not make me feel any less scared.

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