Thin Place at Greeley Pond

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JUNE 1986

When I was 14 years old my father and I were hiking on the Greeley Pond Trail in the White Mountains of NH and I had a strange experience that has stuck with me to this day. We were walking along at around 10 in the morning and rounded a turn in the trail and I saw on the right hand side of the trail this odd part of the forest. The sunlight hit it in such a way that it was really bright, luminescent and super dark in the shadows. It looked like a game trail branched off from the hiking trail into this dark patch of forest. It was on the other side of a stream. The light was different on the other side of that stream. I knew whatever was over there was different or wrong or something. I didn’t know how to describe it at the time but, it frightened me. I had the feeling that if I crossed that stream and entered the dark part of the forest, I wouldn’t find my way back. I didn’t mention it to my father, because he wouldn’t understand. So I just kept walking on the hiking trail. We spent a few hours at Greeley Pond (a beautiful place by the way) and then had to hike back down. I was nervous about having to walk past that location again but, I didn’t want to say anything to my father so I just walked along like it was no big deal. When we did pass that spot the light had changed, the forest beyond wasn’t as dark. It was just a normal part of the forest. I know that something extremely odd had happened at this location at that time. I have gone back several times over the last 35 years and that place has never looked the way it did that morning hiking with my father.

Submitted by David

Thin Place at Greeley Pond