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Thursday, April 18, 2024


Here are two strange camping experiences from Lake Petenwell, Wisconsin. The first involves a huge orb in the woods and the other describes a white cryptid canine encounter.

"I used to go camping at Lake Petenwell, Adam's County, Wisconsin campground every year. One year, probably about 1988,, a younger sister, 2 cousins, and I went for a walk after dark, maybe about 10 pm. We were young. My cousin and I were 9 years old and the other 2 were 8.

There were some dirt walking trails in the woods around the campground. It was near the lake and two trails intersected with I little clearing maybe 6 feet on the sides of the trails. We could see a pontoon boat filled with people. Our young dumb selves figured they were a search party looking for someone, maybe even us because we were not supposed to be away from camp that late. I now know it was just people having a good time.

As we were watching them, looking down the path going towards the lake, staying out of sight, a light orb came from through the woods right to us. We were frozen in place. It was bigger than a softball and smaller than a basketball. It came in circled us twice, probably 8 feet off the ground, and left. The whole thing was maybe10 seconds long. I can remember it so vividly like it happened yesterday." F

I received the following several years ago:

Hi, just read your Wisconsin area story. I have a place in Adams County, Wisconsin by Lake Petenwell. It is a campsite of 5 acres. I was partying out there with 3 people around midnight two years ago. We had the stereo cranked up when something started to grunt/growl louder than the radio just out of sight behind a 35-foot camper. It repeated the sounds 3 times. I was ready to run for my life! I got to the stereo and turned it off but did not hear a thing after that. I had my spotlight and could not see or hear anything move away either. it sounded similar to an extremely loud bull snort mixed with a deep growl similar to the werewolf sound in the movies. It was so loud that even the people in the camper heard it! Just before this happened the whipperwills were going nuts.

We no longer walk alone on the trails at night, only riding golf carts or STVs on the trails after dark. Then last year we had another incident. We went out for a cart ride and heard a loud bark. I thought it was the neighbor's dog, but no! It was a white wolf! It seemed aggressive with no fear and was circling the camper with 1 other dog. I have hunted at night and lived here my whole life and never heard anything like this first encounter. It has changed all of us for life! There is definitely something unexplained out there!

NOTE: I tend to agree, there is definitely something out there! I have heard of other unexplained experiences in the area around Lake Petenwell. on

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The wendigo has been misappropriated from its original context in Algonquin folklore. The word "Wendigo" roughly means “The Evil Spirit Who Devours Mankind.” Originally it was depicted as a cannibal ice giant and cautionary tale relevant to the realities of Algonquin life. Euro-American popular culture mutilated it into what may only be described as a "zombie-were-deer."

First, the Algonquin monster has relevance to their traditional way of life. Their culture was reliant on teamwork, so selfishness is a deadly sin to them, and the wendigo is the ultimate embodiment of that.

Secondly, wendigo psychosis is a real mental illness and was historically used as a justification to destroy the Algonquin culture. There are written accounts in the last two centuries of people suffering from this illness being murdered by their peers.

So then, how was the Wendigo tale altered? This goes back over a century to Algernon Blackwood's story "The Wendigo." The story does not depict a Wendigo but seems to get it confused with the Inuit (not Algonquin) creature Ijiraq and possibly the Tariaksuq. In the story, the monster burns away a victim's feet with friction, while in myth the Ijiraq is sometimes described as stripping the flesh off its victim's shins and if it survives then it becomes a faster runner. The Ijiraq is otherwise described as a trickster who kidnaps children or lures hunters by pretending to be caribou. So, it is easy to assume Blackwood read about the Ijiraq and then twisted the details for his own story.

Now Euro-American popular culture takes the name of an Algonquin cannibal ice giant and applies it to a zombie-were-deer; it has been utterly stripped of its original context and symbolism. I doubt there will ever be much push-back against the zombie-wear-deer version since it has been burned into popular culture at this point.

Now, that being stated, I'm going to present several modern-day accounts that some of the witnesses described as the ‘Wendigo.' Then you can determine what the creature in the report is. Is it an original folktale of the cannibal ice giant or something a bit more contemporary?


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