Friday, April 3, 2009

Champ!...

Just south of the village of Port Henry, NY is this colorful sign. "Champ" (named for Lake Champlain) has been toying with us for a very long time, elusive creature that he is! The sign lists those that tell of sighting Champ. Samuel deChamplain, the first non-native to explore the lake between NY and VT, wrote of seeing "a 20 foot serpent shaped like a barrel with a head like a horse."



We, who live near Lake Champlain, like to think of our Champ as a friendly "monster." I don't say it is true, nor do I deny Champ's existence. With so many credible people listed as having seen a mysterious creature in the water we know they saw something. What they saw is the question!


Champ must be friendly, after all, how many monsters do you know with a heart on his tail?



To read more about Champ and the area, visit Paranormal Encyclopedia, The Lake Champlain Land Trust, or many other sites on the internet. Perhaps Champ is a first cousin of Nessie?



p.s.... I will be away this weekend, leaving Friday morning and returning Sunday evening. I do so appreciate your visits and your comments. If you don't see your comment appear quickly that is the reason why. Have a great weekend everyone!







15 comments:

dog trot farm said...

Have a most enjoyable weekend away!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Love folklore! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. :)

montucky said...

I can only hope that such a pleasant looking monster is real!

NCmountainwoman said...

Have a great weekend! I've never heard of Champ. Fun stories.

Char said...

have a fantastic weekend!! :)

Tammie Lee said...

I wish you a wonderful time away. It would be fun to see Champ!

Shellmo said...

I agree - Champ sure looks friendly enough!! LOL!
Enjoy your weekend!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Cedar, We went to Hendersonville today to visit my inlaws. They are still doing well.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend... Love your post about "Champ"... I'm sure he's a lover, not a killer!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

itsmynature said...

Have fun this weekend. See you when you get back. I had forgotten about Champ. Thanks for the reminder.

Carolyn said...

Nice post! Champ's quite possibly related to Ogopogo of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia. I believe!!
Smiles

Cedar ... said...

Thanks for the good wishes everyone! yes, it is a great weekend. I'm in Alexandria Bay, NY for the 1.000 Islands Bluegrass season kickoff weekend at Bonnie Castle. Full report when I get home. Just found a wifi hotspot in hotel lobby!

Small Pines said...

Hope you are having a perfect trip! Love Champ - long may he reign!

wgathen said...

My son is utterly convinced Champ lives not only in Lake Champlain but also in Lake Placid through underground tunnels :) I'm @highpeaksresort on twitter.

troutbirder said...

Darn. I'm missed seeing him last fall during my luncheon-boat ride on Champs lake. Oh well there is always another time.

girlfromtexas said...

My goodness! I didn't know we had our own American version of Nessie! How totally cool.

I hope your weekend was the best!