Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Campfire Ghost
* Sent in by Ricky Compton
I still don’t know if it was a real ghost or not but it scared the crap out of me anyway.
Me and two of my mates went on a camping trip to Woods Point in Victoria about two years ago and it was a trip I’ll never forget.
I finally got my drivers’ license so decided to take a bit of a road trip one weekend. I had never been there before, but my mate Geoff reckoned it was a great place to camp.
The first day we had a look at the old gold mines and shafts and did a bit of a tour of the area. I didn’t like going into the old mines because they were unsafe and creepy. I was happy to wait out the front while Geoff and Dave went in for a look. Dave was sure he was going to find a rogue gold nugget and Geoff was always the first one to give anything a go.
Later that afternoon we pitched our tents, set up the swags and lit a campfire. It was going to be a really cold night so we wanted to cook our food before dark and rug up in front of the fire.
It was about 11pm and I was ready to head into my swag for the night. Geoff and Dave were doing the same. Once settled we called out to one another, laughing and joking around. I could see the silhouette of someone standing by the campfire. I thought it must have been Dave, but then I heard his voice coming from the tent beside me. So it must have been Geoff, so I yelled out and asked him what he was doing. “Lying in bed” he told me, his voice coming from the tent to the right to me. So with all three of us in our tents who was out there standing by the fire??
I didn’t want to get out of my swag, but my curiosity got the better of me. I was scared but just couldn’t help myself.
Peeking out through the zip on my tent, I saw an old bloke with a long, stringy grey beard, wearing a tattered flannel shirt. But I couldn’t see below his knees or his feet. All I could see was his head, torso and thighs. I screamed in shock and fright. The figure turned and looked at me then faded away to nothing. I couldn’t believe my own eyes. One moment the old man was there and the next he was gone.
By then Geoff and Dave were out of their tents demanding to know what the hell I was squealing about.
I stuttered and stammered and tried to describe what I’d seen. The guys just looked at me like I was an idiot. ‘Bullshit’ was the general consensus.
But I knew what I’d seen and no one could convince me otherwise.
We went back into our tents, but I didn’t sleep too well that night.
The entire following day the guys ribbed me about my ‘old man ghost’. At every possible opportunity they stuck the boots in.
I was so buggered that night that I went to bed not long after dinner, leaving Geoff and Dave by the fire. I bombed out pretty quickly, but was woken up some time later by the sound of Dave yelling. I sat up in my swag a bit disorientated. Then I heard Geoff shuffling around in his tent. Next thing I knew my tent zip opened and both Dave and Geoff bundled in.
“I saw him,” Dave blurted out. “So did I” replied Geoff. It took me a moment to register who they were talking about. Then they described exactly what I’d seen the night before - an old bloke with a stringy grey beard and a flannelette shirt. And just like the night before, the man’s feet and lower legs couldn’t be seen.
Both Dave and Geoff kept apologizing for taking the piss out of me. We stayed awake for most of that night, way too spooked to sleep peacefully, and we were glad to see the Sun come up.
We left the campsite after breakfast and headed for home, glad to be leaving the ghost of the old man behind us.
* Sent in by Ricky Compton