Was it Ray a Gator or What ?

by Walt
(Pocono area)

It was back in early May, around 2005 or 2006. I was camping at the Susquehannock camp grounds at Raystown Lake. Having camped there many years in the past with my family,this time I was alone,I had never heard about Ray. As had been my normal routine, first thing in the morning, around 7 AM, I would go for a swim, on the south side of the camp area called the bow. This was the first time there was no one else in the area, house boats like to come there because of the no wake zone. As I was swimming I looked up and saw something swimming ahead. It was coming from the larger part of that area, from my left, into the smaller cove area. When I saw it I stopped and tread water watching. I couldn't figure out what it was. I first thought it was a deer or a bear, because of the wake following after it seemed big.
Then it did something I've never heard about a deer or bear doing, it dived down and then came up again while swimming straight. When it came up it noticed me treading water and turned towards me and started coming my way. I stayed treading water until it got about half way to me and then it dived under again while coming towards me, that's when I took off swimming back towards the camp ground area. Because I thought whatever it was could out swim me I decided to go to the shore, but could not get totally out of the water , due to the high bank along the water. After standing, with a thirty pound rock in my hands, what seemed forever, I noticed the thing swam back up to where I first saw it. I waited thinking it would come up to the shore and climb out, but it never did. I swam back to camp area and never went back in, until the next year when my son and I went camping. I don't scare easily, but this got my attention.

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Jun 18, 2011
Or What is Right!
by: Patricia

Hi Walt,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Ray or whatever it was that morning swimming with you at Raystown Lake. Phew, I can't imagine swimming alone and seeing something this size swimming towards me. I was surprised to read that you went back with your son the following year.

Maybe this will help convince the non-believers in Ray to give it a second thought and at least have an open mind about it.


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