Footprints In The Snow

During the Winter of my 12th year, I encountered the small foot prints again. It was a bright, clear morning after a Nor' Easter had dropped close to two feet of snow on us. I was out walking around the yard thigh deep in the fresh, cold powder. I noticed something odd. There was a set of footprints in the new fallen snow. This was the morning after a major Winter storm. There was little or no chance that anyone would have been out roaming in the snow filled blackness of the previous night. The tracks came across an open field on the other side of the street, through our yard and down into the back woods. I got a chill when I got close to the foot prints because I realized that they were small, like a toddler's feet. I knew those tracks. They were the same ones that were on the porch on the morning of the visit of the Howler. I followed the tracks down the hill. There, I stopped dead and my heart jumped into my throat. At the bottom of a small rise the tracks seemed to split. The left foot went in one direction and right in another! That scared me just looking at it. The tracks, each foot on its own path, disappeared into the woods. I didn't follow them further. I did stand for a long time looking at the small footprints. I tried to puzzle out what I was looking at. I was 12 at the time, not a small child. I could think. And I couldn't find an explanation for what I was seeing. Soon enough, I ran back to the house and went inside. I never mentioned the tracks to anyone.
Dave748 Dave748 46-50, M 46 Responses Aug 26, 2010

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Well written, gave me goosebumpsđź‘Ť



It still gives me goose bumps.

Maybe it was some guy in a helicopter who took some toddler shoes, then flew around, stamping them on the ground, in the hopes of confusing some 12 year old boy.

Maybe a hot air balloon. I would have heard a helicopter.

I love ghost stories. I like to watch paranormal shows on TV. When my older brother and I were very young, he saw a little girl covered in white blanket standing and smiling next to him while he was urinating standing up in the bathroom. It was 3 am and very dark since he did not turn on the light. He thought it was me but when the little girl walked through the wall he realized it was a ghost. My mom told him our late sister was probably came to visit. He never saw her again.


I have not explanation for what I saw.

maybe those were foot prints of a toddler. After intersection you never saw footprints is because his father might have carried him in hands and he wasn't required to walk after intersection

Why didn't I see the footprints of a larger person? This wasn't on a street, it was in a snow covered field.

maybe he got buried under snow. Snow fall occurred in that particular region where his footprints were lost

If his prints were lost why weren't the small prints lost?

it didn't snow in some area

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o.o weird

I know, right?

haha. I've never seen anything odd.

It doesn't happen often for me, but I have had a few really creepy experiences.

oh. what happened?

One night, I got up to answer the call of nature at around 3am. As I was walking past my bedroom window I looked out. It was Summer so the window was open. I saw and glowing orange ball rise from the yard across the street, hover for a moment and then shoot off into the sky. The worst thing about it was the feeling I got from it. I knew it was "bad". I don't know how, but I knew. I actually ducked back from the window so it wouldn't "see" me! Later, I did some reading on orange orbs. They are known to be negative entities.

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I love reading this story.... Obviously what/whoever it was saw something in you. Why else would you have been allowed to see what you did....

I'd like to think so, April.

Interesting story Dave, that must have been eerie being out in the snow by yourself and seeing this incomprehensible divergence of tracks

It really was. It has stayed with me to this day.

Is that one of your stories ? Good job if it is !!!

Its a true story.

After reading this, I'm glad I am not alone tonight :)

There are things that walk the night. It is better that they walk alone.


Sounds like two troublemakers on pogo sticks to me Dave.

Wow....I would've loved to seen this.....although perhaps not at age twelve. Fascinating.

It made an impression!

I'd say so!

It started a life long interest in the paranormal.

wow that is strange! awesome story.

It was creepy. It made an impression on me.

Yes those types of things are creepy when they happen and they do leave a lasting impression, I wonder what it was that was leaving these footprints

To this day, I wonder. I have since found out that I have Irish heritage. I think the Howler may have been a banshee.

Me too! My mom's side is Irish. I STILL have some of the same things happening to me since I wrote my story in "I believe in the paranormal." I had a paranormal investigation done, it was an eye opener, but it doesn't stop anything. I've just learned to live with it. Long live the Irish! : )

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That was a beautifully written story! I heard in some cultures that spirits of relatives can reincarnate into the same one's ancestor presumably can be reborn into one's descendant... this made me think of that.

Thank you! What an interesting thought! I shall consider it.

Beautifully written, the words are flowing, flying, sliding with the soul, great joy to read, thank you for share. As for the thing you've seen, was strange and scary but it did not harmed you so if you would have not run who knows, could've beed friendly...

Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed the tale.

You story really intrigued me,after reading it again, I thought,"small person": " Nature Spirit" some people actually believe in them and I would not discount them.

That is what I assume as well.

dave, its so beautiful, the child in spirit came to visit, maybe it was a relative long ago,

Thank you. I'd like to think that you are right.

i think so

Holy ****, dude...

That was a truly frightening experience. When in the unknown is right there, right in front of you, you can't deny it.

I think it's more than just fear of the unknown. Maybe we have a hidden instinct coded into us. A fear of the spiritual energies all around us, some of which might not be too friendly.

Agreed. Naturalists conducted a study on the North American moose by exposing them to the scent of Bengal tigers. The moose reacted with fear even though their species had not encountered tigers in tens of thousands of years. Perhaps we have a similar instinct with regard to the spirit world.

Perhaps, indeed.

If you'd like, I can share my encounter with an orange orb with you as well.

Orange orb? Sure. Orbs don't scare me ^.^

Normally, orbs don't scare my either. This one did. It was about three am on a Summer's night. I got up to answer the call of nature. I looked out my open bedroom window. A glowing orange orb rose out of the field across the street, hovered for a moment, and then shot off into the sky. I was stricken with fear, the hair on the back of my neck stood out. I ducked away from the window so it wouldn't "see" me. I knew, in my heart, that it was bad. I closed the window before I went back to bed. Recently I've read magazine articles that indicate that orange orbs can be malevolent.

That's odd. Don't think it's scare me unless I saw one, though. :P


Just one of those experiences that stick with you. It may seem as if I've had many encounters, but over the course of a fifty year life span, my experiences are few and far between.

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You are a good writer. I loved your story, only wish I were the writer you are, thanks for the good example .

Thank you. I hope to be published one day. I am working on a novel.

that is crazy!!!!!! thank you for sharing your story! i will have to tell you mine sometime when i am more awake.

I can't wait to hear it.

That is crazy I believe in ghost but never seen anything like that. Wish I knew what was in the woods though. Left me curious

Today, as an adult, I'm curious too. I would have followed the tracks now. As a kid, I was scared.

I bet would have been scared myself

It was just wrong. It freaked me out.

Lol I still get freaked I'll get a creepy feeling when no ones home. Gives me shivers

I know that feeling. I'll have to tell you about the orange orb that scared the bejesus out of me one night.

Yes do tell please

One night when I was 17 I got up at three am to answer the call of nature. I looked out my open bedroom window. I saw an orange orb rise out of a back yard across the street. It hovered for a second and shot off into the sky. What was even odder was my reaction to it. I ducked back from the window so it wouldn't "see" me. My hair stood on end. I knew, I don't know how, I knew it was "bad". It scared me.

Holy **** that's creepy. When I was 20 I was driving at night and seen I flash if light go across the road in front of me. There was no other road. It came across a field and went in the woods on the other side. It was fast not sure what it was tho

It could have been many things. Its always creepier when you're alone.

Yes it is I locked my doors lol

I don't blame you. Wonder what it was? Just a flash of light?

Yeah it just streaked across the ground almost like head lights but there was no other road.


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do you want to keep encountering Ghost Encounter you can ignore this but if you would to stop the Ghost Encounter you can contact the to help you stop this Ghost Encounter man people have been there with all kinds of problems at the end of the day they always go home happly.

I like my ghost encounters. I'm not afraid.

alright bro .

Thanks for offering.

I think children are "shown things" more than adults because of their innocence. I loved your story! : )

I agree with you and thank you.

My ghost story is here now, check it out. We had a "paranormal investigation" and made a video of it. U can find it on "You tube," it's called "Crazy Orbs." If U have a facebook account it's under "The Spirit Seekers," they do investigations free, but only in OR. My story posted here is titled "What Do They Want." I like yer stories Dave748.

I will check it out.

Okay! : ) WOW, you have alot of friends, took me a while to find where I posted at, LOL!

*L* :-) Glad you found me.

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Children are quite spiritual before it is educated out of them,they also tend to keep things to themselves,often because they believe everyone else see those things too,until they hear "there are no such things as ghosts" "it is all in your mind" "you dreamt it" etc.... it take some courage and assurance to go on believing.

Yes, its does take courage. I still believe.

Is that a true story or fiction? Whatever the case, you captured my attention. Have you authored a book yet? If not, may be it's about time! I loved the story.

True story! I'm in the process of writing a book now. I'm about half way right now.

Good luck with the book!

Thank you. I am close to completing it.

Please let me know when it's out. I love reading. All the best Dave

I will! Thanks much.

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Well remembered, and well written. It leaves a tingle.

Talked to a logger once who told me about being camped overnight on a timber cruise in Southwest Oregon. Strange sounds off in the darkness. Not growling, not animal, not human. After hours of staring into the shadows and probing the dark with a flashlight he picked up a good size stick and threw it into the brush to flush out whatever might be there. Nothing. Silence. Then the stick came sailing back and landed at his feet. He yelled "who the hell is out there?!" The strange call sounded again. He grabbed the stick and threw it back into the darkness. A few minutes later it came lobbing back to where he stood. He put the stick on the fire and took out his chainsaw, the closest thing to a weapon he had.

He sat with the saw on his lap till early light began filtering through the trees. Whatever it was made it's weird hi-lo sound one more time, far off and moving away. He never found any tracks.

There are more things going on in this world than we know.

I too live in the back woods of Oregon. I have a story of strange happenings too but haven't wrote about it, just thought pople would think I'm nuts, ha! This really made me feel better for reading it, thanx 4 sharing! : )

I'd like to hear your story someday? FaaacinnnaaateeeD



OMG I'm in awe WOW

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Great visual writing. You really put your readers into the scene. I'm glad I've discovered your stories, few though they may be.

Thank you. I will try to add more stories soon.

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the story.

Wow! You are a writer! I was mesmerized.