Friday, April 12, 2013

Real Camping

Listening to the radio on the way home the other night and the news was about a man who had been nicknamed the North Pond Hermit.  Central Maine legends tell of a man who would sneak into campsites and sometimes jimmy locks to obtain camping equipment, supplies and food.  He never did any damage and never stole any money.  For 27 years the legend continued until a Pine Tree Camp, one of his favorite sites to rob, installed security cameras.  Last week the legend was caught trying to steal once again.

Apparently Christopher Knight, now 47, had spent the last 27 years camping in the woods in central Maine.  I don't know about you but I could spend a night outside in a Seattle winter.  I can't even begin to imagine what a Maine winter would be like with nothing but a tent, tarp and sleeping blankets.

But that is exactly what he did.  Entire winters in this campsite with no human contact.  He said he wouldn't leave the campsite in winter for fear of being tracked.

He stated that he only had human contact once during the 27 years when he passed a hiker on a trail in the nineties.

Can't condone the thief, but this guy was a "real" camper.

1 comment:

  1. now that is a 'real camper'!!
    We have 'homeless people' here that camp out by the river..they have their own 'tent cities'!