Ah, time for an update. I wasn't going to do anymore posting here, but suddenly there was a rash of posts that made this thread keep appearing in my "new posts" list. Do you want an update, or just more humor opportunity? I have enjoyed it alot, but I am a little wary about continuing. You'll see why. This may be my last post to this thread.
I haven't found the cave, but I did find an area that looks caved in. If there was a cave present, I think it's at this spot. Lots of big rocks tossed together. Could very well be nothing, too. But I don't see any other area around that could fit the bill.
I got the opportunity to see a black Nissan Altima that had gotten the Downs Road Ghost treatment. Ok, THAT was creepy. It looks like claws or nails from a giant hand had been digging at the sides, hood and roof of the car. What I mean is, the marks look like they were from something like that, on a large scale. I wish I had my camera with me; it was an unplanned opportunity. There are indents/scratches that go right to the metal. I trust the veracity of those I spoke with; I believe this wasn't vandalism of any kind. The owner didn't report it to the newspaper or anything sensationalistic like that; this was a quiet town story passed from one person to another, nothing more. And he wants it to stay that way, which I respect. The car stalled one night on Downs Road in the unpaved section last fall, and the occupant was rocked inside the car while this "attack" occured. Nothing was visible, but I was told that there was an audible sound of a distant male voice, but louder, if that makes sense. ??? It reportedly lasted only a few moments. I will tell you, this chilled me a bit. I'm not a big close encounter kind of guy, as those who know me personally and here on CPF can attest. The occupant said they were definitely scared, but didn't get the impression they were in danger per se, but that "something" was angry. Totally bizarre. And there is no way this person wrecked their own recent model car for nothing. How he got this impression is beyond me. This event came up in a conversation in a neutral place with a friend and someone I just met; so I inquired further. There was no reason to suspect anything, which I have been thinking on and over, trying to come up with different explanations - ala crop circles. So far, I don't have anything too good.
The pumphouse: I haven't been back there since my last pics. I don't know what condition it's in or if it's still flooded. One of the reasons I didn't want to break down the door is because I'd have to replace it. It's on my property, and I don't want it to become a spot where a local child can wander and get hurt. If no spiders or animals have moved in there, I'm leaving.
The Hermit: No more news here, and it's unlikely I will come across anymore.
Dennis Lan?: He is still resting comfortably, thank you. This may sound idiotic to you, but then again, you are reading this thread, so: a few weeks back I placed a flower on the tombstone, and said a short prayer. If Dennis is there, I wanted to treat him with respect, sort of let him know he wasn't forgotten. This was impromptu when I was doing some yard work. Didn't think it over alot or anything, more a spur of the moment kind of thing. Think what you will about that, I guess.