During the last week in July, Robin and I drove our kids up to Bear Lake on the Utah-Idaho border for a couple of days of rest and relaxation before I headed over to summer camp on the East side of the lake. We arrived at the WorldMark condo Sunday afternoon, July 22, and spent the next 48 hours together swimming in the pools, playing on two different beaches, canoeing, creating sand sculptures, hiking and exploring Minnetonka Cave. We had a great time together on this last trip before the kids went back to school.
On the way up to our 48-hour vacation prior to going to scout camp, I told the children the story of the Bear Lake Monster. Of course, I didn’t really know the legend, so I made most of it up. By the time we got there, I was surprised that the kids actually still wanted to go into the water. The kraken-like creation from my imagination had some serious conflicts with the Indians and pioneers (all fabricated, of course) but it kept them quiet for a while in the car. If you want to read an interesting article on the subject, click here.
I’ve always been intrigued by folklore and legend, especially things that seem to keep popping up like Bigfoot, alien abductions, haunted houses and large sea creatures. Naturally, I am exceedingly skeptical about these things, but I’m still intrigued by them, particularly the human psychology and archetypal underpinnings involved. What do you think?