More BEKs in a Different State Park
Date: December 26, 2013
Location: Cowan's Gap State Park, Fort Loudon, PA
My husband & I had a weird encounter with, what I believe to be Black Eyed Kids this past winter. It was the day after Christmas 2013 and we decided to get out of the house and take a walk. We enjoy walking the trails at Cowan's Gap State Park here in Fulton Co., PA.
It wasn't too cold, so we decided to take the short drive to the park. The park is void of people in the winter, unless there's snow for skiers and ice skating on the lake. But we were alone, or at least, we thought we were alone.
We were walking on a trail that passes several of the rental cabins. After awhile, we took a short break and sat down at a picnic table located in a cabin pavilion. We were discussing how quiet it was when I noticed 4 children walking towards us. As they approached, I noticed that their eyes, especially the taller & older boy, were very dark with large irises. There was, I believe, 2 boys and 2 girls of various ages. All 4 wore light jackets.
When they reached us, the older boy asked: Do you live here?
My husband answered: No, this is a rental cabin.
There was no reaction.
One of the girls, who was very pale, reached into her jacket pocket and pulled out a pack of cigarettes and lit one. The girl was no older than 10 years.
My husband asked her: Aren't you too young to smoke?
The girl looked at him and, I swear, her eyes got darker and larger. She gave him a scow that he & I will remember for the remainder of our lives. It was so vile and foreboding, I was immediately scared.
Then they turned, on a dime and together, and started to walk away. I was speechless and shaking.
My husband said: Let's go.
We briskly walked in the opposite direction towards the car. I was still very frightened and wanted to go straight home.
We pulled out onto Aughwick Rd. and headed east towards home, which is only a ½ mile or so from the park.
A few days later, we were driving to Chambersburg to do some shopping. We needed to first stop at the post office in Fort Loudon to mail a few packages. My husband walked into the post office while I sat in the car. After a few minutes, I noticed the same 4 kids walking through the post office parking lot. Just seeing them sent chills up & down my spine.
When my husband returned to the car, I told him what happened and that I wanted to go home immediately.
Since that time, I have suffered terrible episodes of anxiety and fear. My doctor has prescribed medication but I still panic that I'll encounter those kids again.