Their claim to fame was that while out on a sailing trip on Lake Champlain, they caught sight of Champ, the Loch Ness monster of Lake Champlain.
For those of you not familiar with Vermont folklore, Lake Champlain is the home to Champ, a sea creature not unlike Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster.
As you can imagine, sightings are extremely rare. But there are accounts from witnesses who say they have without a doubt spotted it.
Yes, Mother and Jim became quite the celebrities when their story appeared in the local newspaper.
Jim even got a stint on the Vermont elementary school talk show circuit.
He really enjoyed telling the school children about how he and Mother spotted Champ while they were out on their sailboat. Champ appeared to be having a leisurely snack and a swim.
Jim explained to me what he saw:
“There was this thing floating on the water not too far ahead of us. It kind of looked like a log but it was way too big. Then I saw it’s head come up out of the water. It had a big long neck. It looked like it was eating something, because there was this long, skinny stuff hanging out of it’s mouth…. Kinda like toilet paper.”
Jim even went through the trouble of drawing me a picture of what he saw.
It only took one look for me to agree, that yes, that looked like a big old sea monster to me.
And so the story goes that Mother and Jim stood on their boat and continued to observe Champ in the water.
But then of course, mere observation was not enough for Mother.
There is more to Jim’s story:
Apparently, Mother grabbed the underwater camera, handed it to Jim with the following instructions:
“Jump in the lake, swim up to Champ and take some pictures!”
Jim begged to differ, and refused her request.
He was not about to swim up to a sea monster for a photo shoot.
And quite frankly…
I don’t blame him one bit.
The situation that he happened to find himself in reminds me of a quote that goes:
“Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!”
I’m sure the very same applies to anyone who swims up to Champ, the Lake Champlain sea monster with camera in hand just to do a photo op!