Swimming With Nessie
Everybody who is anybody has heard the legend of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.
This notorious beast is supposedly an elusive mythical monster that dwells in a lake in northern Scotland right outside of Inverness. Nessie takes the form of a long and rather large sea serpent.
Explorations with submarines and scuba divers have been done all over the 755-foot deep, 22-mile long, 2-mile wide lake. However they have never been able to cover the entire lake at one time, thus resulting in no clear proof of the monster.
Several photographs and stories of encounters have surfaced over the years, but none provide quality evidence. Even during the explorations under the freezing cold northern waters came stories of some “thing” that moved quickly by the submarine, shaking it and bumping into the side.
Famous picture of Nessie taken by Robert Kenneth Wilson.
Many believe that this monster could potentially be a descendent of the Plesiosauria dinosaur or maybe the last living dragon!
So naturally there is only one way to find out if Nessie truly does exist, and there are tales amongst the locales of, “two burley American guys from West Virginia,” that came to figure it out once and for all.
Apparently these two large males came into Inverness questioning locales about Nessie and how they could go about swimming in the lake. After multiple attempts to dissuade the men, telling them how cold the water was and how the only access to the lake would be to jump from the cliffs that surround the sides and that getting back would pose a problem, they still refused to listen.
The two men revealed their plan for discovering Nessie, claiming that using all that fancy equipment and submarines just wasn’t going to cut it. They were going to lure in Nessie and get a real first hand encounter. Their plan was to tie giant hunks of meat to their bodies and then swim 2 miles across the lake. If this wasn’t going to attract her, then nothing else was as far as they were concerned.
Unfortunately no one was able to follow up with the men after their attempt. The men left the town and headed for the lake alone and never got back in touch with any of the locals, so no one knows what was seen, heard, or what occurred.
Upon my recent travels to Scotland, we decided to do a dumbed down, yet equally as nerve wrecking exploration. Saving the couple of British Pounds it would have cost to buy hunks of meat we decided to merely swim in the freezing cold lake and take a look around for her.
If you are looking to search for Nessie yourself we recommend taking a dip. Don’t do the common boat ride on the lake. Put on some swim trunks, take a couple swigs of liquid courage (local scotch), and go for a swim.
The most adventurous approach would be to jump from the ledges of Urquhart Castle along the banks into the water with some goggles on, and see what you can see. The entire experience will only cost you 7.50 Pounds to enter into the castle grounds, and will leave you with tales of Nessie and a few extra hairs on your chest.
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