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Spooky Cryptids of the California Highway

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Monsters in Sunny California!

It’s hard to think of a sunny, friendly place like California having legendary monsters. But even a sunny beach produces long, dark shadows, and California does, in fact, have some of the spookiest monster legends in the United States! 

 

And quite a few of those legends come right from our roadsides. It’s easy to see how things might cross a road or come up out of the sea where we only have a moment’s glance to take them in. This is how legends are born! 

 

With Halloween right around the corner, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite monsters of the California roadways, thanks to backpackverse.com’s handy guide:

Cadborosaurus

This massive, sea-dwelling creature is said to resemble a dragon or serpent, and is often seen with two sets of flippers and a long tail. Cadborosaurus is said to inhabit the waters off the coast of California, particularly off the Frisco coast. The first reported sighting of Cadborosaurus was in 1892, when two fishermen claimed to have seen the creature near Vancouver Island. Since then, there have been dozens of sightings of this monster, which is also known as Cadboro or Caddy.

The Lone Pine Mountain Devil 

This creature is said to haunt the Sierra Nevada mountains, specifically around the area of Lone Pine. The mountain devil is said to be a large, hairy creature with horns, and is often compared to a satyr or faun. The first reported sighting of the mountain devil was in 1925, when a group of prospectors claimed to have seen the creature near Mount Whitney. Since then, there have been several other sightings of this fearsome beast.

Tahoe Tessie

This monster is said to inhabit the depths of Lake Tahoe, and is often described as a large, serpentine creature. Tahoe Tessie is said to be anywhere from 30 to 100 feet long, and is sometimes compared to the Loch Ness Monster. The first reported sighting of Tahoe Tessie was in 1844, when a group of Native Americans claimed to have seen the creature in the lake. Since then, there have been dozens of other sightings of this elusive monster.

The Ghost Deer

This creature is said to haunt the Mount Eddy area of Northern California. The ghost deer is said to be a white, spectral deer that can only be seen at night. The first reported sighting of the ghost deer was in 1881, when a group of hunters claimed to have seen the creature near Mount Shasta. Since then, there have been several other sightings of this ethereal beast.

The Hog Bear

This creature is said to inhabit the area around Hyampom, in Northern California. The hog bear is said to be a large, furry creature with the head of a pig and the body of a bear. The first reported sighting of the hog bear was in 1876, when a group of farmers claimed to have seen the creature near the town of Hyampom. Since then, there have been several other sightings of this curious creature.

Bigfoot

This creature needs no introduction. Bigfoot is said to inhabit the forests of California, and is often described as a large, hairy, human-like creature. The first reported sighting of Bigfoot was in 1829, when a group of hunters claimed to have seen the creature near Mount Shasta. Since then, there have been hundreds of sightings of this elusive creature.


So, there you have it, some of the spookiest monster legends in California! If you're looking for a good scare this Halloween, take a drive down one of California’s monster-ridden roads. Do you know of any other scary stories? Share them with us in the comments. If you're looking for a reliable and trustworthy place to get your car's oil changed, be sure to check out Super Service of Aliso Viejo. We offer high-quality service at an affordable price, and we're dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible experience. For an oil change, filter change, and lube by professionals who will take great care of your vehicle, schedule an appointment at Super Service. And remember to add us on Facebook for news and updates! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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