Surrounded by almost two thousand miles of captivating wilderness, El Portal, California, is located within the famous Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite View Lodge is one of the charming hotels located within the park, allowing guests quick access to trails, hikes and a never ending list of recreational activities. Many guests check into the lodge for a fun family vacation. Kids love the exploration and beauty that Yosemite has to offer. But not all kids that have checked into this hotel are what is considered normal.
The Family in El Portal
One former guest has come forward to discuss meeting a most unusual and creepy kid she encountered while staying at the lodge. “I am a writer, and I usually get my best work done tucked into a quiet hotel in the middle of nowhere,” said Anne, nodding. “So I kissed my husband goodbye, flew to California and checked myself into the Yosemite View Lodge in order to finish my book.”
And what happened to you while you were at the hotel?
“Well, things were weird from the get go,” she admitted. “While I was finishing up paying for my room, I was looking around the lobby when I saw another family checking in. There was a little girl with them and she had an animal mask on her face.
“As I looked at her, she tilted her head up at me and seemed eerily still and focused. I blinked and looked away, thinking she just liked the mask and probably refused to take it off. My nephew is very stubborn, so I know how kids can be—they’ll throw a fit until they get their way no matter what,” she laughed a little.
“I took my luggage to my hotel room and forgot all about the little girl.
The Uninvited Visitor
“The next morning I wandered into the lodge’s restaurant to get a bite to eat. The moment I walked in I saw the little girl and her family eating at a table. She had her back turned to me but the moment I stepped into the restaurant she turned to look my way, as if she somehow knew I was there.
“I felt super awkward, so I just gave her a little wave and sat down at the table furthest from hers,” she shrugged. “After that I went back to my room, set up my computer and worked on my book for several hours. I must have dozed off at some point, because I woke up in the chair I had been working on…
“And the little girl with the mask was standing in the middle of my room. I let out a yelp of surprise but tried to recover.
“’Oh um, sweetie, did you get lost trying to get back to your room?’ I asked. “But she just stood there, staring at me—or I assumed she was staring at me through that hideous mask.
“’Do you need help getting back to your room?’ I tried again. “The little girl slowly shook her head. She was just so freaky, and I don’t even know how she knew which room had been mine,” Anne said, running a hand through her hair.
“And I could have sworn I locked my hotel room before I sat down to write. Anyway, I opened the door for her and was going to take her to the lobby, but she just walked out and went down the hall as if she knew exactly where she was going. Later that evening I decided to take a shower.
“Thinking about that creepy little girl, I made sure my hotel room was locked and then I locked myself into the bathroom for good measure. After my shower, I drew back the curtain and she was freaking standing in my bathroom! I didn’t even bother to talk to her, I just threw on some clothes and marched to the lobby.
“When I told the concierge what was happening and I described the girl’s parents, he knew who I was talking about,” Anne said. “So he called their room to ask them to watch their child…but they said they didn’t have any children. El Portal is beautiful and everything, but after that I checked out of the lodge and went back home, thoroughly scared out of my wits.”