Sunday, April 5, 2009

"He was here last night"

Today I tried to get to the top of Larch Mountain. I was there a couple weeks ago, but snow turned me back. I thought that today I'd get back farther, and I was right. However, it wasn't as far as I would have liked.

In real distance, as the proverbial crow flies, the peak of Larch Mountain was less than two miles away from where the road was closed. Parking there, I trudged through snow banks and found virtually no trace of animals, though I exerted lots of calories doing so. I would argue that if one isn't finding evidence of the passing of common animals, one shouldn't expect to find traces of the passing of sasquatches. Food is where food is, and one can trust the animals to find it.

After dealing with the snow fields, I decided to walk the snow line. I reasoned that the snow line, or right below it, would offer the highest quantity and quality of food for herbivores. Fresh shoots of most every species of plants would be popping up as surely as the season of Spring pops up around me now.

The paragraph above might seem to suggest that sasquatches are herbivores. I guess they could be, but from what I've seen, they seem to be heavily dependent on the ungulates: deer and elk. If lots of food for ungulates is present, that would increase the area's population of ungulates, which would in turn increase the population of sasquatches. I suspect the sasquatches not only eat the ungulates, but also snack on the food the ungulates themselves eat. An efficient digestive track could be hypothesized... So many considerations. So many options.

After poking around Larch Mountain for a few hours, my companions and I went to a property near Aims to install a couple IR game cameras. This property has been periodically monitored since the Fall of 2008. No bigfoot photographs have yet been obtained (horse photographs were...), but patience and attention are necessary in such endeavors. I have both.

This property has had possible bigfoot activity as recently as a week or two ago. When I was on my trip to the Olympic Peninsula, I received a text from the property owner that simply said, "He was here last night." (Unfortunately, I had pulled the cameras from his property in order to bring them on the Olympic trip, so there was no chance of obtaining footage of the nocturnal visitor.) I immediately texted him back, suggesting that he starts to put food out to encourage repeat visits, which he has done.

Apparently, while working very late one night, the property owner heard a noise like a sledgehammer hitting the outside wall of his home. He said the noise was loud, unmistakable, and purposeful. Was this a bigfoot hitting the outside of his home (which is commonly reported by people with repeated activity)? I don't know, but considering there was a possible sighting from his balcony this past August, I wouldn't rule it out. He certainly lives in a totally 'squatchy area of high activity, has a densely overgrown creek right outside his property line, and has frequent nocturnal visitors to the pond a short distance from his house.

In the past, I have mounted cameras on trees and spent considerable time hiding them with moss and other plants to make them look like a natural part of the environment. This time, I decided to "hide" the cameras in plain view by mounting them on man-made objects. There is a game camera photograph of a possible bigfoot that was obtained when the camera was strapped to a gate, and I have personally had one of my game cameras triggered by what I think was a bigfoot when the camera was simply positioned on my vehicle (I got two photos of an empty camp). These two instances are my data for the hypothesis of "hiding" cameras in this manner.

While driving home, my companions and I stopped for a beer at the Springdale Tavern. This is a great watering hole full of friendly locals. They smirk and poke a little fun at me about the bigfoot thing, but it is always in good spirits.

On this occasion, I met a man who claims to know where sasquatches come down to the Columbia River on the Washington side before they swim across to the Oregon side. In return for me filming them, he offered to bring me to the spot, as long as I never divulge the location. He insisted that I respect the 'squatch. Of course I agreed, but I won't hold my breath. This gentleman was obviously having some fun with me, but at the same time he knew some details about sasquatches that isn't exactly common knowledge, especially for a guy who doesn't have internet access. Maybe there's something to his drunken yarns... I hope so, but even if there isn't, he was a lot of fun to talk to. Much of the pleasure of bigfooting comes from the characters one meets on adventures.


  1. Have you written a book yet? Do you get paid for appearances to talk about Sasquatch?

  2. No, I haven't written a book yet, though I would entertain any offers presented by an appropriate publisher. If the venue was appropriate, and I thought it would "help the cause", I'd consider a media appearance as well.

  3. Do you think there might be a bigfoot in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? My daughter referred me to your site and said you mentioned there might be. I live in the UP in the summer and would love to learn more.

    I spend my summer watching big boats not bigfoot but it sounds very interesting.

  4. Yes, there are bigfoots on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have never been there, but good friends of mine have, and they have encountered sasquatches. Look for food, water, and cover in an area, and then try to stike up conversations with locals about any bigfoot stories they might have heard from the area. This is a good plan of attack for all areas, by the way.

    Enjoy the blog, and thanks for reading!