Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

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Aug 222017
 

Get Dressed Sasquatch 
by Derek Sullivan

Its trouble in paradise when a park ranger informs Sasquatch that his au-naturel style will no longer be tolerated. What follows is a charming, humorous game of dress-up as Sasquatch and the ranger struggle to come up with a wardrobe fit for the monsters active lifestyle. With warm illustrations, funny rhymes, and a silly final twist that praises acceptance, Get Dressed, Sasquatch! will have children and parents giggling together again and again.

Hazy Dell publishing house has other books with squatchy references, such as Monster ABC, which I’ve posted photos from before on my Facebook page.  These books are fantastic for very young readers, up to about age 8.  They are made with thick cardboard-like pages that can take a beating, dropping, or a drooling on by the most ravenous of readers.  

 

 Monster ABC 
By Derek Sullivan

 

S is for Sasquatch!

Blueberry Bog Knocks 8/16/17

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Aug 172017
 

Blueberry Bog

The Blueberry Bog in late summer

The Blueberry Bog is one of the best bigfooting locations I have yet found in Mount Hood National Forest.  Between a small number of researchers and me, a dozen or more sasquatch encounters have occurred here.  Most have come in the form of knocks, but there also have been camp visitations, whoops, long calls, and gifting interactions reported from these researchers.  No sightings have yet occurred, but there are also no reports from here in any of the online databases nor from any book I have ever read.  It’s a good spot.  

I visited this location back in June on a day trip.  The mosquitoes were beyond bad.  It is nearly impossible to be in the area until some drying happens in the forest and the mosquitoes decrease in numbers dramatically.  One of the researchers in my inner circle has been in the area a couple times this summer scouting for hunting season.  Elk and deer sign was abundant.  Sign of very large canines was also identified.  The possibility of wolves exists, and would be very interesting to verify with a visual sighting.  That would be newsworthy, I suspect.  

My schedule freed up enough for my wife and I to make a quick overnight to the Blueberry Bog this past week.  It’s a beautiful area with abundant wildlife and a stunning view of Mount Hood, so no matter if the bigfoots were there or not, I knew it would be a great trip.  However, at least one bigfoot was there.  

Long after dark and shortly after midnight, the wood ducks in the nearby bog were restless.  They vocalized and moved around the swamp in an agitated way.  An unidentified vocalization came from north at 12:37 am.  The whistle you hear is accompanied by another sound behind it.  If you think you know what made this noise, please contact me and share your idea with me.  It would be best to include a reference recording from online with your suggestion for verification purposes.  

 

Just before one o’clock, we heard a knock coming from north of camp.  In years past, a knock from this area is often the first sign of a sasquatch being in the area, and usually right around this time of night.  Sure enough, twenty minutes later, a loud knock occurred just a short distance east of camp.  

 

Captivated, we listened intently for the next hour and heard nothing unusual except the continued distress of the local waterfowl.  I was thrilled that the sasquatches seemed to be back on their old schedule (some logging in the past five years seemed to have disrupted the activity a bit).  My wife was thrilled to hear a good, loud knock.  We were both happy to share the experience.  

The above recordings were obtained using a Zoom H6.  For more information on audio recorders I’ve used for bigfooting, click here.  

Springs, swamps, and the accompanying plant life permeate the area around the Blueberry Bog.

Yeti in My Spaghetti

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Aug 122017
 

Yeti in My Spaghetti

This is one of my favorite recent acquisitions of bigfoot/yeti merchandise.  Yeti in My Spaghetti is a simple game for children of all ages based on the classic, Pick-Up-Sticks.  I enjoyed a few rounds of the game (with an adult beverage in hand), so I’ve already play-tested this one for the younger ones in your family.  Whether you purchase the game for your family or for your dorm room, it has the Cliff Stamp of Approval for entertainment.  

The game comes with a bowl, some plastic spaghetti noodles, and an adorable yeti toy.  It is played by laying the spaghetti noodles across the bowl and putting the yeti on top of the noodles.  From there, the players take turns trying to remove individual strands of spaghetti without causing the yeti to fall into the bowl.  Pretty simple, but surprisingly fun.  

Don’t let the yeti fall into the bowl!

The game is durable and made of plastic, so it is easily brought to the woods on your family’s next bigfooting trip.  It will clean off easily, and won’t break unless mistreated.  The family that participates in bigfoot activities together is a healthy one, and this game can add to that quality time.  

For you Pick-Up-Sticks masters out there, there is an added challenge to this newer, cooler version. In Yeti in My Spaghetti, the spaghetti strands are sort of twisted, so it’s not as easy to remove the noodles as straight sticks were back in the old days.  

The point of this game is to have fun, and it delivers on this simple goal.  Your family will love the game, and it’s a great way to eat up a hour or so while bonding as a family unit.  Integrating bigfoot and/or yeti into your family activities will only bring you closer together.  

Click on the links above to purchase.

Conservation Before Discovery 2017

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Aug 052017
 

A few years ago in a blog post, I commented on how the legal protection of wild land is hugely beneficial to sasquatches, and indeed advocating for such protections might be one of the only things we (the bigfoot community) can do at the moment to protect our hairy friends.  I called the idea, “Conservation Before Discovery,” and it was largely the result of former President Obama making huge tracts of land into official wilderness areas, including the nearby Roaring River Wilderness.  Whether you agree with the politics or not, it’s hard to argue that wild lands are good for bigfoot populations.  Conservation of the land could provide sasquatches with a well-protected core area in which to rear offspring.  

When the article below crossed my desk the other morning, I found the general idea of the article to be what I was writing about all those years ago.  With this in mind, I thought I’d bring up the notion again in the context of the recent news piece.  

How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

July 31, 2017 by Bill Adams And Shane Mccorristine, The Conversation

After fears the Loch Ness Monster had “disappeared” last winter, a new sighting in May 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. The search for monsters and mythical creatures (or “cryptids“) such as Nessie, the Yeti or Bigfoot is known as “cryptozoology”.

On the face of it, cryptozoology has little in common with mainstream conservation. First, it is widely held to be a “pseudoscience”, because it does not follow the scientific methods so central to conservation biology. Many conservation scientists would find the idea of being identified with monsters and monster-hunters embarrassing.

Moreover, in the context of the global collapse in biodiversity, conservationists focus their attentions on protecting the countless endangered species that we know about. Why waste time thinking about unknown or hypothesised creatures? Most people are rightly sceptical of sightings of anomalous primates or plesiosaurs in densely populated regions that have been surveyed for hundreds of years.

However, while there are strong ecological and evidence-based reasons to doubt the existence of charismatic cryptids such as Nessie and Bigfoot, conservationists should not automatically dismiss enthusiastic searches for “hidden” species. In fact, cryptozoology can contribute to conservation in several ways.

The article continues here:
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-mythical-monsters-real-world.html

Where Bigfoot Walks – Crossing the Dark Divide

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Aug 032017
 

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide 
By Dr. Robert Pyle

One of my favorite bigfoot books (and one that has been on my list of excellent additions to any bigfoot library for a long time) has been reprinted this year with a new chapter!  The butterfly specialist and wordsmith, Dr. Robert Pyle, has updated his classic tome, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.  

This isn’t your average bigfoot book in that it isn’t full of sighting reports and evidence supporting the existence of an undiscovered hominoid species.  This book is from the perspective of an educated, open-minded skeptic who takes a personal journey into the mystery (which is more than most skeptics do).  His knowledge of the terrain and environment of the Dark Divide, an area deep in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, comes forth in his writing, as does his appreciation of the natural beauty of the area.  

This book doesn’t necessarily persuade the reader that bigfoot is real, but it does something equally important.  It persuades the reader that the possibility exists, and this is often the first step into a larger world for the uninformed on the subject.  Dr. Pyle takes you on his journey with him, and shows that the mystery itself is a valuable thing for us all.  The quest is worth the journey, though the final destination of that quest is uncertain.  

And, as an added bonus, the newest edition includes a few words from yours truly as well.  

I will be making an appearance in White Salmon, WA with Dr. Pyle on October 28th where he will be doing a reading from his book.  If you haven’t had a chance to meet Dr. Pyle, you really should make an effort to do so.  His thoughtful perspective on the subject is a delight to hear, to say the very least. 

Click on the link above to pick up your copy.

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint Casts

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Jul 112017
 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprints – Pair

One of the best documented footprint finds was in Grays Harbor County, WA in 1982.  Over a period of a few months, at least nine footprints were found and cast by witnesses, the local police, and a small number of bigfooters including Dr. Grover Krantz and Cliff Crook.  

However, it has come to my attention that two very good quality replicas are being commercially and legally sold.  The two casts in question come from the original molds made by Dr. Grover Krantz and licensed to Skulls Unlimited, a commercial fossil supplier.  

The casts can be bought as a pair (click the picture or link above), or as individuals (click the picture or links below).  There are other casts from this individual occasionally available from reputable sources at various bigfoot conferences across the country.  

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Right

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Left

This track line also produced two half-casts from when the creature was running.  One half-cast was taken back in 1982 and is well-documented in the literature, but the other and its recent discovery is documented on the DVD, Bigfoot Road Trip.  Both half-casts are shown below.  

A page in my bigfoot track database is long overdue for the footprint finds during this time, and one will eventually be added.  For now, you can enjoy reading the report filed by the sheriff witness himself, Dennis Heryford, in the BFRO database by clicking this link.  

The Paranormal Outlet

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Jul 022017
 

Casts donated by Cliff Barackman are on display in the Paranormal Outlet.

Today, July 1, 2017, is the grand opening of the Paranormal Outlet in Avon, NY.  They currently have a brick and mortar storefront, a website, and a Facebook page.  They describe themselves as follows:

The Paranormal Outlet is New York’s one and only Paranormal Outlet. It is a place for the Paranormal Investigator, Ghost Hunter, Bigfoot enthusiast and Spiritualist. We aren’t just a store of gadgets, we are a hub for All Things Paranormal! Come browse, shop and learn. Sign up for lectures and more….

As the business continues to grow, they will offer not only paranormal-themed merchandise, but will host special events including guest speakers from far flung corners of the globe, and overnight ghost hunting trips to creepy places.  For more about their upcoming events, click this link.  

I look forward to seeing this store grow in the coming years.  To help them along, I donated two casts to them, which are on display in the store.  Please drop the store and check it out.  Send me photos from the store, and please tell them I sent you!

Click here for a media story on the opening.

 

Let’s do Lunch

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Jun 292017
 

Bigfoot Metal Lunchbox

I must be a nerd, because I love stuff like this.  I had a similar lunchbox in elementary school, but it had a Scooby-Doo design.  Nowadays, I can’t think of a better design than to have a bigfoot metal lunchbox.  

The design on the back isn’t so bad, either.  There’s even a lake monster in the scene.  The bigfoot pose reminds me of that scene from Letters From the Big Man.  (See below.)

Whether it’s for you, or a student who brings a lunch to school every day, perhaps this item could be a squatchy addition to what would be a normally bigfoot-free lunch.  

Back to School with Bigfoot

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Jun 282017
 

Back to School with Bigfoot

Back to School with Bigfoot by Samantha Berger and Martha Brockenbrough, just released yesterday, will certainly prove to become a favorite among teachers and children alike.  All students (and teachers) have some level of anxiety of going back to school after summer vacation, and it turns out that bigfoot does as well.  

The book is from a sasquatch’s perspective as he goes through the same ordeals a student would from trying on new shoes to getting a haircut.  I would suppose that for a bigfoot, these mundane worries would be particularly troublesome.

Samantha Berger has written a number of monster-themed children’s books before, and Martha Brockenbrough was the author behind the official Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know (Animal Planet) book, for which I wrote the introduction and fact-checked the text.  She is no stranger to the bigfoot field.  

Click this link to pick up a copy of Back to School with Bigfoot for you, your children, or their teacher!  Click here for more books that I recommend for young readers.

Sasquatch Nest eDNA Study

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Jun 232017
 

Big news on the science front is just emerging, and you can be a part of it.  But first, let me give you a little background.  

If you haven’t yet heard, some very peculiar nests which very well might have been made by the local sasquatches in the area have been found on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.  Over twenty nests have now been discovered in an area not larger than one square mile.  The site, which is off-limits to the general public, has been under observation for two years by some of the top researchers from the Olympic Project.  I will leave it to them to eventually publish the findings and results of their study at a future time.  For now, just know that this is going on, and has been for a couple years now.  

I have personally seen the nests, and I am very impressed by them.  I will go on record as saying that I believe sasquatches made them.  They were constructed by twisting and breaking off branches from the surrounding huckleberry bushes which grow up to 8 feet tall in the area.  The branches were brought to the nest locations and seemingly woven in an intentional shape that most resembles the ground nests of gorillas.  The only other contender for possibly having made the nests would be a black bear, but a biologist who saw the nests noted that if this is black bear behavior, it is undocumented black bear behavior.  Nothing like this has been seen before by anyone involved.  

Recently, Dr. Jeff Meldrum was taken to the nest site area and shown a number of the nest structures.  He took core samples from a number of the nests and will now attempt to get an environmental DNA analysis, or eDNA study, done on them.  

Environmental DNA, also known as eDNA, is a way to get DNA from the environment, hence the name.  This means that samples can be taken of dirt from the floor of caves, feeding sites, nests, or other locations where an animal is known to have been and tested for residual DNA, thus proving their presence.  This technique has already been used to obtain DNA from a variety of animal species, including extinct species such as Neanderthals and Denisovans, both extinct hominins (or thought to be extinct) closely related to humans.  Click here to read about these remarkable finds.  

EDNA testing is pretty expensive, though, and that’s where we come in.  Dr. Meldrum has started a crowd-funding effort to raise the money to get the samples tested.  This is something we can all do together as a community to help provide solid, verifiable, scientific evidence for the existence of sasquatches.  No donation is too small, and every dollar counts.  I have donated, and I recommend you do too.  Please share the link widely, post it on your social media accounts, and be loud and proud that you are helping to possibly solve the mystery of bigfoot.  Click this link to participate in the fund raising campaign to prove bigfoot is real by eDNA analysis.  

Sure, there is a chance that these are not nests made by sasquatches.  Perhaps this will be another dead end, like so many efforts that have come before.  But, think about it…  How would you feel if this proves bigfoot is real and you didn’t donate even a dollar?  This is an opportunity to participate in what could be the biggest scientific discovery of the new century.  It’s worth a buck.  Do it.  

Click here to donate.