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By: Jim Myers
Sunday, March 18, 2018
OK, I guess I need to explain something from my last article. I’m afraid my satire about the white deer was lost on a great number of my readers; I know this because several of you wrote to me, insisting that white deer DO actually exist. Yes, I know white deer exist… and white Moose, and white Elk, and white foxes, squirrels, weasels, rabbits and mice. I was attempting to poke fun at all those who mock Bigfoot believers by saying, “Oh, that wasn’t Sasquatch you saw – it was a bear. ” Or, “Those tracks are definitely fake”. I used the white deer issue just to illustrate my point, and I was writing completely tongue in cheek. However, it is nice to know so many people are reading my articles!
So, we had our Evening With Bigfoot in Shawnee last Saturday evening, and over 70 people showed up! The vast majority of them had never been to one of our Bigfoot evenings before, so it was pretty much a brand new crowd. There were several testimonies of visual sightings within the past year, all within 12 miles of “metro” Bailey. People often ask me what’s so special about Bailey, that there are so many Sasquatch sightings here. The simple answer is, “nothing”. I am convinced that our store could be located anywhere in the Rockies and we would register just as many class A sightings. There are simply that many Sasquatches out there.
Switching gears for a moment: we’re working feverishly on the new museum addition, though it’s taking us longer than I’d originally hoped. However, I think you’re all going to be impressed with what you’ll find – not just the new displays, but how we’re doing the lighting, sound, and a few new surprises. Can’t say more than that without giving too much away! One of my goals is to make it interesting enough to keep visitors occupied for more than 10 minutes (which is the average time most people spend in the museum). Last but definitely not least: you HAVE to check out the next Mile High Mystery Conference in Green Mtn Falls on May 4-6. We have several nationally known authors and speakers coming to talk on Bigfoot, UFO’s and Missing People. Check it out at milehighmysteryconference.com. You won’t be disappointed, especially since yours truly will be the emcee!
By: Jim Myers
Friday, February 16, 2018
We’re planning our next “Evening with Bigfoot” town hall meeting on March 10th at the Shawnee Community Center, in Shawnee CO. If there’s any charge it will be minimal, as our primary goal is to bring other Sasquatch enthusiasts together to share their own experiences, and hear about other Bigfoot encounters. We average about 90-100 people at or meetings, and most of our advertising is simply word-of-mouth. Over the years we’ve built an email list of over 500 people, who have either attended one of our meetings, or who wrote us and asked to be added to the distribution list. Anyway, my point is that there is a large and growing community out there of Bigfoot Believers. While you’ll find a certain percentage of “Kooks” in any organization or affinity group, in my own experience the majority of those who are actively involved in the study or research of Sasquatch are normal, rational, and intelligent people. Some of you who are reading this are thinking, “Ha! Just the fact that you believe in Bigfoot’s existence is proof enough that you’re nuts!”. Perhaps you are right. On the other hand, I would challenge those of you who confidently declare (with a condescending snort), “Of course there’s no such thing as Bigfoot”, but who have never once done any honest-to-God research on the subject, that you are just as irrational as we’re accused of being. In the late 1800’s, European explorers returned from Central and West Africa with tales of apes the size of large men, and were met with laughter and disdain… until someone finally produced incontrovertible evidence in the form of gorilla body parts. I know, I know – we haven’t been able to produce the same kind of evidence for Sasquatch yet. There are a number of very valid reasons why not, but I won’t waste my column space explaining what these reasons are right now. Suffice it to say that there is far more than enough credible evidence out there in the form of eye-witness sightings, footprints, DNA analysis (of Sasquatch blood, hair and saliva), and video and audio recordings to prove that they exist. Just Google “Bigfoot / Sasquatch sightings”, and see how many millions of hits you get. In short, don’t mock what you actually know little (or nothing) about. And come to our store down in Bailey, and I’ll walk you through our Sasquatch Encounter museum and show you some things that absolutely defy any explanation other than Bigfoot. Or better yet, I’ll take you out in the woods and show you some things that will make you think long and hard about whether you really want to take that long Saturday afternoon hike by yourself after all. Then we’ll have another, very different conversation.
By: Jim Myers
Monday, January 22, 2018
This past week at the Sasquatch Outpost was interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, a reporter from one of the local news channels stopped by the store and said that he would like to do a local interest story on the store. I immediately replied, "No way"... just kidding :) No, we were delighted that he found our store interesting enough that it warrants a story. I hope to find out in the next day or two when the story will air. He filmed the museum - I only wish that we were already done with the museum expansion, as it should be very cool. On that note, I hope that we will be done by the end of February, so we can plan our grand re-opening of the new section.
The next day, five women college students flew all the way to Colorado from the University of Mississippi. They’re all part of the honors college at Ole Miss, and in their program they have to do a group project as Freshmen. The theme of this year’s project is “What is Truth?”, and they could go any direction what that theme. Other students in their program chose issues like current immigration law, or a religious theme like the existence of God. These women decided to go out on a limb and chose the theme of truth as it relates to the existence of Bigfoot. They interviewed us, went through the museum and then we took them up to Guanella Pass to look for signs of Sasquatch activity. Throughout their time with we had an ongoing dialogue on why we believe that Sasquatch is real, whether the evidence for their existence is based on scientific research or just anecdotal stories. In other words, how do we define Truth in the context of Bigfoot research? Thankfully, there is an abundance of hard, scientific evidence for the existence of Sasquatch, including thousands of visual sightings, hundreds (or more) of tracks, hair samples, DNA analysis of hair and blood, and on and on. And yet this is considered to be pseudo-science, and crypto-zoology. Perhaps one day this may change.
By: Jim Myers
Sunday, November 26, 2017
I’m going to tell you a story that you may find hard, or even impossible to believe. That’s OK, because I know who told me the story, and I trust his credibility. I always find it amusing – and not a little annoying, to be honest – when skeptics come into the Sasquatch Outpost to purchase something for their one Bigfoot Fanatic Friend (everyone has at least one, right?). Inevitably, in the course of the conversation they’ll say something like, “Yeah, my friend told me that he saw a Bigfoot while he was out hunting, but… I don’t know. I’m sure he saw SOMETHING – probably a bear. But I just can’t believe that he saw a Bigfoot.” I used to just let this kind of remark go, but I don’t really much care what people think of me anymore… I mean, I run a Bigfoot store, right? So now I like to reply by saying, “Oh, so your friend lies a lot, does he?” “Oh no!” They always reply, “He’s not a liar.” “Oh, I apologize. I thought you just said that you can’t believe what he said he saw. That sounds a lot like you think he’s lying.” “No, no”, they’ll come back, “Not lying, just mistaken.” From there I’ll ask how long they’ve known this friend, and how often he/she has been seriously mistaken - like confusing a 9 foot tall, hairy, bi-pedal hominid for a bear. Here’s my point (and then I’ll get on with my story): if someone you’ve known for most of your life, who has never been a liar, nor someone who habitually exaggerates the truth tells you they saw a Bigfoot… well, you either have to believe them, or call them a liar. There’s not much room for another option.
So, back to my unbelievable story, told to me by my very trustworthy friend. I’ll call him “Jim” (since that’s his name). Jim and his wife have a gifting spot in the woods not too far from “Metro Bailey” where they’ve had an ongoing, fairly active relationship with one or more resident Sasquatches for several months. Last summer they went in to check the site for activity, but this time they took one of their grand-daughters with them. After spending a couple of hours hiking around, they decided it was getting late and they should head back to the truck. Their grand-daughter was visibly “freaked-out” (that’s a medical term) by all the talk about Bigfoot, so as they walked along the trail she would periodically stop, turn around and scan the woods with her binoculars (less Bigfoot should sneak up on them from behind). After doing this multiple times, she suddenly blurted out, “Oh my God Grandma, there it is!” She had her Grandparents attention now! Jim also had a pair of binoculars, so he focused on the same area… and couldn’t believe his eyes. Squatting down between two trees with its hand up on one of the trees was a huge, dark figure. As they watched it stood up, turned around and started to walk away from them. It was headed out of the trees and into an open meadow, and Jim thought he’d have a chance to get a good look at it. Then something unbelievable happened: just as it was about to move out into the open, it seemed to rapidly shrink down in size until right before their eyes… it disappeared. Just like that – it vanished into thin air. Jim thought he was seeing things (or NOT seeing things, as it were), but there was no doubt about it – where a few seconds ago a Bigfoot was walking in the trees, now there was nothing. Jim and I have had quite a few conversations since then, trying to make sense of it all. But since I trust my friend Jim, I’ve now added a new, mysterious aspect to this being we call Sasquatch: they can disappear.
Don’t ask me to explain it, ‘cause I can’t.