By: Jim Myers
Friday, July 15, 2016
My wife and I own an eclectic and unusual little store in Bailey called The Sasquatch Outpost. We sell hiking, camping and fishing gear – and, of course, absolutely anything that has to do with Bigfoot. Yes, I know it’s a strange name for a store… especially given that Sasquatch is a mythological creature, right? Well, that depends on your perspective. Personally, I am sure that Bigfoot (same creature, different name) is as real as you or me – but don’t take my word for it. Just talk to any of the 60+ people who’ve come into our store to tell us their eye-witness stories, and to put their pin in our Colorado Sasquatch Sightings Map. Stories like the one I heard one afternoon in early April from I guy I’ll call Doug. It was around 2 pm, and as soon as Doug walked in the store I could tell something was up. I guessed him to be around 50 – tattoos on his arms, fairly big guy. He was clearly agitated, and his eyes darted around the store like he was looking for someone. “Is there something I can help you with?” I asked. “Well, I really hate to ask this question...” He hesitated a moment… “but, do you have someone out in the woods in a costume?” I replied that I did not. “Why?” I asked, “did you see something in the woods?” He said he had. I asked him how long ago, and he replied, “About an hour.” He was clearly in shock, and as he told me his story his hands and voice trembled. He was hiking up the Ben Tyler trail (about 5 miles South of Bailey) with his pit bull around noon. He was looking down at the trail, and as he turned the corner at one of the switchbacks his pit bull suddenly put her tail between her legs and literally backed up between his legs. He knelt down to catch her collar, then turned to look up the trail to see what had spooked her. Standing in the trail, not 40 feet ahead was a tall, hairy creature – reddish brown hair, and dark, intense eyes. His first thought was, “what am I seeing?” As he stared in disbelief, the creature inhaled and blinked its eyes – and at that point he literally turned and ran for his life, straight down the side of the mountain.
To read more stories like Doug’s, or to send us your own story, please visit our website: sasquatchoutpost.com, or come by and visit us at 149 Main Street in downtown Bailey.