By: Jim Myers, owner of the Sasquatch Outpost in Bailey, CO
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Being in the business of Bigfoot, we have many opportunities to chat with visitors who come into our store. Some are absolute believers, quite a few are somewhere “on the fence” (I don’t not believe in Bigfoot!), and of course there are the skeptics. OK, I’m going to get up on my soapbox for a moment, and then I promise to get down. What I find most amusing – and if I’m honest somewhat annoying – is the attitude of the latter group, who confidently affirm that Bigfoot could not and does not exist, and that every person who says they’ve seen one is delusional. A couple of days ago a camper came into our store after spending a night at Wellington Lake (a known Bigfoot hotspot). After visiting the museum, they came to my wife and said that they’d heard screaming in the forest the previous night at 1:30 am… and it was just like the noise they heard in our Sasquatch exhibit. As soon as they left, another couple walked in who’d also camped at Wellington Lake the night before. My wife asked if they’d heard any screaming in the wee hours of the morning. The wife immediately rolled her eyes and said “No, but it was a mountain lion”. Hmmm. In other words, she did not hear a sound, but somehow knew instinctively that it was a cougar… the sound she didn’t hear. So I’m supposed to accept her confident (no adamant) assertion that the sound she didn’t hear, and didn’t even ask what it sounded like, was a puma. Sounds delusional to me! I haven’t found a skeptic yet who has honestly given any time to seriously consider the mountain of evidence that is available today proving the existence of Sasquatch. OK, I’m getting off my soapbox now.
What I actually PLANNED to write about is the idea that it is actually possible to communicate – albeit non-verbally – with Sasquatch. No, I’m not talking about mind-speak or telepathy (I’ll save that for another posting). I’m talking about habituation or using gifting sites. There are some generally accepted assumptions that Bigfoots are 1. Highly intelligent 2. Curious 3. Want to communicate with humans if they can do so without jeopardizing their safety. We’ve set up several gifting sites around Bailey – usually off the beaten path, in areas where we believe Sasquatches are active. We will place several “interesting” objects at the site, such as marbles, seashells, colorful rocks or whatever. Before leaving we always take a photo so we know exactly how we left it. Nine times out of ten, when we return one, two or three days later, the site has been altered. The changes are usually subtle – objects are re-arranged, turned over, or “disturbed”. And on one occasion, a blue jay feather was introduced that we had not put there – our first re-gifting. Interesting experiences from a non-existent, mythical creature. I’m just saying.