By: Jim Myers
Monday, June 06, 2016
Last Saturday evening I took a group of 7 people and two volunteers on a night squatching expedition. We went to the trailhead for the Rosalie Trail, parked our vehicles and hoofed it around a mile up the trail. I've been up this trail numerous times in the daytime, and there are many signs of Sasquatch activity along the trail - so much so that I thought it would be a perfect location for an night hike. Only one problem: there's a stream that runs along the path for at least the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile - and it is so loud that you cannot hear anything above the noise. When I was by myself, this issue never occurred to me, as I was preoccupied with all the tree breaks and tree structures I was seeing. But at night, one of our major strategies is just sitting and listening - for long periods of time. Well, this ideas was completely out the window with all the noise of the stream. I was able to show the group some of the more interesting tree "art", and we went to our gifting area and left some new, non-edible objects. A couple of months ago I stuck an apple and an orange about 15 feet up on one of the trees in this area - jammed hard against two jagged, broken off branches. Up until about 6 days ago, both fruits were still in place. On Saturday evening the apple was gone. I realize that a raccoon or some other climbing critter could have taken it, but it was jammed really hard onto that spike and would not be easy to remove. Can't say it was taken by a Squatch.... but can't say it wasn't either.
We passed the evening without incident, and headed back out around 12:30. We sometimes stay longer, but since we couldn't hear anything anyway, decided to cut the night short and get some sleep.