Saturday, April 27, 2013
Looking For Signs
Among the first steps for anyone seeking a Bigfoot encounter, ostensibly, is to find signs of their presence. Bigfoot aficionados suggest that bedded down areas of brush, broken branches at heights above six feet and deer carcasses are solid indicators that a Sasquatch may be in the area.
Another possible sign is a rock cairn. According to the BFRO's behavior page,
'They seem to be rather "orderly", stacking rocks in cairns during searching (Fig. 16) and not tearing human food caches or backpacks apart randomly in the manner of bears. Secondly, they have a tendency to leave "gifts" in the same location in which food was deposited for them. These can range from little piles of stones, a dog skull, handfuls of evergreen shoots, to small live animals..'
On a dog walk near our home at a green belt area owned by the Weyerhaueser Corporation, I routinely see rock cairns at the trails edge, small piles of gingerly stacked stones that did not get there by chance. Intelligently controlled hands were involved in these operations, for what purpose I cannot say.
But what strikes me as improbable, and even absurd is to suggest that a creature as large as a refridgerator and a half might be able to balance stones the size of small golf balls when they are purported to to have hands twice the size of humans. Are we to assume that fingers the size of hotdogs are still agile enough to manipulate these small rocks?
Also, in order to build these little piles, wouldn't they have to travel to and from the site?
This is another long-standing issue I have with flesh and blood theorists about how Bigfoot gets around without leaving much evidence. Footprints, sure, we have a good number of casts to prove this happens, but what about moving through dense forest.
Great Apes like Lowland Gorillas leave crushed vegetation in the jungles they pass through, and they are recorded at up to 6 feet tall and weighing up to 400 lbs.
Imagine a creature twice this size not leaving more than a pile of rocks to show he had been there.
This is the conundrum for me, that a few broken branches and a matted down area of grass do not help answer sufficiently.
Tonight on the BFRO I found a couple of new reports that intrigued me.
The first is a Class B encounter (heard but not seen) in an area of Washington State where my family has a vacation cabin. Two fisherman were hiking out of an area next to the Dungeness River when they felt spooked and found large footprints. Then a crunching sound of branches breaking underfoot alerted them to the presence of a large animal very near to their position and they wrote about how it shadowed them as they continued out of the woods. A couple of years ago I was camping on the edge of our property there on the Dungeness with some friends. They laughed as I clumped a couple of three foot pieces of firewood together and then hushed them with a finger to my lips. On the third attempt, out of the darkness somewhere across the river we hard a clacking sound like rocks smacking together, smack, smack, smack, in the same pattern that I had done with the logs.
Certainly there are homes in the area, and that sound could have been produced by someone just thinking they were communicating with Bigfoot too, for all we knew, but the area is a known wilderness zone where other BF encounters have been recorded.
The second report on the BFRO speaks to the extremely odd nature of Bigfoot locomotion.
'Eric mentioned to me an interesting observation, he thinks it was avoiding walking on the patches of icy snow that was scattered all around the area, since there was no sign.
Eric described its movement as "running when it was walking." It had incredible speed as it left, and it was just walking away.'
I have not read anything from Dr. Meldrum that addresses this weirdness, but in the report, a group of Elk hunters in Colorado saw a very large, white Sasquatch as it approached them at their campfire. When it turned to leave, 'Eric described its movement as "running when it was walking." It had incredible speed as it left, and it was just walking away.'
This description is in defiance of physics as we understand it. In our gravity based world, bipeds either walk or they run, they cannot do both, but yet this creature appeared to do just that, and with 'incredible speed'. The sheer mass of a 10 tall creature would seem to perclude rapid motion, but again, not in this story.
Another very interesting comment made by the writer of that post was in regard to the size of the animal. "It looked like a giant man", a male. The shoulders were very wide, extremely wide and bulky in the chest. His estimate was 5' 6" wide in the shoulders, and its overall height was between 9' 6" - 10'. Eric said "that it wouldn’t fit through a standard doorway.'
Italics and underline, mine.
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