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I have felt the need to post about cryptids for some time, but nothing concrete has come my way, so I have allowed the subject to simmer on the back burner. But tonight, I am proud to say I have a few things to say.

It all started with a Facebook post by a friend that shows what appears to be a stegosaurus carved on a Buddhist temple some 800 years ago.

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(I didn’t find any photo credits)

I asked, like any good cryptozoologist if it could be real or photoshopped? It looks vaguely like a stegosaurus and I’m not opposed to the idea that mankind walked the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. Besides, one of my favorite childhood books was The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek by Evelyn Sibley Lampman. (The sad part of that confession is that 40 years later, I still remember the stegosaurus’ name and found the title of the book by googling: GEORGE THE STEGOSAURUS.) Heck the stego in the photo could be George.

No, George was in the United States, not Cambodia.

I did a quick search and found a lot of links, but this one made the most sense to me: The GeoChristian .

I’m not trying to disprove it is a dinosaur, but the contention that it could be a chameleon is a pretty convincing argument. I babysat a chameleon once and it looked a lot like that carving. I think I babysat the chameleon. Maybe it was the Chinese Water Dragon. But I stand by my statement: it could be a chameleon and not a stegosaurus. Although, it would be very cool if it was a stego, but no fossils of one have been found in Cambodia.

There are fossils of stegos near where George (the Shy Stegosaurus) lived.

That took me on a search for other odd news and I found (of course) some more Bigfoot links, all at one site: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com. First, there’s an article where noted anthropologist David Attenborough admits that Yeti could be real. Then film of a Sasquatch taken in Canada.

They provide a link to the very cool map by Joshua Stevens covering 92 years of Bigfoot sightings.

Of course, I had to follow other links, like the Dogman of Michigan – just in time for Hallowe’en, I think.

New footage of the Loch Ness monster. (Possibly)

Oh heck, if you followed the first link I posted, you’ve probably already read all the great information on the site. There are a whole lot of links to UFO sightings, for instance.

And at least one very humorous story of a horse standing atop a garage roof where it had managed to get itself stranded the night before. Sadly, there was no photo attached to that story. I wanted to see the horse on the roof.

Aside from horses that do strange things, I think there are a lot of mysteries out there that we will never explain. One of the most recent to come across my desk is the tale of the ghost at a Milton-Freewater, Oregon, cemetery. It’s featured in some news articles, but even better – the photographer, Nathan Ziegler, has a blog.

Now, that’s freaky stuff.

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Bigfoot? Maybe Not

As I was ducking out the door this morning, my husband said, “Oh, there’s an article on Bigfoot on the front page of The Oregonian today.”

He knows I believe. He doesn’t believe and he spends a lot more time out there in the woods, alone, than I do.

The first thing I did when I got home tonight (while I ate the lovely dinner he prepared for me: left-over chicken, potato salad and rolls) was read the article. It’s eerie enough to make you believe that there’s a Bigfoot loose in Umatilla County, on the Reservation. You can read the full article here, but I will attempt to summarize it.

Back in November, strange sounds began to emanate from a swampy area that is close enough to a housing development that residents sat up and took notice. Some say it’s a fox. Others say it could be coyotes. Most lean toward Bigfoot. The sounds can raise the hair on the back of your neck.

One woman, Colleen Chance, even recorded the noise on her cell phone. The link is in the news article and I urge you to go read about it and listen to the cell phone recording. Turn up the volume. You can hear a stream running and then the sounds, back in the background. Over and over and over.

I was so excited! I planned a blog post while chewing on my chicken.

My husband said, “You’re going to blog about this, I know.” I nodded, being as my mouth was too full to speak.

He doesn’t read my blog.

When I settled down at my computer, the first thing I did was go to the link at Oregonlive.com to listen to the cell phone recording. And it is weird. If you didn’t read the article, at least listen to the recording.

Before I wrote a blog post, however, I wanted to get everything in order. In my mind, it is important to lay out all the facts and give the reader an opportunity to make an informed decision. I’ve heard a lot of the noises coyotes can make and some of them are pretty eerie and hair-raising. So I figured I could google coyote noises last.

I searched for fox noises first.

I decided on the spot that I wasn’t going to write the exciting blog post I had envisioned.

But the more I thought about it, the more disappointed I got: why didn’t the original investigative reporter – you know, the one who got paid to write the Oregonian article – bother to google fox sounds? Several witnesses said they thought the noise could be foxes.

I believe the whole point of researching something is to, well, research it.

Several witnesses said it could be coyotes.

I’ve heard all of those coyote sounds and more. We once had a coyote that stood outside the circle of light from our camp and barked like a lost dog. Our own dog was coyote-wise and crowded the fire more. My husband and my son sneaked off into the dark and circled around to see the coyote. (Yes, we do weird things like that when we’re camping – go sneaking around in the dark sans a flashlight in hopes of seeing what is out there.)

http://www.soundboard.com/sb/Cougar_Puma_Sounds

(Check out the Female Cougar in Heat sounds)

So now I’ve done the comparisons for you. Comparisons that I think should have been done by the first reporter, and probably could have been done by any one of the witnesses simply by typing in “fox sounds” or “coyote noises” into the search engine of their choice on the Internet. It’s amazing what a little looking will get you.

I am disappointed that I can’t come here and give you the definitive “BIGFOOT IS REAL” post that I wanted to. I was even going to invite my dear friend, Jodi, on a quest into the swamp in Umatilla County.

That disappointment is tempered with this: I haven’t seen a red fox in ages. Jodi just released one on to her property. And I am certain there’s a whole family of them living in Umatilla County, mixing it up in the swamp. And that gives me peace.

What do you think? Do you think it still could be Bigfoot? Or a cougar in heat? Or are you like me, and you find the red fox sounds eerily similar to the cell phone recording?

(I do not classify this as a hoax. I truly believe the people interviewed are believers in something out there just as I am. I am not making fun of them in any way. I just made a comparison and found myself disappointed in the outcome. That is all.)

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OMG!

I am so excited!

Donald (my husband) picked out this wonderful documentary on Netflix tonight and I am absolutely convinced! It’s a foreign film with subtitles and it is a whole lot more believable than a lot of stuff I have seen promoting Bigfoot hunting. I mean, these Norwegians take documentary serious.

JODI – yes, I mean YOU. You with the possible Bigfoot tracks. Oh, by the way: I got to thinking on those tracks and they could be juvenile Sasquatch. Juvies have an arch. Think on it, OK?

Anyway, JODI – you must watch this documentary!

This is serious stuff. We have missing teenagers in Norway. The entire film crew of this documentary has disappeared: the narrator, the cute girl with the funny faces, and both camera-people. One was a Christian and the other was a Muslim. This could be important: trolls can apparently sense a faith in God. They hate God.

Here’s a trailer of The Trollhunter (2010) with English subtitles…

 

OK folks – let’s get serious: trolls in Norway… it isn’t a big stretch to figure out we have Sassy here in the USA.

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I had it in my mind to quote a folk song about Pike’s Peak, but the one I was thinking of is actually about Pike County (“Sweet Betsy from Pike”) (and which could be any number of Pike Countys). I couldn’t remember the name of it, though, and had to google it. And while I was trying to google it, I came up with an interesting tidbit about a folk song that was purportedly taken from a poem written by an American poet after her visit to Pike’s Peak. That song is “America the Beautiful” and the poet was Katharine Lee Bates.

So now I know something new.

The end to my visit came and we had to say good-bye to my son, his beautiful wife and precious little Justin.

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You can imagine how hard it was to leave this guy!

We decided to drive to the top of Pike’s Peak before we left the Colorado Springs area but when we reached the park day pass kiosk, we were informed that you could not drive to the top due to high wind conditions. Oh well, we decided to make the best of it and drive as high as we could (which was between 11,500′ and 11,900′, right at timberline. The high wind danger lay where there were no trees to shelter the road from the wind.

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Whoa! This was the most promising sign for an encounter with Sasquatch that we’d seen yet!

I was on high alert now. (Or as my mother would say, “Look! A Lert!” and we’d all look.)

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For one thing, I perused the little pamphlet they gave us back at the gate, hoping to glean some information on Bigfoot sightings in the area. All I learned was that you need to be worried about lightening. I don’t dye or highlight my hair and Terry doesn’t have enough hair to worry about, so we weren’t too concerned about lightening.

I suppose lightning could be a problem.

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We drove as high as we could, then turned around and started back down. We stopped at the gift shop on Diamond Reservoir to take some photos and go for a Nature Hike.

No, not that kind of Nature Hike. The real kind where you look at flowers and trees and stuff and a little brochure tells you what you are looking at.

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Terry found a Fred Flintstone mobile. sitting at the end of the Nature Hike.

The Nature Hike was supposed to take “fifteen to twenty minutes”, but that must be for people who are using canes and carrying oxygen tanks. An average person can do it in five minutes, and that’s reading every little plaque describing the flora (limber pine, kinnickinnick, aspen, Ponderosa pine, and so on).

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WHOA! Another clue that Bigfoot might be in the area! June of 2009. That was only a few months ago!

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I thought the sign was funny. The sculpture is just weird. It doesn’t look like any Bigfoot I’ve ever heard of. It sort of resembles Terry, though: bald on top, long arms, big feet. Except he doesn’t have hair on his face.

We went into the gift shop where I picked up a magnet for my fridge and Terry shopped for his grand children. I struck up a conversation with the bored-looking cashier that went something like this:

Me, “So, have there been any Bigfoot sightings lately?”

Cashier: “Not here, but last year there were a couple engineers who said they saw one down on Green Ridge.”

Me: “Cool!”

Cashier: “I know. I’d love to see one. But I like things like that, like ghosts and stuff. I’m from Manitou Springs and there are a lot of ghosts there.”

She elaborated with a little help. I could have spent all day talking to her. She told me the history of Manitou Springs as related in my previous post and she assured me that Bigfoot sightings do happen on and around Pike’s Peak.

Terry and I made one more stop on the way down. He wanted a photo of the narrow canyon leading to Colorado Springs. While he was taking his photo, I caught this one of the US Army searching for Bigfoot on Pike’s Peak:

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Yes, that’s a Black Hawk combing the tops of the trees.

colorado 189At the foot of Pike’s Peak we found Santa’s Workshop, but the parking lot was empty. Guess it is too early in the season. But just in case you ever wondered where Santa’s Workshop is, it’s in Colorado, at the base of Pike’s Peak.

It’s a long way from the North Pole.

And still no Bigfoot.

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That isn’t Bigfoot. It’s my brother. He’s protecting his brain from mind-reading Space Aliens. Maybe that’s why my husband thinks my family is so weird?

Naw, couldn’t be that.

I was surfing the news today when I found this interesting article: Bigfoot Trackers Say They Have A Body

There’s going to be a news conference on Friday Evening, August 15th.

Why am I telling you this and what does it have to do with my brother?

Well, the news has been kind of weird lately. A couple weeks ago, the infamous Montauk Monster surfaced. There was a poll on CNN asking what everyone thought and I marked that it was definitely a griffon (not to be confused with a grif-fawn, which is what Murphy is: a “Wirehaired Pointing Grif-FAWN”, which sounds very pretentious. He’s a grif-fawn to distinguish him from griffons, which are what the Montauk Monster is.) OK, it really is not a griffon. It’s a dead raccoon with the nose chewed off, but it was fun while it lasted and the body has mysteriously disappeared so science will never get to ask those questions. Like, why was all the hair gone?

And a couple days ago, a deputy in Dewitt County, Texas, filmed the legendary chupucabra: the “goat-sucker” of Mexican lore, which is a hairless dog-like animal with short front legs and long back legs. The creature in the film looks sort of like a coyote that got shaved. Or a coyote/dog cross. It certainly doesn’t look like some sort of goat-sucking demon of the night. Whatever it is, it is a better cryptid than the Montauk Monster.

With the breaking news that someone has the body of Bigfoot in a freezer somewhere, I just had to do some more research. I tried looking for videos on YouTube. Before you go looking, make sure you have an empty bladder.

My research took me to Bigfoot Encounters. They have an interactive map of the United States and much of Canada. Just click on a state (or province) and you’ll be directed to recorded sightings of bigfoot in your state. There have been several sightings in Oregon (the first recorded Oregon sighting was in 1897, in Harney County). I checked Idaho, Washington, Nevada and Oregon. The oldest sighting I found in a brief search was in Manitoba, Canada, in 1784.

I told my husband I was blogging about this and he said something that approximated, “Harumph.” Then he said, “I’ve been out inthewoodsnearlyallmylifeandneverhaveseen…” yada yada yada. Some people are born skeptics. Some people are just plain no fun. He made fun of the faeries, too. He thinks I am nuts.

But he’s the one who made sure the kids all knew the Legend of Falling Rock and the Lost Tribe of Rocks. You know, they post signs for them everywhere: Watch For Falling Rock, Watch for Rocks, Look Out for Fallen Rock, and Rocks on Road.Just because we haven’t seen them, doesn’t mean they aren’t still out there somewhere. I found a couple blogs that tell the Legend of Falling Rock, too.

Do cryptids exist? Do Space Aliens exist?  Does my brother need to wear aluminum foil on his head to keep them from reading his mind?

The answer to the last question is “No, he has no mind to speak of.” And that is the last word.

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