Bigfoot Doesn't Hibernate
A letter from
From: Vance Orchard To: Bobbie Short Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 6:23 PM Subject: Rambler to the Times column (unfinished) (What are your thoughts, Bobbie?)
To: Bobbie Short
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 6:23 PM
Subject: Rambler to the Times column (unfinished)
(What are your thoughts, Bobbie?)
Bigfoot Doesn't Hibernate! From the files of the late Vance Orchard,
From the files of the late Vance Orchard,
Bigfoot tracks in snow on Photo courtesy Brian Smith In case you've wondered …Bigfoot does not hibernate around here. (Here meaning the Blue Mtns of Walla Walla, Washington State.)
Photo courtesy Brian Smith
In case you've wondered …Bigfoot does not hibernate around here. (Here meaning the Blue Mtns of Walla Walla, Washington State.)
We have photo evidence of “thousands of” its tracks found last week (Jan. 13, 2002) near the top of Scenic Loop Road by Brian Smith. One bad aspect of the trackage is they were apparently made a few days or maybe a week before Smith came upon them on his routine Bigfoot patrols. Melting of the snow dulled the outline.
There remains some evidence of toes at the front of the big prints, though, he said. Tracks seemingly were of a single individual. They were 19 inches long, indicating further a fairly sizable creature, since most tracks reported over the years here are in the 14-16 inch range. Smith put the tape measure from toe to toe of some prints and came up with a stride length of some 60-65 inches, more evidence of a pretty big one.
Returning to the scene later in the week, Smith said melting had practically obliterated the tracks. He also
This finding of Bigfoot trackage in the snow is not the first incident reported here of these creatures apparently moving about during the winter months when there was snow on the ground.
The oddity of the trackage was the fact there were three sets of tracks … i.e., three Bigfoot, one track measuring 16 inches and the other two smaller. To some of the investigators at the time, the three tracks indicated proof that a “family” of Bigfoots had been making this their home territory.
It is pretty easy for me to drift from the recent report of trackage by Smith to tell readers about a new book about our elusive creature, “Raincoast Sasquatch.” Author of this fine book is Rob Alley, who readers of my second Bigfoot book will remember as the artist doing the cover for the book. Alley once lived in Milton-Freewater and that is where we first met. He was a skeptic when he first heard of the creature but finding a 16-inch footprint started him on the way to research which has led to this book, describing the animal in settings far removed from mankind, the region from SE Alaska,
The bulk of his book consists of the many stories he has recorded from this territory, and they represent a wide range, a range that should prove of much good reading for believer or skeptic. But, it is the conclusions drawn from this and anything else said that seemed pretty pertinent.
It is certainly possible for a primate as large as the Sasquatch to exist. There is at least one extremely large hominid … known as Gigantopithecus, which, according to physical anthropologists, survived from 7 ½ to at least a million years ago.
The Native folklore of western coastal
There exists a body of documented reports from individuals on the B.C. and Alaskan coasts, among other areas, of the existence of large, hair-covered hominids.
Larger-than-human tracks displaying a typical shape with calloused soles, wide heels and no claws or human arch have been found over a broad area of the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in North America, often in association with sightings, unexplained vandalism or, on occasion, vocalizations of unusual volume and form.
If you seek more information about the Sasquatch (or Bigfoot) a read of Alley's fine book will more than fill the bill. http://www.hancockhouse.com/products/raisas.htm
The subject of bigfoot/sasquatch is coming of age, so to speak, and is getting the serious attention it has long deserved.
Findings made locally by researcher Brian Smith also indicate our own region is getting recognized (or should) as a prime “home “of the hominid called “Sasquatch.” This letter found & uploaded September 15, 2009
This letter found & uploaded September 15, 2009
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