When it comes to the subject of Bigfoot and the belief or lack of belief in these very real beings, it’s not hard to understand why people have so much trouble accepting their existence. As frustrating as it is at times to talk to doubters and want so badly to grab them up and put them in the woods and say “LOOK!” No, really pay attention. Every strange noise or experience you’ve had while hunting or hiking that you thought was odd but still rationalized into something known was more than likely them.
That being said, I HAD to see it to break out of my false sense of reality. I wish I would have had someone directing me or even forcing me to look closer at the world around me that I had forged in my own mind just how everything worked. The truck I heard coming through the woods and then stop suddenly was a pissed off buck, the sticks and half pine cones dropping all around me as I walked through the pines was a red squirrel with a bad grip. The very distinct sound of bipedal footsteps was some animal that I was about to see at any moment but never did, the owl that sounded like a guy trying to sound like an owl was just an owl with a sore throat and the rhythmic knocking I heard all around me or off in the distance was, and I actually rationalized this way, a buck rubbing on bamboo or someone up at the house hammering ALL THE TIME. If I had actually payed attention I might have realized sooner, if someone would have tried to convince me maybe I would have looked through a different world lens. I do know that seeing one had and still has such a profound effect on my view of the natural world that it changed who I was, even how I treated others. It also almost destroyed me as a man. How could this have been that these manlike beings were around me all the time and I never knew it? It’s easy when you tell yourself it’s something else. These creatures certainly don’t make it easy. They clearly want nothing to do with us other than observation. Imagine being comfortable in the worst conditions you can think of in the woods, laying in the mud or prone in the thick briars, watching, perhaps waiting for your next meal to walk by. It’s too hard for us to imagine such an existence for a sentient being, a self aware creature with super senses and high intelligence, knowing full well that man can’t be trusted, living on the fringes and finding comfort in an environment we work so hard to quell. I know little else about them and truly don’t care if I ever learn more than they exist. What I do care about is the truth that they are everywhere we’re not or at least not that often. I do care that another person could go through the years of stress and anxiety that I experienced without ever being told or shown that these beings are all too real. I’ve spent the last few years preparing for my push through making people aware of Sasquatch. I spent many hours racking my brain on how I could make that a reality. Bigfoot Odyssey is what Linda and I came up with. As much as I don’t want to be around them, researching was a shaky prospect. There are plenty of people looking for these creatures that collectively I believe have everything we need to cause the awareness we seek to promote. We will continue to grow through our push for awareness. This is not a passing fancy or hobby we could just put down at anytime. Collecting encounters, research techniques and interactions, putting them on film and presenting them to whoever will watch will be our focus for a long as we’re able. I’ll always push for people to get out in the woods, armed if possible, and really give the possibility of these creatures being there an honest chance. For those who can’t, we will do our best to show you what we KNOW is out there, hiding close in the fringes, but far from our slightest thought.
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