American Dogman of Elkhorn

So  as many of you know, I normally write primarily about our beloved Bigfoot. But I wanted to step away today and write about a certain Crypto who is the much scarier of the two but decidedly less known.

The Beast of Bray Road himself, Dogman. Stalking that infamous street in Elkhorn Wisconsin. I must admit, I have heard of them both but never made the connection till now that they were one in the same. Although I picture him as more of a werewolf type. I was told he was actually more of a mix of canine and Sasquatch. Well then in that case, insert every joke here about their possible breeding program and then we can all move on. Need more time? Then I’ll give you the time it takes for me to explain what the veterinarian told me about my dog. I was told she was a beagle when I know that she’s a mix of Dachshund and German Sheppard. Now tell me how the logistics worked there and then I’ll try to piece together how this half hominid and half canine creature came about.

The lore had said it was first reported in 1887 in Wexford County, Michigan. But I’ve always been fascinated by the Beast of Bray Road in the state of Wisconsin, which had their first reported incident in 1936. So we are going to move this story ahead a bit.

This Beast of Burden has been described most often in two different types. So if our brain goes back to breeding again? Well It’s not my fault, It’s the fault of witnesses that led us down this path. One way it is described is as a half hominid and half canine type. Walking on hominid/human legs but having a muzzle of a canine. The second type is more of a canine in whole. Muzzle, ears, clawed hands and feet and hock legs. It is this description that has me envisioning him as more of a werewolf. The difference I guess is that there is no pesky full moon nonsense. No transformation from human, etc. And that also means my silver bracelet isn’t going to save me from a possible attack. 

Unlike Sasquatch, Dogman is known for actually attacking people. As of yet, I know of no fatalities. And no one I know is scratching their ears with their feet, which means no known cases of any humans turning into one of the creatures.

All of his features must make for an ideal predator. His sense of smell to find you is probably exceptional and if he can travel fast on four legs but use two for height you’re a goner, and of course no pesky moon controlled behavior and some idiot like me can’t kill him by shoving said bracelet into your mouth. (I’m sure I’d still try. You know, just to be sure).

In the town of Elkhorn, he is usually seen loitering on Bray Road. There was a rash of sightings in the eighties and nineties that drew the interest of reporter Linda Godfrey. Who later wrote a book based on her articles. The now famous, Beast of Bray Road. So why anyone not researching him and who may have read that book would still drive on that road I wouldn’t know. I’m sure I’ll visit someday on my travels, and naturally I would be compelled to go to it immediately and then be sub sequentially eaten and made famous as his first known kill.

But the residents themselves have a built in excuse I would definitely take advantage of. I would be like, “I’m sorry I can’t make it, I really wanted to come to your cheese tasting party, but the only way there is through Bray Road”. I mean the crappy things you could get out of doing due to that road could be endless.

I know the book on his sightings is the most known resource of him haunting that street, but we can’t leave out the awesome movie by the SyFy channel called you guessed it, The Beast of Bray Road. Despite having an actual resident of the area telling me the monster was ridiculous. I, still in the name of cheesy fun rather enjoyed it.

But if you would like more information about his hairy goodness, I found several informative and riveting videos on YouTube you could check out and of course, if you haven’t yet read Beast of Bray Road by Linda Godfrey you definitely should. And finally, Small Town Monsters recently released their documentary on the subject as well. All of which I recommend.

And if you make it out there before me remember to stick to the road, you remember what happened when the moors were used as a shortcut don’t you?

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A Walk Through History…Monastery Park

This week I’ve been squatching around in Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Before I head out I like to find the history of the land I’m roaming through. Here is some history about Yesterday’s destination, Monastery Park.

The Monastery Park is comprised of 530 acres of land that was once used as the monks orchards and pastures and a beautiful stone building once called Our Lady of the Valley Monastery. The monks traveled here from Nova Scotia in the 1900s when their former home burnt to the ground. Some of the monks dispersed and went back to Europe but twelve monks or the Trappist order, stayed together and had this beautiful piece of architecture put together. There is no fancy glass windows, etc. because the Trappist didn’t believe in having anything extravagant.

They Monastery was completed in the 1930s and had a fire in the 1950s in which they abandoned and went on to live in Spencer Massachusetts. I’m not sure, but I think this order had a fire bug with them. All in all they had three Monasteries burn down around them.

After a few years of back and forth with the property, the town of Cumberland acquired the land and turned part of it into their local library.

The land surrounding it is now nature trails (some unmarked), fields and it also holds the monument for Nine Men’s Misery. If you are unfamiliar with that tale it is the site where a skirmish during the time of King Philip’s War took place. During the fight, the Colonists were all slaughtered save nine by the Narragansett Indians, whom tortured the remaining nine and left them for dead on the spot where the Colonists made a stone monument in honor of their sacrifice which still stands today. It is now considered the first war memorial in the United States.

Both the forest trails and the monastery are known to all the locals as haunted. My sister who worked there at one time said every morning they could smell fresh coffee brewing. And while shelving one night she heard the monks chanting in the meeting room. At the time, she said the monks chants were an in thing and she thought it was a library program happening, when she went into the room to check it out no one was there. And no one else heard what she thought was otherwise loud.

In the forest its been reported that at night you can hear the Colonists troops moaning and even see one or two wandering around out there. I had a strange happening there myself yesterday while heading to the memorial site (which you can check out in the video below). I was making a video explaining about the history of the area and monument and when I got to the end of the story I heard strange drumming sound.

There are other accounts as well of chattering and whispers, peoples full names being called, and doors opening and closing. A staff member reported little stones being left on the seat of their car, but all the doors were locked. The old infirmary and a spiral staircase are considered the top hot spots.

So if you decide to come for a visit here yourself there is plenty to keep you entertained. The architecture of the monastery, beautiful grounds, playground, nature trails and plenty of rich history and a couple of ghosts thrown in for good measure. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here which As I mentioned did include some potential high strangeness. I definitely plan to come back and visit at nighttime and listen for those whispers and moans and I’ll let you know if I find anything…

My unusual video from out on the trails by Nine Men’s Misery

All pictures and videos are my own.

Copyright © June 2019

Property of Bigfootmountain and Sasysquatchgirl, all rights reserved

Walk Through Bigfoot’s Wilderness…

My trip this year to Virginia was a great one. Time with family I love, time in the forests (occasionally sun bathing), and time with a good friend. I was able to hang with Mike from Bigfoot’s Wilderness, and formerly Blue Ridge Bigfoot. He was the first person to say, “hey” when I started blogging and being serious about my search for Bigfoot. That meant a lot, and we’ve been friends since. We may not always agree on everything, but we enjoy the debate. So here’s a little Q&A for you, all the way from Virginia…

Q. What ignited your interest in Bigfoot?

A. To me, as a kid I felt that Bigfoot seemed to be more relatable than say, the Loch Ness monster. Bigfoot could be anywhere in the woods, but the Loch Ness monster lived thousands of miles away. Bigfoot also walked on two legs, probably lived in a family or group of other Bigfoot (s). The Patterson Gimlin film showed what I still believe to be a real Bigfoot. It’s evidence, plain and simple. That video is and will always be the gold standard in my opinion that Bigfoot exists. To my knowledge, it has never been debunked.

Q. What made you a believer?

A. That’s a great question. I’ve known people to have had some strange occurrences. Some paranormal, others experienced what they said was a Bigfoot. When you hear their stories, and other people’s stories as well, the only conclusion I could draw was that it couldn’t be anything else but a Bigfoot. That made me a believer but i’m actually a step beyond just being a believer, because now I know they exist. I had an encounter and witnessed a Bigfoot. 

Q. How long have you been interested in Bigfoot?

A. Since I was 6. I won’t get into the math but it was a pretty long time ago. To me, It’s alway been Patty!  I can remember our Sunday night dinners with family. I always ate in front of the TV with my TV tray in front of me. To me, the Patterson Gimlin film was the first and most persuasive piece of Bigfoot evidence I’d ever seen. 

I’ve been interested ever since I heard Leanord Nimoy describe Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin’s experience on the tv show, In Search Of. 
Patty, walking along the stream at Bluff Creek was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. At the time, I didn’t know it but I was watching a rerun. 
The sighting ocurred a few years prior. I’m pretty sure I was watching the PG Film on , In Search Of , in 1972. 
Q. What does your family think about your Bigfoot belief and you being a part of this community?
A. Well, having a Bigfoot encounter story channel at times seems weird to them, but the longer I do it the more they seem to accept it. At first my kids were not very interested. But little by little they’ve shown (some) interest. My youngest wants to be a YouTuber, at least thats what he says whenever I ask him what he wants to be. I guess he thinks its cool. I’m not sure he thinks I’m cool?! 
The community itself seems flawed and not very friendly. I really have my own world and try not to judge anyone else. Which effectively keeps me out of it. The community  can bring whatever they want to the table. It’s their right. I don’t mind people giving their opinion but please don’t tell me what to believe. 

Q. Do you believe in other cryptids as well? Aliens?

A. I definitely want to believe in other cryptids, but there seems to be very little proof or evidence. I recently read an article about the Loch Ness Monster and retrieving DNA from the waters of the Loch. If I read the article right, there may very well be something living in that massive body of water. I’m hoping more results will come in shortly. I’m all for a Loch Ness Monster, but does anyone have a real picture? The most popular picture available is from a hoax in the 1930’s. 

To be completely honest, I’ve never seen any proof of Dogmen or Mothman. But I have seen some very talented artists create some amazing pictures of them. 
And Aliens? Well, I really hope that we aren’t the only life in this universe. That’s a lonely thought. I think I’ve also read that scientists have detected several thousand Stars (suns) with planets revolving around them. Maybe around one of those stars, there’s a planet out there in that sweet spot that may have water and a suitable atmosphere to be habitable, and if so, let’s hope they’re friendly. 
Q. What prompted you to start your channel?
A. I was and still am a big fan of the Youtube channel PacWest Bigfoot. I’d been listening for several months and thought I’d reach out and tell Dave how much I like his stories. At the time I wanted to make a suggestion about other people reading a story on his channel. I was thinking maybe a minor celebrity, but he responded back and said “why don’t you do it?” So I did, and it was a lot of fun! I contacted my friends and persons of interest to document their encounters. Anyway, the rest is history and I think my subscribers and listeners are enjoying them! I really appreciate the nice comments and the time they take to listen.

Q. Have you had a channel, blog or podcast etc. earlier?

A. I did. Blue Ridge Bigfoot was my first channel but there was a change in philosophy and so Blue Ridge Bigfoot is no more.  Bigfoot’s Wilderness actually works better because my scope is larger. Even worldwide. Not just a region like Blue Ridge Bigfoot. 

Q. What is your approach to the encounters you receive?

A. When it comes to Bigfoot, there is a potential for just about anything to pop up in a story. Bigfoot and aliens, Bigfoot and orbs, Disappearing Bigfoot etc.  I ask a lot of questions and if I don’t get answers I usually just file it. I always try to be objective when reading or talking with a witnesses encounter. The process in getting the complete story can take a day, weeks or even months. It all depends on the witness themselves. 

Q. Have there been some you’ve struggled with believing?

A. Yes, of course. I listen to everybody and their stories, but I have noticed that most people seem to believe in a tangible Bigfoot, meaning something real that lives and breathes. Those who believe Bigfoot is a portal jumping alien typically have no explanations and therefore no story to produce. 

Q. What is the best or favorite story that you’ve told?

A. I like my story the best. Its called ‘The Bigfoot Incident’ on my Youtube page, Bigfoot’s Wilderness. These were real pictures, including a footprint and a Bigfoot sitting in the bushes watching our cabin, as well as the terrain of where the encounter took place. I believe it helps paint a better picture for the listener. 

Q. What are some other channels or podcasts you enjoy listening too?

A. I’d have to say (1) PacWest Bigfoot is my all time favorite. Next would be (2) Homesteading Off The Grid. This is a guy in Virginia who thinks he has Bigfoot living in the woods around his farm. He may well have Bigfoot, but the way he goes about documenting it is just hilarious. Real or not, it’s just hilarious. Guranteed to make you smile, if you can sometimes laugh about Bigfoot. Next would be a recent discovery for me, its called (3) how to hunt.com. The host of the channel is Steve Isdahl. He discusses mostly hunting experiences, but on occasion drops in an encounter story about Bigfoot. Some are from friends and family while others have been his personal experience. Very good channel. 

Q. Who would you say you look up to or admire most in the field?

A. I’ve always liked William Jevning and Jeff Meldrum. They are both extremely credible and deeply entrenched in the Sasquatch subject.

Q. What is your Bigfoot philosophy, Neanderthal, ape, etc.?

A. From the witness reports i’ve read , most believe that the physical appearance resembles that of an ape which i believe is why most instinctively say “ape.” when asked. But is it more than just an ape? That’s the question nobody can seem to answer, including me!  Maybe somebody will come forward with more physical proof, maybe even a body. Now that would be incredible. As terrible as it sounds a body is the ultimate proof of something that most people deny exists. 

Q. Do you enjoy getting out there in the woods yourself?

A. Yes, definitely. I enjoy getting out in the woods but mostly for exercise and with the family. I’m not a researcher by any means, but I have found prints in several different state parks and private lands here in Virginia. I’ve also found tree structures. Virginia is loaded with mountains and dense forest. It’s a great place to hide. 

Q. Can you tell me more about the encounter you had yourself out there?

A. Yes. On that spring break trip when I saw a Bigfoot, I like to joke that I had the tri-fecta of witness encounters. I found a print, heard talking/chattering/ape sounds and saw a Bigfoot sitting in the bushes watching our cabin from about 30-35 yards away.

Having my family there during the encounter made me feel pretty helpless. I was very concerned that if I provoked this creature, what would be the repercussion? Possible rock throwing or some other form of intimidation and maybe injure someone? I have to say it was a humbling experience. I didn’t have any real protection to protect my family and myself. 

Q. What are your future plans for Bigfoot’s Wilderness?

A. The channel is fairly new so for now I’ll just keep reading encounter stories and hopefully they’ll be well received.

*On a side note. I was receiving these pictures from Mike in real time as it was happening, and there was genuine concern there for his families safety. Luckily nothing progressed and he was able to collect what evidence he could to share with us.

If you would like to hear more about his encounter, here is the link to his story from his channel:

https://youtu.be/MWjHL8HfFAU

All pictures property of Bigfoot’s Wilderness, used with permission.

Copyright © June, 2019, property of Sasysquatchgirl and Bigfootmountain all rights reserved

Oh God..You 😈

You’re probably wondering what these three could possibly have in common? Well John Denver had to have some serious faith to believe god could possibly inhabit the body of George Burns and believing in the Jersey Devil is gonna take a similar amount of that faith, and we don’t have him in our car to make it rain inside.

I’m finally understanding the back history of this devilish creature, and I believe I chose not to write about him previously because it always confuses me, but let’s see if I have this right?

The Jersey Devil, also called the Leeds Devil is the 13th child of Jane Leeds, also called Mother Leeds. After finding out that she was going to be burdened with another child, (because apparently having the 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 weren’t a problem), curses the said child, and in turn he was born normal but then changed into Jerseys favorite cryptid, killed the midwife, then flew up the chimney like St. Nick. And now he prays on anything disturbing him in the infamous Pine Barrens. I’ve been in these Barrens for two days now, and apparently I pose no threat. I am acknowledging he may not be worried because I’m rocking my awesome pinktastic camos and singing along to Tubthumping. He’s probably popping popcorn right now and sitting back to see if Bigfoot actually bothers to come out scare me off.

Pic by me inside the Pines

I should warn you that this is the part that gives me the brain ache. How do you find a cryptid who has more different descriptions than Doctor Who?

JD (new nickname, lets make it stick) has been described as kangaroo like, wyvern like, goat headed, horse headed, hooves , horns on his head (hence the devil moniker) and clawed hands. There is more but the migraine is coming. Frankenstein’s monster has body parts from several different bodies and he’s got nothing on this cryptid.

So what description should I be looking for out here? I’m used to searching for Bigfoot. And all his descriptions are pretty much the same thing, tall, smelly and hairy. This may be too complicated for me. I think maybe staying still and singing Tubthumping may be my best bet, hopefully I’ll annoy him enough to come out and play. I mean there is only so much of that song that a person can handle right?

To get through this hunt I’m going to go with an image I think of when I consider his existence. I picture him more like a small gargoyle. It makes sense. And his tale happening at that time period could be easily explained. Mother Leeds may have gotten pregnant from someone she shouldn’t have. When she gave birth, it most likely had birth defects or possibly even still born. If stillborn, maybe they put it on the fire and now the midwife was a unwanted witness. And then boom! A cryptid was born.

I’m not saying I don’t believe in the Jersey Devil necessarily, every tale has some kernel of truth. There is a real women named Deborah Leeds that had 12 children and lived in the area where JD’s story began. And there was also a lot of political intrigue surrounding the Leeds family. Daniel Leeds, was called the “Leeds devil” because he was an almanac writer and was in competition with Benjamin Franklin, so Ben was throwing shade his way and the name just stuck. My tale is also just as good as any explanation out there. (Except the friends around her watching her giving birth). So I’ll keep an open mind as always, but like John Denver in the movie Oh God, I’m going to need more proof.

So JD, get ready to make it rain…

History obtained from Wikipedia

Gargoyle picture from google used in accordance to fair use act

Top picture from Movie Oh God staring John Denver and George Burns, with added devil by Jay Bachochin from wpihuntsthetruth.com

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Cavalier Hotel…The Shinning Sequel?

Picture from my visit this past Thursday.

I’m currently on a road trip right now. Along the way I wanted to stop at some spooky and unusual places. When I hit Virginia Beach to stop for a bit and visit my family I passed this amazing building. My first words were ” holy shinning sequel”, I kid you not. I’m picturing a wife stuck in the hotel with her crazy husband and battling a powerful hurricane. (I’ve been here for some awful storms it could totally happen).

I’m trying to reach Mr. King to bounce these ideas off him, but till then, I can share with you the history and haunted happenings of this architectural marvel.

The Historic Cavalier Hotel began construction in 1926. It took 13 months to complete and used over a half a million bricks. Imagine being the brick layer on that site. It opened with a 195 guest rooms and a grand golf course. I can only imagine how amazing it must have looked standing out on its own before the rest of Virginia Beach’s famed strip was built up.

Picture from the Virginia Pilot

The Cavalier remained the height of opulence until 1942 when the US Navy took it over as barracks and for radar training. It was cramped quarters and all parts of the hotel, including the stable were being utilized. It closed for several years after and reopened again in 1976.

The hotel had many famous guests passing through its rooms such as Judy Garland, Cab Calloway, Will Rogers and at least ten Presidents. But one guest who may not be famous but infamous is what led me to visit this hotel.

Adolph Coors

The founder of Coors Brewing Company, Adolph Coors was found dead on the grounds of the hotel after jumping out his sixth story guest room. That floor has now become a supernatural hotspot in the hotel. Witnesses claiming everything from cold spots, windows opening in the dead of night, piano being played and even muffled voices being heard In unoccupied rooms.

There is the tragedy of a cat getting out of a guest room, and a little girl looking for him, the cat fell into the pool and the girl jumped in after him, they both drowned (Very shining) A world war two soldier roaming through the halls. But to me the really creepy story that kept being reported was a very helpful older bellhop assisting guests, which would be great if they had any older bellhops.

The famous salt water pool, picture from website

Finally, I arrived from the service area but if you want to actually stay on, let’s say the scary sixth floor, be prepared for a really big scare as the rooms are priced anywhere from 400 to 600 a night roughy. The bill may kill you and then you can have the pleasure of haunting those hallowed halls yourself…

Photo from the hotel website

Here comes Sasy…

Video from sixth floor:

https://youtu.be/QVmYJ9dot-Q

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A Walk Through History…Mendon Town Forest 🌳

Mendon Town Forest, Tower Road entrance

It’s a Saturday morning and I’m having my coffee while I decide where my next adventure will take me. If you are following this blog, first, thank you again, and second, you know I’m following a pathway I believe is a possible Bigfoot stomping ground. So I am visiting parks, woods, properties (with permission) etc that correlate to this possible bigfoot green corridor. And on occasion while out on that search it takes me to places also steeped with interesting history. This is one of those places. Here’s some history of the Mendon Town Forest, in Mendon Massachusetts.

The Mendon Town Forest is one the most recent trail systems in the Blackstone Valley. This was once the home of the Nipmuc Indians. I should mention, Nipmuc is a name for the region the Native Americans lived in, not a specific tribe. It’s actual meaning is, “people of the fresh water” . In the beginning when the settlers arrived they lived peacefully alongside each other.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers purchased roughly 8 miles of the Nipmuc’s forest. It was named the Squinshepauke Plantation. Then in 1667 it became the town of Mendon. In 1675, these settlers became the first casualties in Massachusetts in what was to be named King Phillips War. The town was burned to the ground by the native Americans, only to be rebuilt in 1680. The last known genuine Native American was named Caleb. He was recorded in the town history as being the last Native paid a bounty for hunting the wolves of the area. This was recorded around 1669. The highest position in the Mendon Town Forest is named Wigwam Hill after him. He was said to have his home (wigwam, on the top of the hill). It was thought that Native Americans often settled on hilltops to communicate with each by smoke, without view obstructions.

The first person to settle on Wigwam hill was Woodland Thompson. And the first Family to settle in the forest, was the Taft family. I was luckily able to find the Taft trail out there that marked his land.

Trails of Mendon Town Forest from the town website

While you are walking down the Taft trail you will actually see some remnants of his farmhouse and the stone walls that surrounded his property.

While going through the trail systems, I was a able to pass through all kinds of history, not just the typically seen stone walls, but parts of an old mill. The first mill to ever use the Blackstone River to power itself. There were old bridges, parts of what I was sure was a stone fireplace etc. I found myself sitting on one of those said rock walls to ponder what life for them must have been like. They always say history repeats itself, I really wish it would. To go back to when all the land was green and beautiful and everyone worked together to survive would be a wonderful experience.

Archeological map of the forest

There are a lot of side trails and loops in this forest. Very thick vegetation easily able to get turned around, I definitely advise taking or downloading a trail map to take with you on your adventure. And bug spray, lots of bug spray….because on this trip, the gnats were out and ready, I was completely engulfed by them.

Lastly, we’ve heard the stories, and seen the paintings that depicts the Native Americans and Bigfoot co-existing. Did that happen here as well? Is the reason I feel so strongly that I need to investigate this area, (and that I found yet another footprint inside the area), be because he did co-exist here with them? Does he/they still remain because of Mendon’s and surrounding towns still undeveloped land? Is he still taking advantage of this possible “green corridor” to migrate to warmer climates for the winter?

Print discovered inside Blackstone Valley Corridor

Print found three weeks ago in Mendon Town Forest

Hopefully I’ll be able to answer these and other questions someday soon. But for now, I’ll just enjoy another walk through history…with or without the hairy man.

To be continued…

Video from my trip in the forest:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/92z6wLzt8G8iVHT16

All photos and videos are my own, with the exception of the Town of Mendon maps. My pictures and this post is copyrighted © May, 2019 property of Sasysquatchgirl and Bigfootmountain all rights reserved.

Thank you to the town of Mendon for hosting me.

Gnats are Back in Town…

“The Gnats are Back In Town”

By Sasysquatchgirl and a little Thin Lizzy 😜

Guess who just got back today

Those annoying gnats that had been away

Haven’t changed, they are here to stay

But man, they’re already making me crazy

They were flying all around

Looking for me, buzzin’ around, to see if I could be found

I ended up running all around

Cause they were driving me crazy

The gnats are back in town

The gnats are back in town

I said, The gnats are back in town, the gnats are back in town

The gnats are back in town, the gnats are back in town

The gnats are back in town, the gnats are back in town

You know those gnats fly together a lot

Every one of them in the forest chasing what I’ve got

Man, when I tell you, I was pissed I was red hot

I mean, I was steaming

And then those few they get right in your face

Well, I got up and flapped about the place

Man, I wish I had some mace

those nats wont stop now, til they get ya

The gnats are back in town, the gnats are back in town

I said, the gnats are back in town, the gnats are back In town

The gnats are back in town

The gnats are back in town

The gnats are back in town, the gnats are back in town

Spread the word around

Guess who’s back in town

You spread the word around

Tonight they’ll be dressed to kill

Down in the forest after the hill

They’ll follow you and blood will spill

And if the gnats wanna swarm, you better let em’

They’ve been waiting in their home, buzzin around, waiting for so long

Won’t be long till summer comes

So now the gnats are here again

The gnats are back in town, the gnats are back in town

Spread the word around, the gnats are back in town

The gnats are back in town

Been hanging ’round in limbo

The gnats are back in town again…

Inspired by true events…

Picture and video are my own

Boys are Back in Town Again, by Thin Lizzie is used in accordance with the fair use act, for parody purposes…

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Witness Story from the San Jouquin Valley

So first, before I share these pictures and short story with you I wanted to say, I always take someone at their word and try to debunk respectfully if at all possible. But this is where things often get hinky I’ve noticed in this field. It is completely okay to debunk or not even believe. But always, always do both with respect.

I see many people get tortured online for posting a pic that sometimes not even they are sure of. They are often just asking our opinion. And I know not every pic or story will hold up, but still, I implore all of you to be helpful with your debunking and respectful with your disbelief. I thank you for reading that quick soap box moment, and now here is a story from Shelly Billington who was kind enough to share her experience with me.

” Good afternoon. I would love for you to blog my short story. Here is some background before I get started. I followed a friend onto Squatch Watchers about a year, year and half ago and started learning abut the biggies..I was raised camping in Sierra Nevada and know the mountains well. In October 2018, I took my first hike, but I decided to look low because of the fires we recently had. It was then when I found my first print and tri pod. Then in January of this year I found my 2nd print. Also in February of this year I found a very cool structure that was covered with snow. I went back up the hill in March to examine it closer. To me it looked like an upside down nest. It didn’t seem big enough to be a home but would make an awesome home/trap for something smaller. I found my 3rd print when walking around that area, this one was larger than the others it was 18″ inches long and 6-7″ inches wide, and was sunk into the wet, snow melted ground about 2 1/2 inches. This is just a little background of my experiences so far for you. I am new to this. That brings us up to speed and on to the photos. On April 10th my friend and I went to the Stanislaus River here in the San Joaquin Valley, we went to check out fishing holes.. I love taking pictures of scenery while I’m out..we found a little clearing with a log to sit on. Matt sat down and was watching for striped bass to make movement and I was taking pictures of the area. The first three will be of the river from where I was standing across to the private property on the other side. It was around 6:45 in the evening and the sun was on its way down. The tree’s reflection is beautiful on the river, you will see nothing dark along side of it and no reflection of anything but the trees in the water. This was picture #89 in my camera. I sat down next to my friend and was looking at the water when he said to me, “Shelly what is that?” I said “what”? he said “over there looking around that tree”.. I said “I don’t know”, you will be able to have an idea from the landscaped view of picture #89 how far away it was. I had not yet used my zoom, the next three I used my camera to zoom in on the dark figure across the river.

I took 4 pictures in all. The one you have seen is #90 of it or they, I’m not quite sure, when looking at it blown up even bigger it looks like it could possibly have a small one on it’s back, or another looking around it from behind the tree. There is only one set of legs though. At first we thought it could be a shadow, but shadows do not have reflections on water or air and in picture #89 there is no reflection on the water.

It or they had stood there and watched us. I was in shock, not expecting one to be down here in my valley, they belong up in the mountains or so I thought. I did send the pictures to another site to get feedback. Chuck from Michigan Paranormal Time Isnow, examining and enlarging these pictures for me. Also last week I did contact the BFRO, but I have not heard back from them as of yet. I understand that they get a lot of sightings and calls.

I went back to the river to look around and nothing is the same. The tree is not there and neither is the log we were sitting on actually. When the river rises I am sure to find it again. Now my goal is to maybe find some sort of structures in the area. As far as I know there are no known sightings here in the valley. I am in awe. And to answer your questions, there were no smells, but the distance was quite far, and all this happened within a few minutes span. It was maybe 5 minutes at the most. It is funny because people talk about eye-shine and find faces in leaves and I do not see any of that. In hearing Bob Gimlin tell his story last month, I was greatly inspired to share my own. I had been out looking before for Bigfoot, and then there it was when I was not even looking for it. I am sending you these pictures, which I have explained, and you are the only other researcher besides Chuck Sutherlin to see them. Everyone else has only seen the one I posted on your site. I did go back a couple of days later at the same time of day which you asked and no, there was nothing there. I’m sending over the debunking pictures as well. You will be able to tell it was a different day because the tree is not in the water because the water level had gone down a little at that time. This has been a very exciting experience for me, and I have now convinced a few other people that they are real.”

Thank you,

Shelly

I thank you Shelly for trusting to share your stories and photos with me. I hope the BFRO or another research group can get out to your area soon to further investigate with you…

What do you think? Could it be a Bigfoot? Or maybe a large black bear? Let me know what you think. You can leave your comments here or feel free to email me at:

Sasysquatchgirl@gmail.com

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Photos all supplied from Shelly Billington.

Name that Plant…Sightings Movie Review

I recently had a chance to catch a Bigfoot movie, (yes Bigfoot, don’t let the picture fool you) titled Sightings with a release date of 2017. I’m realizing lately that we could all be missing some good movies and documentaries in this genre because we aren’t seeing Bigfoot named in the title. In the 70s, movie titles were more direct, simply titled Bigfoot or Capture of Bigfoot etc. so I hope to do better catching the newer ones coming out. If you’re writing one now and reading this, please e-mail me and let me know it’s coming…

So back to Sightings, I popped some popcorn and settled in, intrigued that an alien is on the cover. I admit it started off reminding me of the movie Signs from M. Night Shyamalan (Some spoilers ahead, proceed with caution). There was an angry father played by Boo Arnold, who lost his wife, and his daughter whom I think is a hemophiliac (because they really don’t say) because she needed clotting injections and finally a brother in law in the ranch next door (instead of a brother). Sound familiar? But it wasn’t as annoying as you might have suspected it to be.

It starts out with a phone call that bodies of dead women have been found on said angry father’s property. He was the sheriff and is now waking up on his first day of being a civilian. The bodies show no signs of trauma, or a visible cause of death. When the brother in law hears this he shows up telling him it’s the same creature that took his sister, and that she didn’t just run away. He said they needed to keep his niece safe now.

Next he gets a visit from a cryptozoologist. She has a theory that the Bigfoot are actually aliens and they are taking women with a certain compatible blood type for breeding (cue my nightmares). The daughter does end up getting attacked but she manages to get away. Now dad is a believer. They are giving a certain plant that supposedly deters the Bigfoot, they are put all over the property like garlic for a vampire, only they never once name the plant (unless I missed it…twice). So now I briefly can’t concentrate and I’m rewinding thinking, “name the God forsaken plant!”

I did eventually get over the plant thing and despite it I did enjoy this movie. The inevitable showdown does come at the end but I don’t wait to spoil the whole movie for you. I will say I especially enjoyed the background music, it was a-lot like a 50s sci-fi B movie soundtrack. So if you are a Bigfoot and Alien enthusiast then I am recommending you give this movie a chance. Then after as always you can let me know what you thought…

I watched this streaming on the Amazon Prime platform, where you can find a lot of good Bigfoot movies, and below is the link to the trailer. Happy viewing…

Sightings Trailer:

https://youtu.be/YnART9frRqw

Finding Jay…Then Interviewing and Reviewing Him

Recently I was was given an advance copy of the Finding Jay documentary to review. But then I thought since I found him, I’d steal a little more time for an interview as well. And steal is what I had to do because he’s a busy man. Busy family life, full time job, runs own production company; Chum Bucket Studios and continuing his work and investigating sightings inside the Kettle Moraine . So as I always am when someone can squeeze me in, I’m thankful for the time…

So here it is, a Q&A with Jay

Q.What prompted your interest in the paranormal?

A.We’ll have to go way back to answer this one. I think it was my fascination with Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The old Creature Features were simply the best. Of course seeing The movie ‘Monster Mysteries’ really peaked my interest with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, Yeti. Bottom line anything supernatural peeked my interest.

Q. What was your first interest in the paranormal field and why?
A. Had to be in 1977 when my brothers, sister , mom and I witnessed the most amazing display of a well lit object in the dark sky. It moved like nothing we’ve ever seen before in our lives. Of course that made me think this was an alien craft with extraterrestrial life on it. Oh the imagination of a 10 year old as my mind raced trying to figure out what this UFO was. So throughout my life I have always looked up in the sky and wanted to see another UFO. By doing so I’ve actually seen six different UFOs in my lifetime.
Q. What was your first personal paranormal experience?
A. The craziest thing that has happened to me was when I was a young boy. I was over at my friend’s house next-door, and we were playing with Star Wars figures in his bedroom. We were up on the ledge by his window of his bedroom. It was a beautiful sunny day in the afternoon. All of a sudden everything went black for about four seconds. The odd thing about this is that my friend asked me “did the lights just go out?” How could two little kids experience a black out at the same time?
Q. Who were your role models in this field and why?
A. My two role models in the world of crypto zoology has always been Linda Godfrey and Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum. They both look at everything scientifically and do their due diligence in trying to prove or disprove what is out there . Yet they have an open mind about the unknown and undiscovered.
Pictured here with Linda Godfrey out on an investigation.
Q. What made you decide to pursue this field and start WPI Hunts the Truth?
A. After having a honeymoon on the East Coast, my wife Katie and I ended up in Salem Massachusetts. We went on a ghost tour that really peaked my interest. So when we returned to Wisconsin we thought we would begin our own investigation team and try to find the truth. Because at this time the ghost phenomenon was just the beginning on TV. Our group investigated cemeteries and in abandoned buildings reported to have paranormal activities.
Q. You started out focusing on hauntings, what types of paranormal experiences did you witness if at all?
A. There was this one investigation in Rockton Illinois. It was about three am and I was in the basement of this person‘s home we were investigating. All of a sudden this coldness surrounded my entire body. I felt like I was in some sort of electric field. All the hair on my body stood up like the redwood trees in CA. The coldness did eventually go away and I wasn’t frightened at any time during this encounter, but it was truly bizarre.
Q. Any particular call or investigation that stands out to you?
A. We investigated the Ohio State reformatory in Mansfield Ohio. We were walking through the guard’s room. We heard what sounded like old jail type keys being rattled right next to us but there was nobody there. But the biggest capture was an EVP caught in the warden’s room. It sounded like a woman crying and then a gunshot then the woman screaming louder. All of this happened while the two of us were just looking around. We heard absolutely nothing because it was so quiet. We later learned from the tour guide there, that the warden’s wife was shot back in the 1940s in that same very office.
Q. Did you work with a team on those investigations?
A. Yes. Since 2007 we constantly had a revolving door with different teammates. The most we ever had was a team of 10 and at the very least a team of 5.
Q. What prompted your shift to cryptids?
A. While I was still fascinated with the ghost phenomenon it wasn’t until October 2013 when I entered the Kettle Moraine. We heard what sounded like a simian type yell in the distant woods. We couldn’t identify it. Personally, I’ve never been the big outdoor man and didn’t know all the sounds of the woods. That’s why I went onto the computer to find some sounds of the indigenous animals in Southeast Wisconsin. We couldn’t find a match. And It intrigued me so much that I thought, maybe there is something to this Bigfoot.
Inside the Kettle Moraine.
Q. What is your personal philosophy in regards to being out there in your research areas? What do you carry? What is your mindset?
A. My philosophy is simple. If you want to find an aggressive animal, bang on some trees and yell until your blue in the face. But I see Bigfoot more of a person. So if you want to look for a person you treat them with respect because you are in their home, not yours. My mindset is pretty easy going in the woods. I always go out there with the intentions of a hike with friends. I never have any high expectations of running into a Bigfoot or a Dogman or anything unknown. I do this because if something is out there and they want to make contact with me, I want to show them that I am no threat. This is why I do not carry firearms or bright lights. However, as I practice safety first, I do carry a machete and have some bear spray just in case I run into some predator animals. I feel if I carry a gun they can sense it and may not approach me. I have a 35 pound backpack filled with supplies, first aid kit, extra batteries, fire starter, rain ponchos, hunting knives, extra flashlights, toilet paper, bug spray and one extra set of underwear (no joke). You never know!
I may have to consider this underwear thing for myself now that it’s out there…

In the Kettle Moraine with Scott Markus of, “What’s your Ghost Story?”
Q. What made you pick the areas inside the Kettle you investigate and what brought you to the kettle for the first time? And what is your favorite time of day to hike?
A. We ended up in the Kettle Moraine because we were looking for the Beast of Bray Road. We figured the Kettle Moraine was not too far away from Bray Road and this was a perfect place to look. This is when we heard the simian type yell that we could not identify and peaked my interest ever since. The best time to go out is at night. You weed out any other people that might be out there hiking, biking or horseback riding. I never like to go out during the day because you can get a false positive reading when it ends up being a person. At least at night you weed out a large percentage of human contamination.
Out in the Kettle for a night hike
Q. How does it feel living right near Bray Road? Is it just a regular street to you now since you drive on it daily?
A. It’s very nice to have Bray Road in my backyard. It has never become a regular street to me because of the two sightings I’ve seen in the past five years on that road. 2 things I can’t explain but sure were weird. 

Bray Road, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Q. Do you feel as though your research and interest in encountering Dogman has waned or are you still actively investigating those encounters?
A. Not really. My main focus is in the Kettle Moraine in search of the Wisconsin Sasquatch. However, with that said I am still always looking out for ‘The Beast’ as a drive up to the Kettle.

Q. What was your first BF encounter like?
A. I have had four encounters of Bigfoot. They all weren’t up close Harry and The Henderson’s style, but unique enough to know what it was. The first one was really quite extraordinary. It was at night in the woods with no light, the snow filled the forest floor and you can see like an animal without any lights. I saw this 8 foot being swaying from side to side and then it glided as if it was on the wire to another tree. I wasn’t scared as I was more intrigued.

Q. What gave you the push to create a documentary?
A. As I am the type of guy that carries around a camera and takes pictures and videos daily, you can imagine what I do when I’m out in the field. So I have 2 external hard drives filled with over 4 TB of documented video, pictures and audio. It was in 2018 that I wanted to go back and look at all of my documentation for research sake. Then I thought maybe I’d put out a :20 minute video of me talking about my 5 year journey to and out to people at events or conferences. While I have loads and loads of testimonies of the people I went out with I thought maybe I could get them on camera to talk about some of those encounters. The next thing I knew I had a full blown documentary going on. By early 2019 FINDING JAY was born.

Q. I’m sure many man hours went into this project, how does it feel now that it’s complete? What is the official release date? And where will you premiere it?
A. I lost track of how many hours I put into this project last September. I have put my whole heart and soul, blood sweat and tears into this project. I finally finished FINDING JAY in March 2019. As I put my hands up like Rocky Balboa in Rocky I was relieved, exhausted and excited all rolled into one. I will be preparing this film at the PA Bigfoot camping adventure in Farmington Pennsylvania on May 31st in front of a captive audience. The Blu-ray disc will be available June 1st, as I’m taking pre-orders now. FINDING JAY will be released to stream on Amazon Prime Video July 1st.


Q. You can say you’ve probably investigated all things paranormal, do you feel each phenomena is it’s own entity or do you feel like they may be all from the same pot so to speak?

A. I wish I had the answer but when it comes down to it … I really don’t know. However, if you really want my theory I’d tell you I speculate all things cryptid, paranormal and alien are from one in the same.

Q. If you were in a position to bring a Bigfoot In alive or dead, do you think you would leave them free or bring in the proof.
A. I’m an advocate for Bigfoot. Whether part man, part animal, or all animal, I have the utmost respect for them. I would love to have a million dollars and appear on Jimmy Fallon and be the envy of millions of people but honestly at the end of the day, I truly like being ‘Just Jay’. Close my eyes at night knowing I have integrity, a good heart knowing I’m a simple man. So to answer your question, I’d leave them free and respect their dead if a body was found (documented with video & photos of course).

Q. What is your thoughts on how mainstream bigfoot has become, he is a household name now, do you think it helps us or hursts us?
A. I think it helps bring awareness. It also helps people talk about and come forward to report their sightings/encounters without being ridiculed. That in itself will help us move forward with new data and finally learn the truth: Bigfoot Does Exist.

Q. What is the most important thing you’d like us to take away from watching Finding Jay? 
A. I want people to watch this film with an open mind and come to their own conclusion without me telling them what it is.

Q. You’ve mentioned in a recent social media post you may have found a pathway bigfoot could possibly be using. Is this your next focus? And can we hopefully expect documentary number two from your findings? 
A. Yes, maybe in another 5 years I’ll have enough data to create another film. In fact my youngest daughter already has the title for my second film called ‘Found Jay’.  Now as far as ‘the corridor’ I have no idea …just a hunch. While I google this area for Google Earth I clearly see where the forest is thicker and thinner I theorized this is a great place to cross. 

Q. If you never found any evidence if this documentary could never be made, Would you consider time out in those woods as wasted?
A. No. It’s never a waste of time because 13 out of 15 trips in the woods has only given me squirrels and birds anyway. Still, if there wasn’t any evidence at least I’m getting out in nature to get away from technology and hear myself think.
I second that one…
Q. What advice would you give to an up and coming researcher if you could?
A. My advice is get out there and Discover for Yourself! Question everything yet have an open mind. There clearly are no experts in this field because not one person has all the answers. There are also clearly hoaxes and/or misidentifications. The only true way to discover is to ‘be out there’ whether it’s the woods, a cemetery, a creepy road or looking up into the sky once and a while. DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF.
And now the review…

I’ve popped the popcorn and settled into another Bigfoot documentary, or have I? And keep in mind I’ve seen quite a few. First thing that reeled me in was an adorable boy (I wonder who’s) advertising Chum Bucket Studios. This beginning reminds us that like other cryptid documentaries it is self produced, directed and edited. We are not in this field for the money, we are in it for the love of this creature and to educate people on his existence. With that said, most documentaries are the telling of witness encounters and pontificating on what manner of species he could be. And there is nothing wrong with that. I enjoy many of them. I believe witness encounters because I believe he exists. Sometimes you just have to have faith. But in Finding Jay there needn’t be any pontification because there was actual proof to see, hear and believe…or not for yourself. The film was the culmination of 5 years of filming and documenting that researcher Jay Bachochin had from his adventures inside the Kettle Moraine. If you don’t know the Kettle, which is located in Wisconsin. It is a forest known for being a hot bed of all things paranormal.

The Kettle Moraine State Forest

Just like my stomping ground The Freetown Forest here in Massachusetts it has everything from aliens to bizarre cryptids. Never a dull moment. And that is much like the ride this documentary takes you on. Never a dull moment. There are witness accounts, of course, both Linda Godfrey and Mary Marshall The Paranormal MD make an appearance here amongst others, discussing their investigations out there with Jay.

Jay with Mary Marshall inside the Kettle.

But you will be busy thinking on the evidence put forth for you. I don’t want to give anything away because you need to see it for yourself and decide what you believe for yourself, but I will say there are moments I don’t think you will be able to logically explain away, but with every piece of evidence there was also documented attempts to debunk it.

I don’t want to give away anything but this picture is a “what is that” moment.

This documentary has a running time of 2 hours and 6 minutes. I know most documentaries you see on Amazon are maybe at most a little more than an hour, But this moves at a fast past and is expertly edited but again you will focus on the evidence. And you will most likely be making it longer by rewinding a few parts saying to yourself, “what is that?” I really enjoyed this documentary and I recommend it. It makes me want to head to The Kettle myself someday, then someone can film a documentary about finding me because I most likely won’t find my way out…

Finding Jay is available for pre-order now for Blu-Ray and will be available for streaming services on July 1st. You can also catch Jay at the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Camping Adventure next month. He will be presenting there with his son Blake.

And also on the Travel Channel next month in, In Search of Monsters.


To pre-order Finding Jay go to www.wpihuntsthetruth.com

Finding Jay Trailer:

https://youtu.be/yb5PLOjUMrk