The Black Shuck

The Black Shuck, Shuck coming from the old English word for devil or fiend and is essentially considered a nocturnal specter from the folklore of the British Isles.

It was first recorded in print in a 1850, journal titled the Notes and Queries which describes “Shuck the Dog-fiend”; “This phantom I have heard many persons in East Norfolk, and even Cambridgeshire, describe as having seen as a black shaggy dog, with fiery eyes and of immense size, and who visits churchyards at midnight.”

It’s appearance was regarded as a portent of death, it is generally supposed to be larger than a physical dog with glowing eyes, it is often associated with electrical storms, crossroads, places of execution and ancient pathways.

Black dogs are almost universally thought of as malevolent, although few are held to be directly harmful. However this witnesses sighting believes if not for the Shuck, he may not be here now.

“ I saw one and it was no dog and definitely not a wolf because no wolves live anywhere near me,it looked just like this drawing, other then the eye shape and no dog or wolf could vanish like that in thin air. If you read other legends they are protectors of children and women… if there a warning of death, why warn you if you cant change it…..? because the secound I saw it a car sped past me by an inch (the driver told me to go ahead to cross, you know the drivers who only move when you start crossing) if I didnt stop to stare at that black shuck for those few seconds, then I would have stepped out and been run over or at least my foot, I belive it was a shuck that saved me”

One of its earliest encounters comes from an incident at the Peterborough Abbey. It was recorded in 1127 and one of its most notable ones is an appearance is at the churches of Bungay and Blythbourgh in Suffolk on August 4th 1577. The Black Shuck was said to have burst in through the doors of the church, it sounded like a clap of thunder. It ran past a large congregation, killing a man and boy and causing the church steeple to collapse through the roof. As the dog left, he left scorch marks on the north door which can be seen at the church to this day.

I’m not sure about Black Shucks motives here, but black dogs seen in church yards is thought to be to guard the church from an evil befalling it, and some churches were said to bury a black dog alive on the corners of its property for that reason. So guardians and protectors or evil hell hounds and portent of doom probably depended on when and where you saw them and it’s appearance but either way I’m not messing with any black dogs I’m England…

So, what are my thoughts on the Shuck? Well in history black animals have had some mystical beliefs surround them, ravens, black cats, etc. so I can imagine they would be afraid of a black dog wandering in a church yard or cemetery as well. We still to this day are superstitious about black cats. And as for wether or not it could be a spectral? Since I lived in a haunted house for 20 years I can believe a ghostly dog may roam about.

There is a lot of energy, good and bad floating around this planet It’s not hard to believe it is possible to manifest itself in different ways. Who knows? There have been many witnesses to keep this lore alive through generations to come…

Some of the information sourced from the following:

Wikipedia, Deviant Art, Pinterest, Daily Mail, google

Trees Or Not Two Trees…

What do you see when you look at this picture, and where the arrows are directing you where to look? Don’t answer yet! Now read the following sighting report below , then look again.

David Arceneaux said he felt a chill as he looked across Block Bayou at a line of trees about 100 yards away.

“I’m not crazy. I don’t do drugs and I’m not a drinker,” Arceneaux said before telling his tale of seeing not one but two Bigfoot-like creatures huddled together one December morning.

The Nederland, Texas, native visits Oak Bluff Cemetery about once a month to clean the graves of a friend and a cousin, something he has done for years without incident. But on an overcast, windless day, Arceneaux said he got the fright of his life.

“I heard a blood-curdling scream and a lady nearby asked me if I was OK. I told her it wasn’t me,” Arceneaux said. “We walked over to the water and looked to the left then straight ahead.”

He said what he saw next amazed him. Two Bigfoot-like creatures who had been throwing rocks in the water looked across at him and the unknown female. One was standing next to a tree, arms around the trunk and the other was squatted down. As the second creature rose from the crouching position Arceneaux estimated the creature was about eight-foot tall. So he snapped a photo with his phone, he said.

“All of a sudden they started walking then running through the woods,” he said of the bipedal creatures. “When they began to run, the lady said ‘I’m leaving’ and left. I stayed a few more seconds and then thought there may be a way for them to cross here so I left, scared.”

Arceneaux said he could see the face of the creature “clear as day.” There was hair from the mouth down like a man and when the creature turned he could see hair hanging down its arm.”

Now go back again and look at the picture. Do you see anything different? Did you opinion on the picture change at all when you looked again?

For some, your opinion probably didn’t change, but for others? Well they may have seen two Bigfoot standing under those arrows (Arrows were already there). The reason I put you all through that little exercise is because, when you’re in that situation and have had an encounter that overwhelming you are likely to see Bigfoot because it’s on your mind at the time and likely always on your mind. I haven’t had that experience yet I admit, but I would imagine it’s pretty traumatizing and that I would probably see Bigfoot in my toast as well.

So although my opinion of the above is trees, it does not mean he’s faking the picture or trying to hoax you etc. He may actually see Bigfoot in that picture. He was there we were not. When you’re in that situation you have a completely different perspective. It’s funny, most all agree Bigfoot can most likely blend well into his environment and that, that is why he is able remain elusive and disappear back into the forest a second, but yet if someone shows a possible example of that, we all yell trees!

The purpose of writing this post was to explain that when you are in the woods vulnerable and you see this creature I think you could get a form of PTSD from it and everything you see then comes up Bigfoot.

So when we analyze these kinds of hinky questionable looking photos on the internet let that person down with respect. Don’t always believe they are hoaxing you from the start, because you never truly know. If they believe it’s actually Bigfoot then they are not trying to hoax. So when you get ready to type “trees”, type kindly, we will never truly know what they thinking because we weren’t there, and just because you’re being kind with your comments and reviews it doesn’t mean you accept their picture as Bigfoot it just means you have class…

Disclaimer:

Although I believe in my opinion, that the above picture looks like trees, it does not mean I don’t believe he had an encounter or that He doesn’t believe those are Bigfoot In that picture…

Above excerpt of encounter from:

https://www.tribdem.com/news/man-claims-he-saw-2-bigfoot-like-creatures/article_dfe3a245-c614-5057-81fa-70077ae0a17f.html

Bigfoot..The Conspiracy

I was able to carve out some time to catch another Bigfoot movie this month so I picked Bigfoot…The Conspiracy. I normally never look at descriptions or reviews before I watch and review, but I admit I did cheat this time and peak at others reviews on Amazon.

The reviews were as expected from hate to enjoy but I fall to enjoy here on their scale. One reviewer said they obviously didn’t do any research because they had Bigfoot’s behavior all wrong and another said they definitely did their homework because their behavior was portrayed straight on. I literally have no idea what to say other than one of those reviewers obviously doesn’t know anything about Bigfoot. Just saying. After you see it you can choose which one you agree with.

So I put on the movie waiting to see how well the big guy ways were portrayed. I found that they definitely did some research. I mean they filmed a sequence in a Bigfoot Museum with the lead trying to do some research, so you know they did some and that scene was letting the viewers know they did.

The synopsis of the movie was that a retired Border Patrol agent went to see his In Laws to visit with his wife and is told how animals are going missing and they are hearing weird howling at night etc. so he offers to go check it all out. Now that’s one of storylines happening here. There also appears to be a shadow government experiment conspiracy happening here as well. That’s were it gets a little confusing for me. I’m not a hundred percent sure I understood what was happening with that. But it didn’t ruin the movie for me, or the ending and I’m not going to spill all the beans and ruin the movie for you.

Overall I liked this movie. I’m a huge fan of indie, as most Bigfoot movies are these days. This was another good one for me. The Big Guys costume I was not able to get a full on look at because his appearances were more shadows and subtle but it worked. Was it the best acting in the world? No, but it worked. I recommend watching it if you’re a Bigfoot enthusiast and as I always say never just go by a review you read, you should always see it for yourself because we don’t all have the same taste in films. But if you like Bigfoot I’m pretty sure you will enjoy the movie.

Let me know some of your thought about it…

Trailer for Bigfoot…The Conspiracy

https://youtu.be/XFur_IiJsjg

Wild Woman…

The Wild Woman

“There are now only a few of the wild giants of the mountains,” said Charley, in his terse Indian dialect. “They are rarely seen and seldom met but some still live in the mountains around here. – here is one of my encounters. “I was hunting in the mountains and had my dog with me. One day I came out on a plateau where there were several big cedar-trees. The dog rushed up to one of the trees and began to growl and bark.”

“Looking up to see what had excited him, I noticed a large hole; I had heard the dog growling and barking and something was screaming. It sounded like my dog must be fighting a bear or something, I called to him and a moment later somewhere from deep in the trees came a voice.

Nearer and nearer came the voice and then out of the forest came a sasquatch woman. She was about seven feet tall, big built all over and her skin was as dark as mine; her long straight hair fell to her knees. She looked so big and strong that I am sure if she had laid hands on me, she could have broken every bone in my body. The wild woman and I stared at each other for a bit, frozen, then she turned and disappeared back into the tree line, I didn’t follow I just stood there frozen and surprised for a bit.”

My thoughts…

You don’t often hear tales of female squatch encounters, they must have a decent population of them as their species line is still continuing based on the number of sightings reported each year.

It is wonderful that our best piece of irrefutable proof is a film of a female Bigfoot. Amazing.

I’m fascinated with Native American encounters, and their beliefs of the species so I was happy to come across a few. Oh to be a fly on the wall a few 100 or even thousand years ago…

What You Need To Go Bigfooting…

I thought I’d start Thursday off to a quick refresher of techniques and equipment for us Bigfooters in the field….here we go!

• Look for Bigfoot prints (to me that’s size 6 or a above)

• Bring casting supplies (so you can leave them in a car)

. Bring your cellphone (to take the worst pictures even though you have a 10x Max cell)

. -Bring a backpack (so you can stuff it with so much 💩 you tip over)

. Know your wildlife sounds ( so you don’t chase a raccoon halfway to Texas)

• Bring night vision (so if a bear does 💩 in the woods you won’t miss it, then you can answer that mystery for us)

. Look behind you, (because he’s tailing you, not the other way around)

. Bring a weapon (so you can accidentally shoot Fred in the toe out there because he drives you nuts, and blame it on Bigfoot!)

. And lastly, for today anyway, bring your sense of humor because there’s a 90% chance we won’t find him out there, and we need to remember to enjoy our time (because chances are high that we are very lost and won’t find the damn car)

I should mention that Fred is a fictional character. And most of these accounts actually happened to me. And maybe happened to some of you too (except shooting Fred, please don’t shoot Fred).

Have an awesome morning everyone, hope I made you smile!

If you have a ridiculous moment out there feel free to share…

Art by Shawn Langley at shawnlangley.com thanks for sharing with me!

I was Kidnapped by a Sasquatch…The Snuff Box Defense

A Port Langley man says he was kidnapped and held captive for one week by a Sasquatch Family. and was able to escape when he fed one a box of snuff.

I was Kidnapped by a Sasquatch, Snuff Box to Rescue By Bill Dunford in the Province Newspaper, May 1955

A Port Langley man says he was kidnapped and held captive for one week by a Sasquatch Family. and was able to escape when he fed one a box of snuff.

ALBERT OSTMAN, M. of 10263 McKinnon Road, told his story this week to William Roe, fin, of 5085 Pacific Highway. Cloverdale. Mr. Ostman and Mr. Roe were brought together after Mr. Ostman read of Mr. Roe’s experience in sighting a female Sasquatch as published in The Province April 23.

Mr. Ostman said he was on a prospecting trip about 75 miles north of the head of Toba Inlet ) when he was kidnapped during the middle of the night by “the old man” Sasquatch as he slept in a sleeping bag in the summer of 1924.

Pic from Look and Learn Publication

“I DIDN’T KNOW it was the old man Sasquatch at the time,” Mr. Ostman said. “All I knew is that I was being carried and that the sleeping bag was pulled so tight around my neck that I almost choked. He just slung me over his shoulder and away he went.”

He was taken to a cave-like shelter under a rock cliff where he saw an old female Sasquatch and a young male and female. The “old man” was about, seven feet tall and weighed between five and six hundred pounds. The “old lady” was slightly smaller, while the young male stood six feet and weighed two hundred pounds. The young female was about six feet tall and one hundred pounds.

Their food consisted of fruits and nuts, and no meat. Mr. Ostman said he was running short of supplies and decided be must escape from the family, although at no time did they molest or harm him. “They were definitely human, , although primitive, and seemed more curious about me than anything.” he said. “Every time I would attempt to leave though, the old man would block the way. “But one day I was taking a bit of snuff and I noticed the old man was very curious, so I handed him the tin. He just opened his mouth and emptied the tin in one gulp and was he ever sick.

“WHILE THE old man was busy being sick, I grabbed my belongings and ran as fast as I could. “I got away okay, and I wasn’t harmed a bit. But after living with them a week, I’m sure they are merely a band of Indians that have lost touch with civilization. “They don’t want to harm anyone, and don’t want anyone to harm them. My advice to anyone going out hunting for them is to just leave them alone. They probably don’t want any part of us and I don’t blame them.

“THEIR SPEECH was a sort of chattering, and even though they wore no clothing.they used blankets made of moss woven with strips of cedar bark, and they never used a fire.” Mr. Ostman agreed the female Sasquatch sighted by Mr. Roe was “quite probably” the young female of the family which held him captive, and was now grown up.

As I read this article (which I haven’t done in years), I realized he was describing this Bigfoot family exactly how I’ve always pictured them. Primitive, by not necessarily primates. More man, an evolutionary split some home. They would be in a family unit and have a unique language just like we have one.

That they may want to scare us off, but not all necessarily want to kill us. They simply want to be left to themselves. Granted being dragged off in the night in the sleeping bag is not ideal, he felt they just wanted to study him, and why not, we would do far worse to one of them. Imagine living your life while hundreds or more people are after you everyday.

For all we know their possible migration routine could be to also avoid us, not just for food sources. Yes they may want to scare us with rocks, knocking and such, but has anyone ever said they saw him snap a neck or physically attack species to species?

Maybe instead of guns or knives we need to carry snuff boxes for defense because at least we know that one works. I’ve always felt that the more passive role out there in the forest you play, less equipment, less weaponry the less you seem like a threat and the more you can relax, the more likely a chance you may have to see one. But everyone has to do their research in their own individual way, this is just how this girl does it…

It’s the way I conduct myself out there, and no, I haven’t seen one with my naked eyes yet, but I’m sure a time or two something was there, but as I always say, don’t be disappointed if you don’t get dragged off im the night in your sleeping bag half asleep, just enjoy your time out there, your peace and quiet, if it is meant to happen it will. Just keep on believing and throwing out your positive vibes to the world…

Art piece by Harvey Platt, uses by permission

Finding Jay…Lost and Found

Everyone has a journey they must take in life, everyone’s path is different, this is one man’s road…

Researcher Jay Bachochin along with his wife, Katie Bachochin started this journey by founding WPI Hunts the Truth to investigate the paranormal and UFOs, to help understand and explain things they had heard about and witnessed themselves.

After a few years of investigating they decided to check out the infamous Kettle Moraine, (which they live a stones through from). While they were out there one day they came upon a large print that was definitely not a bears.

A new journey begins…

After finding the print, and having an encounter himself, his focus shifted to solving the mystery that was and is Bigfoot.

He took some friends on his journey…

A firm believer and ambassador of not hiking alone, he took family and friends out in the field with him, along with witnesses who had their own encounters to add to this story.

Five years of research later…

After five years of doing research and gathering evidence in the Kettle, a documentary was born. Finding Jay was a culmination of footage from personal encounters, witness interviews and some history of the Kettle. It was released in 2019 to mostly positive reviews and trust of the people who follow his work.

Thankful…

After what can only be described as one of the worst years we’ve had as humans, Jay wanted to give something back to his followers, so he put together a companion to Finding Jay in the form of extended scenes, interviews, and a blooper reel. I was able to get an early preview of Finding Jay, Lost and Found, and I have to say I really enjoyed the extended interviews with the witnesses. Their encounters hit home just a little bit more for me. If you enjoyed Finding Jay, like myself, then you will definitely enjoy this. It will be available free of charge on YouTube beginning Black Friday, so when you’re done enjoying your family and your turkey and your mad shopping, you can look forward to sitting back and relaxing knowing you have a new documentary to watch.

Until then, I thought I’d check in with Jay and see what he’s been up to this past year or so. Here’s a little Q and A…with Jay.

What has the response to Finding Jay meant to you?  I am overwhelmed with the positive feedback from all over the world and that truly humbles me. People thank me for delivering such an honest documentary. A lot of people say they’ve been experiencing similar encounters. This is exactly why I created my documentary as to unify people with the Truth. I’ve made so many new friends and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’ve been blessed.

What are your  plans for a second documentary? Great question ! What are my plans? Well, since I never stopped researching (even as I produced Finding Jay) I have only used my first 5 years (2013-2017). I never stopped researching so I have all of 2018, 2019 & 2020 respectively. However like my first documentary, I want to put out quality not quantity of my research. With that being said, I may not revisit a sequel for another year or two.
What made you want to release this for 
free to your followers? Well this question is a follow up to a sequel. Since I am about putting out a quality film instead of ‘just because it’s been a year and a half’ I decided to answer those that have contacted me requesting another film. I wanted to give back to those that fell in love with my film and supported me along the journey of my first film. Since I couldn’t put all the content in my first film I thought what a perfect way to complete my original story with extended interviews, deleted scenes and of course, a gag reel. I felt that people shouldn’t have to pay for extras as this film isn’t a direct sequel …. and hey …I’m in the giving mood with all that’s been going on in this glorious year called 2020. I think we should all be thankful and be kind to our fellow neighbors.
Has your research philosophy out in the field changed at all since Finding Jay was released?  I use different pieces of equipment but my techniques remain the same. I now use a FLIR TK Scout Thermal Imager and have attached a shotgun mic to my H1 Zoom to catch the far away sounds in the woods. But the best addition to my equipment is using a Boblov Body Cam. Now my philosophy of what I’m looking for has not changed. I stand in the dark woods waiting for the day that I make contact with these ancient woods people. There is humanity in them, I can feel it.
Has your specific research area grown to include other parts of the kettle?  No. I’ve been researching the same 5 areas for 7 years now and don’t plan to expand. It’s about being tenacious and patient in the areas that deliver good results. However, I never say never.
Have you had more recent sightings reported on that area at all in the past year? Yes, and it was extraordinary.  The encounter happened in the pitch dark but was recording using the FLIR Thermal Imager so I could really see it. The way it peeked on both sides of the tree was so extraordinary. This will definitely be in the sequel. 
Do you feel perhaps like you’ve been found now and it’s a matter of a type of contact you’re seeking? Absolutely! l feel that they have been trying to make contact but they still haven’t stepped out from shadows. I don’t take offense to this or get discouraged because I believe their way of living is to ‘not’ be seen. Even if they trust that I wouldn’t reveal the evidence of where they reside, maybe they know something about me that I don’t? Maybe they think I would change my mind? Either or …I will never stop trying.
What do you bring out with you when you’re in the field? The question is what DON’T I bring into the field. I do not carry any firearms as I believe they (like a dog can sense fear) they can sense confidence. People carrying firearms feel safe because they have protection, thus, feel confident walking into the dark woods. This I believe they’ll stay away from. Now I am all about safety in case I do run into wildlife predators or worst yet …bad people. I do carry 21” machete, Beer Spray, sharp hunting knives for protection as I don’t want to kill a living thing but something that will get me to safety while they are tear gassed on the ground. Also, use a 1500+ lumens flashlight. A predator can’t attack if he can’t see as he is blinded. As far as evidence collecting I use a body cam and an audio device clipped to my backpack. In my shoulder bag I carry an IR flood light and IR HD cam. Finally, my FLIR Thermal Imager hangs around my neck. I try to be as hands free as I can. 
Any sage advice for any up and coming researchers who may have watched your documentary,and now they want to get out there themselves? That’s the only way to Hunt the Truth is to go out and discover for yourself. With that said, Safety should always be your number one measure in a successful hike. Always go with another person or two. NEVER GO OUT ALONE ! While you may not get kidnapped by a Bigfoot, a lot of other natural accidents can happen or running into wildlife predators and again worst case …. running into bad people. Know the area you want to research. Pull out maps, study the trails. Know what kind of wildlife that is in your area. While I never hike alone, I still text my wife the area and time I arrive and depart. That way at least someone knows where to begin looking IF anything bad was to happened. Lastly …have FUN doing this. It’s great to get into nature with friends. Enjoy your journey.
You have a new website up and running now, what are your plans for it? My website is a wealth of information from seeing evidence I have captured, the people I hike with, some good blogging material, Merch and best of all, to keep up to date of what podcasts, TV or radio that interviews me. There you can listen to my obsession of the passion that’s in my life …and that’s Bigfoot. My site is basically a hub of people like me and you relating and sharing our experiences and evidence to help solve the mystery of the Bigfoot Phenomenon

Jay’s website:

https://www.jaybachochin.com/

Finding Jay Review:

https://sasysquatchgirl.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/finding-jay-then-interviewing-and-reviewing-him/?preview=true

Chickahominy Chimera of New Kent…

Virginia has no shortage of cryptids in their state but I finally stumbled on one I’m not familiar with. Virginia is my home away from home, my family is there so I sneak there as often as I can. I love to visit places there these cryptids have roamed. Now It looks like I need to add New Kent on to that list.

Back in 1903 a women saw an amazing sight near her farm, a sheep headed… snake?

Here is an excerpt of an article about some crazy cryptids that came out yesterday from the Daily Press written by Alex Perry and Em Holter. This article is what intrigued me to look up more about this interesting creature…

New Kent’s Chickahominy Swamp Monster

From the Chesapeake’s own Loch Ness Monster, Chessie, to West Virginia’s Mothman, to North Carolina’s Frogman, mysterious cryptids have been spotted all across America.

While some point to prehistoric creatures who managed to survive, government experiments gone awry or simply group hysteria, folks are no stranger to their existence and continue to marvel in their mysteries.

New Kent County is no stranger to this phenomenon. Holding close to its own cryptid, old newspaper archives reveal stories from the early 1900s of a serpent-like monster that called the Chickahominy Swamp its home.

“In the early part of the 18th century, a lot of people were traveling back and forth from New Kent and Richmond,” New Kent Historical Society Secretary Scott McPhail said. “Because of where New Kent is situated, it’s more rural, there’s a lot of woods and swampland, it became a hub for sightings and it sort of got blamed for them.”

In a 1904 Richmond-Times Dispatch article, the edition outlines the strange encounter of one New Kent woman, known as Mrs. Woodson, with New Kent’s Chickahominy Swamp Monster.

While tending to her land near the swamp, Woodson said she heard a noise similar to that of a bleating lamb. Fearing that a lamb had ventured into the swamp and had gotten itself stuck, she went to retrieve it.

But what she witnessed was not a lamb. Instead, just a few yards from her, she saw a creature coming toward her.

Woodson described it as having a head, with ears, similar in shape and size to a sheep but the body of a large snake. She estimated it was 4-feet in length and covered in scales. As the sun reflected off of its scales, it reflected bright, iridescent colors that hurt her eyes, the article details.

Woodson ran back to her home and got other members of the family in order to kill the beast. According to the article, they tracked it to the water’s edge but it had retreated into the depths of the swamp.

“Hunger had undoubtedly forced it from its hiding place, as two rabbits and three birds had been caught by the strange beast, as portions of each were found by the huntsman,” the article details.

Ensuring the accuracy of the sighting, the article details all of the members of the family were in sound mind as they were able to maintain their farm and all of their animals through the harsh winter.

Here is the Original article from the Richmond Dispatcher in which my favorite new phrase was nervous prostration. I must find ways to fit thIs into my conversations going forward.

I’m going to rename this cryptid The Chickahomity Chimera. Because what else could such a creature be? I believe many odd things happen in nature, but a sheep and snake union is not one of them.

There is no monetary gain by making up an encounter such as this . And if there was now, there certainly wasn’t then, you only get to become the crazy lady of your town then. I lived in a haunted house for 20 years we weren’t advertising that one. So it’s safe to assume she saw something, something scared her. What that was who knows. But it came out, like most creatures for a food source and by the description they should be pretty happy it was a rabbit or two and not human delicacy it was hunting for…😁

Article of note:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-ghosts-trvg-1028-20201026-c224kpy6qjfg5ibmmjbqnkgr4u-story.html

Interdenominational Me

Don’t you wish you knew for a fact

That Bigfoot is definitely inter dimensional

And he chooses to come back

That he was Father Time and the Keeper

Of the Human Race

That he could intervene when we lost all reason and grace

Come through and save the animals in the burning forests

Because we humans find all of them so much less important

Don’t you wish you could follow him through and leave this one behind

Just in time to save what is left of your mind

Learn all the secrets of the universe

Like how he exits

All the secrets learned as you pass through the gate

How many entrances there are

Or if they could open it from wherever they roam

I do, I wish all of this,

because some days this dimension just doesn’t feel like the right fit…

Poem by me, titled interdenominational Me

Sasysquatchgirl Presents…an Evening in the Forest…



Picture this…it’s dark now, there is no full moonlight and you’re alone. You’ve lost your flashlight, your knife, your compass and your mind. Right now you’re already thinking that only an idiot would let themselves get in this position.

But your hunters and Bigfoot researchers know that only an idiot would think that only an idiot would find themselves in that position. I don’t care how much experience you have, you forget things, get turned around out there and fright happens. That’s why most will try to prepare for anything.

Generally everyone is afraid of the woods at night even the most prepared with their fire, torch gun, machete, rifle, compass, flashlights, bug spray and a whole bunch of very similar individuals accompanying them. It takes a lot of trust to go out there with someone in the dark or otherwise.

I’ve been in Freetown Forest at night with nothing but my phone and one sister. But even knowing your companions, the thought of what you’re getting yourself into is creepy. And you certainly don’t want to be lost at night out there in an area you don’t know.

              

There is an actual disorder and people who suffer from a deep fear of the woods at night. This is not an uncommon feeling and it has a name…Nyctohylophobia. You could have every superstar survival man accompanying you, with all those weapon and goodies I listed above with them, and it wouldn’t stop the fear and panic from overwhelming you if you were still out there when darkness fell. If you suffer from this, even standing at the tree line in your backyard will give you that same feeling as being lost in a dark forest. So if that sounds familiar to you at all, don’t go out there at night. You have nothing to prove to yourself or anyone else that’s worth being terrified. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, everyone feels some degree of healthy fear out there in the dark.



For fun I asked my friends what kinds of situations they thought I could get myself into if I were in the woods alone at night…here is their list:

  • Losing my car keys, (okay that’s a daily event but what will I need those for in the woods).
  • Flashlight will die immediately 
  • I’ll trip and break my foot on a stump, (not a hard guess, I do that just getting to the car).
  • An owl will fly into me and poke my eye out🙄really guys?, (that was a June bug and just that one time).
  • Falling off a cliff, ( what the hell? I’m not going up a cliff at night) if I fall off one it wasn’t an accident. Remember that.

While those are all meant to be funny, and a little true, here are some of the things that could really go wrong, and none of them would be remotely amusing:

  • Lose your way, no map or compass
  • Getting an injury, no first aide kit
  • Temperature dropping and you don’t have adequate clothing 
  • No matches, food, or water
  • No weapons and you could come upon a bear or wolf or not so friendly cryptid of any kind. 
  • Not letting anyone know where you were headed, almost guarantees no rescue 
  • No phone or dead phone 

I’m sure there are many more I haven’t thought of and I don’t want to think about them. There are many professional hunters, campers, researchers and hikers that go missing all the time, yes I believe some could be, but definitely not all are Bigfoot related. So you have to be prepared for those situations too. Some accidents are related to a lack of common sense and risky behavior. I know I’m not always prepared.  My love of feeling free out there, being sans electronics etc. my want of being accepted peacefully out there without fear, might be good for acceptance from the Big Guy and some squirrels but really bad for everything else. So while I’m writing this, I’m attempting to drill some of these safety measures into my own head. I’m close! I have my Fabulous Starry opossum backpack because a Bigfoot one would be really giving away the game out there, (and slightly embarrassing for him to catch me with) and now I have to dig out that list I made for my first night’s trip to Freetown, and fill it up. Then make my hiking partner carry it, if I have one. Did I say that aloud???



As silly as I like to be I’m very serious that I want you to be safe and feel safe out there. Learn what your limits are..and remember terror is not a good navigator…Bigfoot is out there somewhere no matter what time of day it is…


Coast to Coast Am, video On missing hunters..

https://youtu.be/CVn0ZHAVw1U

What should be in your pack out there: Tutorial from the Tacticaldefender on YouTube and Instagram at @tacticaldefender

https://youtu.be/ly_jcu2sCzY

Starry Opossum can be found at @itsmesesame on Instagram

Articles of note:

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/articles/why-do-so-many-people-disappear-from-national-parks/

https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/if-you-get-lost

Pictures from Google/public, complied with fair use act

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