Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bigfoot Discovery Museum on TV

Following below are my videos for a few of the stories from this week's Finding Bigfoot TV program called "Surf's Up, Sasquatch". I signed an NDA prior to filming last July, so couldn't talk about what they did till the episode aired. I think spotlighting the Bigfoot Discovery Museum, their large tooth and some of the local stories is great.

 In 1999, there was a sighting one mile from downtown Santa Cruz.


In 2012, there were two sightings in a Felton area where I've been hiking each week for the past year and a half. The first was on April 25 about 8:30 pm by a mother and daughter out driving. They saw an adult and a juvenile standing beside the road next to a tree. The second was on July 16 about 4:10 pm by my friend Ray. He saw an adult sitting in the bushes by a pond. These two sightings happened about half a mile from each other, so that's why I've focused so much time on that Felton area.
 
The day of Ray's sighting it was just luck that he tagged along and luckier still that he happened to go in the bushes beside the pond. It never occurred to me that there would be a creature that close to where people were. Since then, I only look in the bushes off trail, lol.
 
I already have a Bare Stick blog page devoted to these two 2012 sightings, so please go there to learn more and watch my investigation videos: Ray's Sighting.

Two other areas where the Finding Bigfoot team visited were Big Basin Redwoods State Park and The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Both these areas have had multiple sightings either inside or nearby reported over the years, but here's two I was involved in investigating.

Big Basin Field Trip
 
Nisene Marks Day Trip
 
A few weeks after the Finding Bigfoot team had left, I found these two items near the pond in Felton.




And I recorded these Howls and Knocks during two Night Ops near Bolder Creek.

 
This is what the Boulder Creek location looks like in daylight.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dark Poop Found Near Felton, California

I've been going to an area near Felton, California to hike and look for signs of bigfoot. This area has had two sightings in 2012 (click here for blog article).

After the second sighting which was in the bushes beside the pond, Mike Rugg (Bigfoot Discovery Museum) found dark poop nearby. Since then, other similar looking poop has been found in the area. Following below, are screen stills from various videos shot at the time each poop was found. Click on the Photo to see a bigger view, click on the Title to watch the video.

UPDATE: I learned in October 2013 that there is a 1200 pound wild cow in this area that no one has been able to catch for 3 years. It only comes out at night or early morning and bolts at the sight of humans. The large poop below is probably from this cow. The smaller poop is either from deer or other small animals.

Evening Hike - Bigfoot Sighting Investigation (1:45:30)
 
 
 
 
Evening Hike - Bigfoot Sighting Investigation (1:49:11)
 

In September 2012, I started finding similar poop in another secluded spot half mile from the pond. Some may have been there for awhile, but at least one was fresher because I stepped in it by accident one evening when I was there later than normal and couldn't really see where I was going. I walked around for a week not knowing it was embedded in my right heel.







 

Photo below found a couple hundred yards from the pond.


Photo below might be horse, riders certainly walk through here.
 

Photo below found about quarter mile from the pond in another direction.

Photos below found about 100 yards from the pond.
Also possible they could be horse?


 

Photo below found on the approach to the secluded area half mile from the pond. This might be compacted deer, although there's usually other loose pellets around also?


Photos below found in the secluded area half mile from the pond.




Photo below found beside the pond.

Evening Hike - July 8, 2013 (6:00)

Photo below found 100 yards from the pond.

Evening Hike - July 19, 2013 (24:50)

Photos below found on the grass near the pond.


 
Photos below found on the grass near the pond.
 





Photo below found in the secluded area half mile from the pond.
 
 
Photo below found in the secluded area half mile from the pond.
 
 
Photo below found 100 yards from the pond.
 
 
Here is a video I did showing the Felton poop along with poop from 5 other areas.

 
UPDATE: On my final hike before moving to Thailand, I found the Wild Cow.
 
 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Memory

I'd like to talk a little bit about people's memory...

In my younger days, I served 4 years in the US Navy. As is true today, the United States was at war, but back then the war was in Vietnam. There was an active draft. I had flunked out of college, so my choice was either wait around to be drafted and probably end up fighting in the jungle or join and maybe have some say in where I ended up, so at 19, I joined the Navy.

After my 4 years obligation had ended, I got out on June 1, 1970, when my second boat TJ returned to Long Beach, California from South East Asia and Vietnam. I was 23.

As the years rolled by, I became a computer design engineer.

At 50, I joined my second Veteran organization, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). In those days, VVA was very active speaking in the local schools, especially to 11th graders about our experiences during America's war in Vietnam. I even wrote down my talking points for a student in 1999. All those experiences I remembered without a problem then. If you're interested, what I wrote down is here: Students

I turned 66 earlier this week. About 10 years ago, I noticed I no longer remembered exact details like I did back in 1999. I suppose partly because we aren't very active speaking in the schools anymore and also I'm just getting older.

Which brings me to the point of this article.

I think it's important to actively seek out as many bigfoot stories as possible before the details are lost forever to fading memories. If possible, record them on video or audio, so that the expression and body language of the witness is also captured rather than trying to imagine the happenings from a written page alone.

It's been 45+ years since the Patterson-Gimlin film, longer for other encounters. In some cases, not only have the witnesses passed, but also the original investigators as well. Once that happens, first hand knowledge passes with them.

I encourage people who have never spoken of their experiences to find someone who will listen, understand and record them. You don't have to serve in combat to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or survivor's guilt, you just have to experience something traumatic outside your normal everyday living, like an encounter with something strange and unexplained. Keeping something like that bottled up inside will take a toll in time. It helps to talk about it.


"The Thinker"
Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California,
Carol M. Highsmith Collection, Library of Congress


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Possible Bigfoot Near San Francisco Airport

In the summer of 1977 or 1978, four young men in their late teens or early 20's were riding their skate boards about 11pm at Coyote Point, California, located near the San Francisco Airport. They chose this spot because there were no cars or people around at night, so they had complete access to the roads for skate boarding. They heard a low growl and looked over to see an upright figure silhouetted by the dim porch light coming from a nearby ranger building. It was shaking a small tree which it then pushed over to the ground. They couldn't see any specific details, but they immediately left the area never to return.

This Coyote Point Brochure shows a map and a few photos of the immediate area at Coyote Point.

The Google Map below shows Coyote Point in relation to the surrounding area.



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History for the major areas of Coyote Point... 
Poplar Creek Golf Course 1933

- Marina -
U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet School 1942
College of San Mateo 1946

County Park established 1962

- CuriOdyssey Museum -
San Mateo County Junior Museum 1953
Coyote Point Museum 1974
New 8,000 square foot museum building opens 1981

The person who experienced this encounter wishes to remain anonymous.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rock Apes

During the War in Vietnam, some of the American troops told stories of encounters with creatures they called Rock Apes. In some stories the animals had long tails, while in others no tail. The descriptions seemed to differ depending on where the encounters occurred, yet still known by the general name of Rock Apes by the troops.

A few months ago, I began collecting stories about these Rock Ape encounters.


From Bob J
(this is a second hand story, friend of a friend)

An Army unit was out on patrol when they heard screams from their rear guard guy. Fearing the worst from the enemy, they rushed back to find a large ape or monkey on top of him beating the crap out of him. The creature ran away as the other soldiers approached.


From Tom H

(1) We had them often when we were in the jungle. Especially when in triple canopy. Freaky stuff. Hear them outside the perimeter and try to get rid of them by throwing rocks at them, they'd throw the rocks back!  I guess they were baboons or some other primate. I think they had red hair. I'm sure my buddies in the company may have stories. 

(2) I remember what we called Rock Apes being in our perimeter wire defenses when we were on top of Hill 214 in the Que Son mountains in December '68. This is a pretty vivid memory, but after reading the other stories I don't know if what we experienced was what the legend became. Some sort of primate was out there, we knew it wasn't Charlie and we'd throw rocks at them to get them to leave. They'd throw the rocks back at us - which I though was the basis for the name "Rock Apes." I never gave it much thought as having any Big Foot connections, but that was so long ago and I've never discussed it much - other than with my wife.

(3) It would be interesting to see a story on the Rock Apes that I remember, to better explain the experiences. I know a lot of my Vietnam experiences are foggy/incomplete - my guess is it is partially due to so many years of hiding it all and not discussing it; guess I did pushing it back in the old gray matter a bit too well. But I do remember vividly one particular night (may have been the first night on watch after settling in) the Rock Apes (for lack of a better term - but what we called them) messing with us. We had cleared fields of fire, put out concertina wire and claymores, etc. In triple canopy jungle we'd pop an illumination flare in suspected areas of activity, it was VERY dark there! I swear there were primates of some sort in the trees - no Charlie. Throwing rocks didn't deter them, and they began to throw them back. We didn't want to shoot them, or have them get caught up in the wire. We were in a semi-permanent position, security for an artillery support base so our emplacements and perimeter were pretty elaborate. I had not, as I said, spoke too much about them except to my wife. So when I saw your mail it piqued my curiosity.


From Dave L


(1) My 2 rock ape stories are true. (short tho, so may not be worth much).

First, YES there were rock apes in the mountains around Da Nang. My pal (Marine) Capt. M had one. He was marine liason to Navy Security/Intelligence. The marines found it abandoned as a tiny baby and took it for a pet at the Navy Security base. Somewhere I may be able to dig up a pic of it - it was so small it fit sitting in 2 hands. BUT in a few months time it grew A LOT - and they had to take it to the mountains and let it go before it got completely out of control. His name was WILLIE. The year was 1969.

The other rock ape I just saw on Monkey Mountain, where my Harbor Security boathouse was located, just south of Da Nang city. It was CALLED Monkey Mountain because of the little rock apes that inhabited it. My idiot division guys would sometimes throw old fruit into the trees and see if a critter would come out. After being scared by random gunshots, I put a stop to people whacking away at the occasional ape with M16 fire. The apes were quick and my guys were fairly bad shots so they never hurt one. But they were made to move pretty fast the couple times I saw them. Mostly, they were wild and the adults (esp males) were very strong so we pretty much ordered the troops to stay away from them.

(2) No tails. The only one I saw up close was the baby, which was darker than the one in your picture. The ones in the bushes were typically moving so didn't get a real clear look. If I can ever find the picture of the baby, I'll send you a copy.

(I had sent Dave the photo Jack W sent me from his summer 2012 trip to Vietnam).


From Jack W

There are a bunch of monkeys on top of Ba Na Mountain. In the 1930s the French built a resort on top of the mountain to escape the summer heat in Danang. It was destroyed probably during the 1950s during the French Indochina war. When the Marines were in Danang there was a permanent radio relay station and recon outpost on top of the mountain. It has been recently rebuilt for tourists and is called Ba Na Hills. The new tramway that goes to the top is the longest continuous tramway in the Guiness Book of Records.

Here's a photo Jack took of a monkey at Ba Na Hills on his summer 2012 trip to Vietnam:




From John W

I was with B. Co. 326th Eng. 1st Bde, 101st Abn Division and arrived in country 12 September 1967. After jungle training at Phan Rang I was shipped north to B. Co. 101st Base Camp. They informed me that they had no need for my MOS 62B4p Engineer Construction Supervisor and that I would have to be transferred to a leg outfit or I could stay with the 101st but would have to be converted to a 12B4P Combat Engineer. I opted for the latter. BIG mistake! They issued me all my gear and told me to get ready as my platoon was to deploy to an infantry unit in three days.

I knew NOTHING about being a Combat Engineer; demolition’s, arming and disarming mines and booby traps, tunnel exploring etc. so I assigned the most experienced man in my platoon to be my teacher and sidekick to teach me everything he knew. Anyway I learned very fast as we were assigned to an Infantry Unit that was green and just off the ship and never in combat. Within 90 days we lost 63% of our battalion and they had to retire the colors of the unit and of course my platoon was reassigned to another Infantry unit.

Finally we ended up with an Infantry unit and we were traveling in the mountains in the Central Highlands. It would take us days to get up one mountain and then back down we would go and then back up another one again. Such torture those mountains were. I never would have believed the human body could endure such hardships. I carried 13 canteens of water as I sweat a lot and many times I have seen men beg for one mouth full of water. I actually saw one soldier sell one mouth full of water for $40 to another soldier. Could not believe it but water was more precious that gold. Anyway, a few months had passed and I had gotten my comfort zone as a combat engineer and whenever we would encounter the enemy we combat engineers were automatically reorganized as infantrymen and deployed to the side of the perimeter wherever needed the most.

Since we were assigned to a non-airborne infantry unit that was green we engineers took it upon ourselves to begin walking point. We were always the third or fourth man in line anyway in case we ran into a booby trap or anything unfamiliar or suspicious. So we began walking point most of the time with one of our own engineers as our “slack-man.”

One day we had just descended from a big mountain and were walking along the creek edge and were heading for a knoll to set up for the night as it was getting late in the afternoon and we had to set up, dig in, eat, and prepare for the night. We were about half a mile from this small mound that we could see on the map that we had chosen to spend the night on. I was walking point and I was rounding a curve in the edge of the creek and out of the corner of my eye I saw something black move. I froze immediately turned my eyes towards the black object(s), I thought it was VC in black pajamas at first sighting, my weapon of course was on rock-n-roll, and something very strange was happening with these black objects. They were taking bamboo by the side of the creek and breaking the stalks of it as though it were toothpicks and throwing it to the side grabbing another stalk breaking it and throwing it. My heart was beating out of my chest I would not flinch for I did not want to be detected by them. Then all of a sudden, they must have gotten my scent, it was like chaos with them, I have never seen such thrashing, screaming, barking, running, scrambling in a furry across the stream toward the mountain we had just come down off of and they all started climbing up different trees. I started moving on down the trail as they were moving away from me and I had determined that they were apes and that they were fearful of us and were running away, or so I thought. 

It was the strangest thing because they all climbed up different trees and it looked like there must have been thirty of them, maybe more, I would say they were 4 1/2 feet tall and weighed 150-175 pounds each, four feet but walked on two mostly, black, no tails, but they moved across the tops of the trees and moved all the way up the mountain. It was like watching a tidal wave move up the mountain as the tops of the trees were moving in unison. They got almost to the top of the mountain, probably 600-700 yards away and then they all spread out across the mountain in a somewhat straight line and remained in the tops of the trees.

We made it to the knoll and set up camp and had two men assigned with night vision binoculars to keep watch on them. As it got dusk we watched them start moving back down the mountain towards us which made us very uncomfortable as we thought they might attack us during the night. They moved all the way back down the mountain in the line formation and stopped just on the other side of the creek, which was about 75 yards from us. We were on 100 percent alert that night and everyone was edgy. 

The next morning as dawn started to break they started to retreat again back up the mountain and by daylight there was no sign of them and we saw no evidence of them after that.

When we departed the knoll we did go by the creek where they were breaking the bamboo and it was exactly as I described it above. I cannot imagine the strength required to accomplish such a physical feat.

Sorry I do not have any photos.

End of that story!

One more!

We were bedded down in the jungle somewhere, don’t remember where, but the jungle was very thick and we had to cut our way through with machetes. During the night there was some kind of ape or baboon that would climb down the tree and just knock the crap out of a soldier and then run back up the tree. This happen twice that night and of course no one shot at it for fear of giving our position away. But no one could figure out what it was. It was kind of funny but at the same time could have been really serious as those animals can do some serious damage with their paws and teeth.

End of that story!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ray's Sighting

On April 25, 2012, 8:30pm, an adult bigfoot and a juvenile were sighted in Felton, California standing next to a tree beside a road.


On July 16, 4:10pm, about half mile away from the April sighting, a friend of mine (Ray) saw a bigfoot in the bushes beside a pond.

 
A few months after Ray's sighting, I showed him the Pete Travers' Bigfoot/Sasquatch Sketch Project photos of possible bigfoot faces and he selected the photo in the upper left (Picture 1) as most close to what he saw. Even when I pointed him to a few of the others, he said no, Picture 1, except the hair above the eyes came down lower (not so much forehead skin showing as in the drawing).


As it stood and walked away on 2 legs, Ray said it's arms were long, hung down low and swung to and fro as it walked away, The hands were big, cupped with long fingers, no claws or long nails noticed, didn't see inside of hand, outside covered in hair.

The bigfoot Ray saw last summer was sitting on it's butt in the bushes holding a sprig of what appeared to be bay leaves in front of it's face. In front of the creature were some small broken tree branches with their bark still on. To the creature's left and a little behind it were simular branches without any bark on them. One interpretation of this scene is that the creature was eating bay leaves along with bark from small tree branches. Ray estimated the creature's height to be slightly less than 7 foot when it walked away on 2 feet.

My thanks to Jody Marsh for this idea...
If we estimate the creature's weight at 600 pounds and plug this along with a 7 foot height into the Calorie Calculator at www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html, we get about 7500 calories needed to maintain it's weight with extra active exercise, some less if not so active (such as sitting in the bushes all day). Searching Google for "how many calories in 5 pounds of bay leaves", we find that 7500 calories is a little more than 5 pounds of bay leaves. Add in maybe munching on bark as well and there's perhaps no need to chase deer or elk, leastwise, not every day.

Near the pond on the day of Ray's sighting, there were people hikers, a few horse riders and at least one wild turkey. None showed any knowledge of a possible predator being close by in the bushes.

The following week after his sighting, Ray was interviewed at the Bay Area Bigfoot Group monthly meeting in San Mateo.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Music Score to Half Human (1955)

This music score is from the extremely rare original Japanese version of Half Human (1955). Made by the same production team which made the original Godzilla (1954), this score by Masaru Sato along with much of the original footage was deleted in the 1958 U.S. release. The Snowman suit was made with a chemical compound called Toho Chikku (plastic), weighed 30 kg (66 pounds) and was covered with goat hair.

Part 1




Part 2