Last month, we enjoyed a family vacation at the breathtakingly beautiful Ponca State Park in northeast Nebraska. The park, and the nearby town of its namesake, are named for the Native American tribe who once claimed the land. While traveling along the Missouri, Lewis and Clark passed right through, and the National Park Service has since designated this state park as part of the Lewis and Clark Historical Trail.
Even though it’s only two hours from where I live, except for one family member, none of us had ever been there. The get-away promised to be relaxing, and with ten grandkids in tow, family-friendly.
Since we were only going to be there for a few days, the #SelfieSasquatchChallenge soon became a priority. Once a week, park rangers move a seven-foot tall Sasquatch figure to different locations throughout the park’s trails. The fun is to find him, take a selfie of you and your group (if you’re in one) and post the photo on their State Park Facebook page.
We were up for the challenge, I tell you! My three sons-in-law found Sasquatch first while mountain-biking, and the news upon their return was so exciting! It wasn’t long before we hit the trail to find him, too – and of course, take a photo of him. I have to admit, seeing that hulking figure against a tree shrouded in shadows on a heavily wooded trail was startling! Even though I knew Sasquatch was just there for fun, well, he’s not something one normally sees while hiking.
Sasquatch’s fame comes through in many names – Bigfoot, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, Sokqueatl, or Sesquac, as spoken by Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest, but whatever name you give him, his name will mean “wild man.”
Sometimes depicted as covered in black, dark brown, reddish brown, or even white hair, he is ape-like with feet believed to be two feet long. Hulking, with no neck, eyes that glow red or yellow, too. Some describe him as much as eight feet tall, others even ten. Supposedly, he makes hair-raising sounds like howls, screams, grunts, or roars. Still, others claim the sounds are simply mis-interpreted and actually made by animals such as owl, wolf, fox, or coyote.
A US Navy cryptologic linguist, Scott Nelson, said of audio recordings from the early 1970s that “It is definitely a language, it is definitely not human in origin, and it could not have been faked.”
In another report of Sasquatch’s realism, the owner of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in northern California claims to have smelled the beast, saying, “Imagine a skunk that had rolled around in dead animals and had hung around the garbage pits.”
Others, however, have completely different theories. Scientists and non-believer professionals claim the Sasquatch sightings are simply large bears, hermits or feral humans living in the wilderness.
And then there was the group of researchers in Washington State who used 200 pounds of plaster to take impressions, ultimately named the Skookum Cast, which is 3 1/2 feet wide and 5 feet tall. As quoted from an article written by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young, “A Bigfoot by Any Other Name,”
“Measurements of the imprints indicated that whatever creature made this impression was 40 to 50 percent larger than a 6-foot-tall human being. When the cast was cleaned, hair samples were extracted. All of them turned out to belong to deer, elk, coyote, and bear—all but one. One hair had unique primate (ape) characteristics. Dr. Henner Fahrenback, a biomedical research scientist from Beaverton, Oregon, has labeled it “Sasquatch.”
So there you go.
What do you think? Are you a believer or a non-believer? Is Sasquatch real or a hoax?
And that question reminds of UFOs and how the Pentagon has been holding historic hearings on supposed sightings of UFOs just this spring. Sure makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
What about UFOs? Are they real or a hoax, too?