|Bluff Creek Road Sign, on Forest Road 12N13, heading toward PGF Site.|
All non-promotional photos in this blog entry by Steven Streufert,
and yes, they are hereby Copyrighted.
Mid-Late August 2011 Edition
NOTE: THIS BLOG ENTRY HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY PARTIALLY CENSORED AS SOME OF THE THINGS IN IT APPARENTLY REVEALED TOO MUCH ABOUT THE RECENT FINDING BIGFOOT FILMING IN WILLOW CREEK. WE ARE JUST GOING TO CUT THOSE PARTS OUT FOR NOW. SORRY. WE WILL REPOST THE ENTRY IN ENTIRETY WHEN WE FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT WE DID THAT WE APPARENTLY SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE.
This sleepy little hamlet of Willow Creek often bustles with Squatching enthusiasts, but the last month or so has been simply ridiculous. What Mecca is to Islam, what Jerusalem is to those other religions, this place seems to be for Bigfooters. On top of the usual parade of Bigfoot-interested tourists, the BFRO came to town to hold an expedition up in Bluff Creek, and then another down in the coast redwoods area. After that the four stars of Animal Planet's FINDING BIGFOOT came knocking on our door, trailing behind them a vast retinue of camera people, boom mikes, lighting arrays, producers, location scouts, managers and a large U-Haul trailer. The Bigfoot Motel read "No Vacancy" for nearly two weeks, and the townsfolk woke up again to the fact that they are, indeed, living in the "Gateway to Bigfoot Country," whether or not they even care for a moment about the hirsute legend.
For those few of you who do not know, FINDING BIGFOOT is a new television show on Animal Planet, featuring BFRO director, Matt Moneymaker, Cliff Barackman, James Bobo Fay and a woman known as Ranae (why doesn't their website tell us her last name?). Okay, her last name is Holland (but why did we have to look it up?) "MEET THE TEAM": http://www.cliffbarackman.com/finding-bigfoot-meet-the-team.php
|It's weird to see your friends on TV.|
It all started in late July when the BFRO invited us (me, that is) to give a talk at their expedition up in Bluff Creek. That public speaking prospect was unnerving, but we've been told it was pretty good. The topic was The History of Bigfoot in Bluff Creek. We met some very cool folks there, including a family from Utah and a fellow all the way from England.
|Fish Lake, just up off Bluff Creek, base of the BFRO expedition.|
It is known for its civilized campground, as well as a whole heck of a
lot of Bigfoot activity around the area.
|A rustic high-tech presentation on animal sounds found in the woods.|
This included some very interesting barred owl calls, which are all too
often mistaken for Bigfoot vocalizations. They can sound like apes.
|Like the Illuminati and the Bilderberg Group, the BFRO has sinister, secret|
meetings, where vast conspiracies are hatched. Here ranger Robert
Leiterman films a talk, proving a great governnent cover-up.
|Leiterman casts on display at Fish Lake Campground.|
|On the road to Onion Mountain and some night squatching.|
|The famous Louse Camp on Bluff Creek, before the BFRO.|
|Louse Camp, after the BFRO invasion.|
|Hiking up Bluff Creek to the PGF Site, with BFRO expedition.|
|PGF Big Tree??? This is one of the prospects.|
Lower PGF site sandbar.
|The area on Bluff Creek where Rene Dahinden put his mark for the |
PGF site on Daniel Perez' map. Just upstream.
|The area of the "X" as above, seen from just downstream.|
|Big old growth Douglas fir, with vine maples, upper PGF site area sandbar.|
|Could this one be one of the big trees?|
We will find out in October
|"Root balls as big as a room." Remains of the 1965-66 salvage |
logging, downstream at the "Big bend in the creek."
|Sign announcing the Town Hall Meeting, outside Veterans' Park.|
|Bobo's dog Mountain Monkey was a prominent figure playing with her ball|
at the feet of the stars of the show all during the filming of the meeting.
|Thomas Graham of Jefferson State Sasquatch Research, with Folksinger|
and researcher Tom Yamarone, whose song about Jerry Crew helped
facilitate the sons getting back into the Bigfoot world.
Photo provided by Tom Yamarone.
|Afterwards it was beer with Bobo at the Forks Lounge.|
Bobo actually defeated an arm-wrestling champ here that night.
|Disclaimer: Though this blogger is affiliated in a friendly, non-formal way with the BFRO, and we are indeed friendly with a number of members of that organization, we'd like to say that we have never actually signed the NDA, and are in no way obliged or beholden to follow any rules or censorship from that organization. Neither are we "an informant" for the BFRO. That having been said, we spent a good bit of time hanging out with Mr. Matt Moneymaker, head of the group and quite a controversial figure, and we found NOT ONE moment of displeasure in doing so. The conversation was good, and fair, and nearly entirely free of judgment of other researchers. We understand that there are a lot of you out there who have reason to feel otherwise, but it has been our own experience over the last few years that Matt is really a cool dude. Strange, you might say, but true.... Go figure. Maybe it is because this blog has nothing to prove to ANYONE.|
|A slightly melodramatic promo pic from Animal Planet. Enough techie gear|
to scare off the biggest squatch. Bobo, what is there in that "Evidence" bag?
|Ever quizzical and inquiring, Cliff Barackman considers the Evidence.|
Willow Creek Museum Gift Shop.
|Bobo, Bigger than Bigfoot.|