The blog talk appearance tonight has me thinking back on 2009. I guess it's not too early to start taking a look back at how the year went. It sure was a good one - here's some notes and photos from my bigfooting outings in 2009.
2009 started with a bang as we had already announced the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up and January was a endless flow of emails and phone conversations. James "Bobo" Fay, Paul Graves, Bob Gimlin, Mary Lukehart and I really got to know each other.
It was such a pleasure organizing this milestone event. That frenetic - yet fun - pace continued all the way up to the weekend of May 15, 16 & 17 when we held the round-up in Naches, Washington.
Of course, during that time other things were happening. We had monthly meetings at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, CA. We had board of directors' meetings for the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers. But overall, personal interaction with 250 plus people defined the first four months of the year. It was really amazing getting to know the folks coming to the bigfoot round-up. And some of them had some amazing sasquatch encounters of their own to share. (I'll have to write up some of those stories with their permission over the Winter this year.)
2009 is certainly broken up into two pieces - before and after the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up.
Part 2 started with a social gathering at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum. I like to refer to this event as Bella Cutino's Coming Out Party. This was my first chance to see Bart and Kim's beautiful baby. What a treat! Also got to see friends from the round-up and from the museum. This was early June.
Later that month, I finally got out into the woods to do some field research with my friend Brian Horton from Redding, California. We had a met the previous October in the Bluff Creek area and it worked out great this year to meet him in Redding and go out bigfooting in either the Shasta-Trinity National Forest or over near Bluff in the Six Rivers National Forest.
Family events took precedence throught the rest of summer although I did get to do something really fun in late July. Bobo was asked to be share some of his sasquatch expertise and experience with two young film makers from southern California.
They were meeting to spend 2 days and a night shooting footage for a television pilot. Bobo invited me to join him and bring along the guitar and the call blaster. It was indeed a "blast" but I'll tell you, it was a business-like atmosphere "on the set" with this crew. The Golembeske Brothers (Ryan and Josh) star as the Monster Brothers and bigfoot was the subject this weekend. "Bigfoot, beer & babes" was our motto.
We still haven't seen the footage but the Monster Brothers DID win the 2009 New York Television Award for best non-scripted pilot. This was them out searching for a sea monster off the coast of Rhode Island, their home state. Hey, I didn't know what I was getting into, but it turned out to be golden! :-)
One Night Stand at Bluff Creek...afternoon in Willow Creek. Getting my bigfoot fix before a long family vacation.
Aloha! Missed out on the Believe Tour as they came down the Bigfoot Scenic Highway. We crossed paths as the famly returned from a Maui vacation and I packed up the civic to go meet Paul Graves, Bob Gimlin, Cliff Barackman and Jerry Hein at a private gathering in Oregon.
BFRO expedition in Northern California. Four days in the redwoods bigfooting with good friends. Brian Horton, Jim Sorensen, Jessica Phillips, the Brotherton Sisters, Michael, Kevin, the Garcias, Seth & many more. Guest appearance by Robert Leiterman.
Also featuring an amazing afternoon with The Leavitt's up in Crescent City.
The Cutino Wedding Anniversary Celebration weekend in Monterey.
Bobo, Cliff, Matt, Wally, Jade, Terry, Stephanie, Mike & Paul together to represent the bigoot friends of Bart and Kim.
Bigfooting in Humboldt County with Terry Smith, Brian Horton, James "Bobo" Fay and Robert Leiterman with special guests Ellen and Leah.
Bigfoot Discovery Day III.
Kathy & Bob Strain, Ron Morehead, Scott Nelson, Bill Munns, Craig Woolheater, Sharon Lee Lomurno, Mike Rugg, Robert Leiterman, Jerry Hein, Todd Hale, Joyce Kearney and many others.
(photo by Brad Pennock, Believe It Tour 2009)
(NOTE: see slide show in previous blog down below Halloween posts...)