Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Surveying the Sierras with Bob Strain...up 6,000 feet before the season's first storm.
I went across the San Joaquin Valley to visit the Strains last Saturday and was able to take an afternoon drive to survey some of the places we had been over the last 5 years off Highway 108 in the Stanislaus National Forest.
We drove up and around the areas where the 2005 BFRO Sierras Expedition took place. There were plenty of hunters and ATV enthusiasts populating the forest roads that afternoon - dozens upon dozens of them! It was the last weekend of deer hunting season this year and despite the weather, the hunters were out in force.
Nothing dramatic to report - just a nice afternoon out in a wet, dark forest.
Enjoy the photos!
(a redwood sized pine tree in the Sierras. Sorry for the lack of a person for scale - but I'll find this tree again next year. It was HUGE!)
(a rocky perch above Coffin Hollow near the Clavey River.)
(a drizzly view of Fahey Cabin on the road out from Long Barn, California.)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
the REAL bigoot magic of YouTube - JOHN MIONCZYNSKI on squeeze box!!
yes, YouTube is a magical place. You can relive most anything from the past that was ever on TV or not. For bigfooters, it has documentaries you might never have seen - and it also has the dregs of home-made videos of alleged sightings.
I wanted to share with you this gem of a video - a song with a sweet melody that sticks in your head. It's been a part of the bigfoot collection CD I play in my car since May 2009 when John gave me the Togwotee Trail Radio Hour CD - a variety of local music and story-telling in the style of "Prairie Home Companion." This CD was intended for those stopped at construction flag zones along Wyoming state highway 87 & 26 over the Togwotee Pass, the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, during a 4 year construction project.
(John Mionczynski playing his squeeze box at the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up campfire, May 2009.)
Our very own wildlife biologist and mountain sheep expert John Mionczynski is featured playing his button accordion - or squeeze box. He regaled us with campfire renditions of his repertoire at the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up and it was something else!
Enjoy a little John Mionczynski - now and whenever you please thanks to YouTube
and the Togwotee Trail Radio Hour!!
Here he plays the jingle-jangle saloon-style piano... a little glimpse of John
at the beginning of the video with the ensemble "The Night Crawlers."
To quote Chuck Berry, "Go, Johnny, Go!"
Hope you all enjoy these brief, bigfoot-related musical interludes! :-)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Hey, it's October 20th - Patterson-Gimlin Film 43rd Anniversary
43 years ago the best photographic evidence of a sasquatch was obtained by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin on a remote stretch of Bluff Creek in Northern California.
The famous film has been the center of vigorous debate ever since.
Many who are blessed with visual acuity acclaim the unique and rare accomplishment.
Examination of the film subject in books by John Green, Jeff Meldrum, Grover Krantz, John Bindernagel and Christopher L. Murphy show it to be nothing less than the genuine article - a real, living sasquatch.
It's a day for celebrating the unique achievement - the best piece of photographic evidence of a bigfoot. It's always a day to celebrate the subject and the intelligent examination and explanation of evidence we have today presented by the aforementioned individuals.
Happy Anniversary Patterson-Gimlin Film!!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
photos from Bigfoot Discovery Day IV - Great Local Turnout
Here are a bunch of photos from Bigfoot Discovery Day IV.
(left click to see a larger version of each photo...enjoy!)
(The Bigfoot Discovery Museum, 5497 Highway 9 in Felton, CA. The crowd gathered for the barbeque lunch, the meet & greet, and the round table discussion on Saturday afternoon.)
(the roundtable discussion behind the museum. Interesting Q & A about bigfoot with Michael Rugg.)
("welcome back my friends to the show that never ends...we're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside!" Scott, Donnie Hale, Mike Barrow, Peter Dolan, Jerry Hein, Dustin and Todd Hale in the museum on Friday evening.)
Bigfoot Discovery Day IV - Lecture Event, Santa Cruz, CA
Scott McClean: author of Big News Prints ; historical newspaper articles about bigfoot encounters.
(Scott McClean sharing fascinating newspaper accounts from the 1800s and early 1900s.)
BART CUTINO: Addressing some skeptical questions and illuminating thermal imaging info.
(Bart with slide showing his thermal sighting depicted by Canadian artist Brian Cundle and his own initial depictions.)
a bigfoot song: The Ballad of JOHN GREEN
Jerry Hein: Concessions have reached a new level of quality and variety!
Robert Leiterman: Experiences with a long-term game camera study in the Humboldt Redwoods.
(Robert makes a stealthy entrance to start his presentation in a ghillie suit.)
(Robert holding the Reconyx game cam and a volunteer "tree" from the crowd, Terry Smith.)
(here's what Robert looks like w/o the ghillie suit.)
Michael Rugg: The Santa Cruz Mountains Sasquatch - stories of encounters and recent field research.
...after the event
(posing with the Patterson-Gimlin wall banner...Scott, Todd Hale, Tom and Andy. It's not a bigfoot event without the banner! )
(outside the hall with Scott McClean, local bigfoot enthusiast/researcher Chris Huntze and yours truly.)
It was well attended and a success in many ways. Without any "big" names from the bigfoot community in town this year, we saw more of the local folks interested in the subject and not so many rsearcher and enthusiast friends. And, of course, it was a good showing from the museum membership.
There is an article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel that was carried over the wire to other newspapers today as well.
Link to article in Santa Cruz Sentinel
...the after-party / campfire at Fern River Resort
(hanging out at the campfire after the event...the Fern River Resort is a great spot!)
(...and in the end, that guy just wouldn't stop playing!)
(cabins at Fern River Resort...)
(a riverfront view from the cabins - the San Lorenzo River.)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Dash Down to Discovery Day IV, Bigfoot Fans!
(always a fun time at Bigfoot Discovery Day... here with Scott McClean back at the first one...)
Head on over to Bigfoot Discovery Day IV if you get the chance on Saturday!
there's a couple of things going on...
a barbeque/meet & greet/round-table discussion at the
Bigfoot Discovery Museum
5497 Highway 9
from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lunch: $5 or $6 (museum admission FREE)
BIGFOOT DISOVERY DAY IV LECTURE EVENT
at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
admission: $10 $8 (seniors, students, museum members) Reserved Seating Available
blah, blah, blah... JUST DON'T MISS IT!
CARPE DIEM if you're in the area or can get to the Bay Area tomorrow!
FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE, Scroll Down
see you there! tell 'em Yams sent ya!
(campfire jam last year with Ron Morehead and Scott Nelson...Rhonda, too.)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
"Bob Saget's Strange Days" Premieres December 1st
(shooting the music segment of the bigfoot episode with Paul Graves, Bob Saget, myself and some friends.
Photo courtesy of Steve Seebeck and copyright Bob Saget)
don't know if this something I should be promoting...maybe I should wait until December 2nd and see how it was!
but for those of you who mark calendars, here's the announcement:
A&E Presents New Original Real Life Series: Strange Days with Bob Saget
A&E presents “Strange Days with Bob Saget”, a new real-life series that busts down barriers to investigate some of America’s most fascinating subcultures and corners of society. Documenting his journey around America, Saget immerses himself in different unusual cultures from the world of Bigfoot hunters to the trials of the pro-wrestling circuit. The series premieres Wednesday, December 1 at 10PM ET/PT with back-to-back episodes.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Bigfoot Discovery Day IV in Santa Cruz & Felton This Saturday!
well, look what's popped up on the October calendar - the fourth installment of Bigfoot Discovery Day.
This year will focus on local bigfoot accounts and investigation results.
Michael Rugg has been studying the local bigfoot phenomenon since 2004 when he opened the doors to the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, California. There was a history in the Santa Cruz Mountains prior to that but the museum was a magnet for stories and accounts to be brought forth. Six years later and the stories are ready to be told. Research has been conducted in the area as well and this year's event will present what is known about the Santa Cruz Mountains bigfoot at this time.
Also speaking will be Bart Cutino, Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) investigator;
Robert Leiterman, California State Park Ranger & BFRO member; and
James "Bobo" Fay, Humboldt County bigfoot researcher.
What: Bigfoot Discovery Day IV
When: Saturday, October 16, 2010 6:00 p.m.
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Admission: $10 general admission / $8 students & seniors
For More Information, Call (831) 335-4478 or go to
(a crowd gathered last year at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum for the barbeque lunch.)
The Bigfoot Discovery Museum will host a barbeque lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. along with a meet & greet for event attendees. A round-table discussion on the future of bigfoot research will also take place at the museum in the early afternoon.
Where: 5497 Highway 9, Felton, California