|Bobo, myself and Scott - ready to roll!|
(Click on any of the photos to see a large version.)
We took to the road a week ago to attend a reunion of sorts at Louse Camp on Bluff Creek in the Six Rivers National Forest. It was a sentimental journey as well as it had been nearly 3 years since we were last there. Scott McClean and James "Bobo" Fay showed up right on time last Monday night and we headed north on the Redwood Highway putting as much distance as we could with the Bay Area before stopping for the night.
|Seeing our reflection in the back of a tanker truck...Hwy 101.|
|You gotta get through Willits to get to Humboldt County. |
The next day we leisurely toured through the Humboldt Redwoods on our way to Eureka, California.
We have some favorite stops along that route that include the Legend of Bigfoot gift shop in Garberville, CA and a 12 mile stretch of the Avenue of the Giants from Miranda to the Founders Grove. We saw old friends for lunch and some very old friends - that is, the redwoods - afterwards.
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|Scott and the latest legend bigfoot statue - striking a pose!|
|Avenue of the Giants - one of the best drives in America!|
|Giant redwoods and little cars.|
|that's one big tree! what am I looking at?|
|Bobo & Monkey - Scott in background.|
|Mountain Monkey |
By the time we dropped Bobo and Monkey off at their place, shopped for 4 days in the woods and drove into bigfoot country it was getting late. An hour or so after sunset, Scott and I arrived at our destination - Louse Camp. There we met up with Terry Smith and Todd Hale who had driven up from Long Beach, CA that day - as well as many others who were there to participate in a Patterson-Gimlin Film Site Survey.
|the junction sign at the G-O Road and Cedar Camp Road. The place to meet anyone if they're coming into Louse Camp.|
We made camp by lantern light and were glad when Bart pulled in with his homemade spicy clam sauce for the spaghetti dinner we enjoyed! That night we enjoyed a happy camp - caught up with old friends, played some songs and chatted around the campfire and generally had a great time. After a long day of travel, we were all soon in our tents.
|Bart and Terry - cooking up some great meals!|
|Playing "Brown Eyed Girl" with Jamie at the campfire.|
|Robert played drums while Francis and Bobo enjoyed the tunes.|
|Scott drew a crowd like moths to a lantern...|
He was showing his latest archival newspaper articles about bigfoot.
The next day was the first day of the P-G Film Site Survey and our contribution was to get Bill Munns there. We ended up meeting him driving up the G-O Road and with Terry's assistance, walked with him down the steep, demanding trail into Bluff Creek. There we met up with the participants of the site survey that included Steven Streufert, Robert Leiterman, Rowdy Kelley, Jamie Schutmaat and people that were along to assist - Dick LaVen, James "Bobo" Fay, Todd Hale, Daniel Perez, Bart Cutino, Cliff Barackman and Francis Leiterman.
|the blue pool in Bluff Creek at Louse Camp. Good, cold swimming.|
|the majestic view over the Bluff Creek drainage.|
|Cedar Camp Road near the G-O Road|
|Todd Hale, Bill Munns and Terry Smith - the moment we met!|
|Walking down into Bluff Creek.|
|In Bluff Creek, with Cliff, Bill, me, Daniel and Bobo.|
As I process more photos, I will update the journal from the week out in Bigfoot Country. I can say the site survey achieved all of their goals and was very successful. You can read more about that at Bigfoot's Blog and the Munns Report website. We enjoyed being back in the forests where many of us first spent our "formative years" in this endeavor - it was a week to remember!
|Great hat... there was indeed!|