Thursday, May 06, 2004

A fine, sunny morning here in the Big Foot RV Park. It was cold upon arising (51 degrees ... well, to a hybrid Californian/New Mexican that is cold in May!) 10 of the earlybirds gathered for dinner last night
and we had a swell feast. Sounds like all I do is eat ... well .... the substance of life. One of them. No Curves (my worldwide workout place) in this neighborhood, alas. Today Dena and I intend to do the hot baths and I would like a massage. Jackie Reid is scheduled to arrive tonight for the conference. She will be staying with me. So gotta quit this and do a little housework.

Here's a picture of the entrance to Big Foot.

The Mystery of the Sasquatch (or Big Foot)

Most people are now aware that reports of huge hair-covered, upright-walking creatures are common in most parts of North America and that natives have known about them all along and have various names for them. The Sasquatch was considered to be just a native legend until in 1957 the Village of Harrison Hot Springs proposed to mount an official search for the elusive giants. It was just a publicity stunt, but a remarkably successful one that stirred up interest all around the world and brought to light current stories, from non-natives, of encounters with a huge, upright, hairy animal.

A year later pictures of a cast of an enormous footprint on a dirt road in Northern California brought "Bigfoot" to public attention and it was quickly established that the two phenomenon were the same. Prints almost identical to those of Bigfoot had been cast in 1941 at Ruby Creek, a few miles east of Harrison Hot Springs, and the hairy giants were just as well known to the natives of Northern California as to those in British Columbia, although they had a different name.

Harrison Hot Springs advertised itself as "the land of the Sasquatch" and there have in fact been several sightings reported since that time. Thousands of reports have come to light. The impression is that they lived in tribes, had villages, lit signal fires on mountain tops, and could converse in Indian languages. Current observations picture instead a giant ape that walks upright, but is usually solitary, doesn't have tools, clothes, shelter or fire and lives much the same life as a bear.

Compliments of the local magazine, "Here's Harrison."


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