Our long time member Tirademan (R.I.P. Scott McClean) compiled this extensive archive of Sasquatch related newspaper articles and donated it to the BFF before his passing. The earliest articles in this collection are from 1818 in Florida, 1877 (Australia), 1884 (Canada) and 1764 (Europe).
Looking good. Next accessory is the annex for showers / changing clothes. We don't want your naked white skin scaring the animals. Solar panel(s) for the battery that runs your fancy LED tent lights. The companies that make these types of tents have images in their ads of a tent set up on level ground. You will have to level the truck and level the ladder feet. Store bought levelers from RV shops can get expensive. A box of various sized lumber works too. Rocks work. The factory mattresses are in the "S" category. They Suck. Depending on the load, you may want 2" to 4", roll up , 'memory foam' mattress. 2" minimum. You may not be able to fold up the tent with the extra mattress(es) inside. Rolled up, they occupy a large volume. Storing them in Christmas tree storage bags works OK. Trays for your footwear? How about tin foil baking pans to corral the dirt etc.?
The adventure is just beginning.......................
Wow, thanks for the fantastic details! I very much appreciate all that typing! We were knocking around at the beginnings of those creeks, Brice and Sharps. Looks like GREAT squatching area. I've heard from Tobe Johnson that there's lots of sightings up thataway, too. I also want to try gold panning, which my kid woukd like. Thanks, MIB!
Going to check out that structure on the lake this weekend in my new kayak. Can't wait, should be fun!
I re-read parts of Thom Powell's The Locals and I see now a clue why some people on this forum are of the belief that gov agencies have an interest in BF. The Locals is not the only reason, just a clue, because of the home break-ins to the homes of investigators. I will also guess some researchers know of other instances of this occurring over the years.
I don't claim to have a definitive answer here, just a working theory on that. If you think back, even as recent as 15-20 years ago, tech was much different. We are now living in an unprecedented age of tech evolution. It is frightening how fast the changes occur. The Locals came out in 2003. Thom's research took place in an era when Netscape called its browser Mosaic. He was under the impression the BFRO crappy web site was state of the art and so were rudimentary trail cams his team was using. People used VHS video tapes, landlines. Computer security was not even though of. It's not that long ago.
So my theory is people who were active at that time in BF research, being what it is, draws out kooks. I don't think the NFS or any gov agency would have broken into people's homes and been so obvious as to take ONLY BF research when they could have simply asked the investigators to see their research. I think the break-ins were rogue operators who are unhinged. This field of study attracts that type of individual. Just like this forum and every BF forum will draw instant attack, some people take it to extreme.
Ever since there has been tech, the field of hacking has been popular, ESPECIALLY hacking of phone systems. You would not believe how easy it is to tap a landline. The info is out there and before geeks had powerful computers to grow their skills, they looked to hack anything they could. So phone tapping is not a big clue for gov involvement because even then they needed a warrant and a person would have to have committed a serious enough crime.
I was a voracious reader in the 60's. I got interested in cryptozoology. Then Roger Paterson presented his film in the Columbia theater in Longview WA. I was hooked. Then I read everything I could get my hands on about sasquatch. An experience on the east side of Mt St Helens when some large rocks were thrown at us out of the old growth forest kind of topped it off in the early 70's.