They Had a Conference on Bigfoot and I Missed It… Darn!

Peggy Mekemson holds hands with large Sasquatch

Peggy holds hands with a very big Bigfoot/Sasquatch in Ocean City, Washington. BTW… Is that an SST being followed by a flying saucer up in the sky? (I think the SST was honking.)

 

You don’t have to know much about me to know that I am a Bigfoot/Sasquatch fan. How could I not be, having the world’s only Bigfoot trap about three miles away from where Peggy and I live? People seriously thought they might catch the big fellow, or his wife, or the kids back in the 70s. They even hired an old miner to keep an eye on the trap, outfitting him with a tranquilizer gun and a very large set of handcuffs. The fact that they never caught him may be a comment on his existence— or the fact that he was a lot smarter than the people trying to catch him. Or maybe Bigfoot is a vegetarian and wanted nothing to do with the large hunk of well-aged beef they baited the trap with— unlike the bear they did catch.

The world’s only Bigfoot trap is located about three miles from where we live. The doors have long since been welded shut and local high school students have added graffiti.

When Peggy and I traveled up to the central Washington coast a few weeks ago, you can imagine my consternation when I discovered that I had just missed a conference on Sasquatch. I’ve attended lectures before, our Genealogical Society hosted one, but never a whole conference. The Washington event even included a bona fide scientist or two. Posters, signs, and a billboard announced the ‘Sasquatch Summit.’ It would have made a fun post.

Sasquatch Summit Billboard

A billboard…

Bigfoot crossing sign

One road sign announces the conference while another warns drivers to watch out for Bigfoot crossing the road.

Sasquatch Conference poster

A poster provides details.

My dismay was countered somewhat by the fact that Bigfoot was a commercial success in the area. It seemed like everyone in the communities of Ocean Shores, Ocean City and Copalis wanted in on the action. Motels, resorts and a pub used him to advertise. The area, like many along the coast from California to Washington, is also into wood carving as an occupation. For a few hundred bucks, we could have had our own Sasquatch to bring home.

Large sasquatch 1

A close up of Peggy’s friend.

Surfing Sasquatch flashes hang loose symbol

A local motel featured Bigfoot and his buddy Bigfoot running with a surfboard while flashing the ‘hang loose’ sign.

Bigfoot surfing

Buddy Bigfoot.

Sasquatch hangs out with carved heron

The Ocean City Market, which focuses on wood carving, featured Peggy’s Bigfoot as a marketing tool and had this smaller one for sale.

Fu Manchu Sasquatch

We also found this fellow sporting a Fu Manchu mustache.

This guy up the road looked a bit more primitive.

I was looking into a puddle when I caught this reflection of Bigfoot staring back at me.

Sasquatch at Green Lantern Pub in Copalis, Wa

The Sasquatch at the Green Lantern Pub was outfitted with a clam digging shovel and a green lantern.

Green Lantern Pub BLT in Corpalis, WA

The pub featured this Bigfoot sized BLT…

BLT at Green Lantern Pub, Copalis

…that I had to sample. I don’t think eating another one is included in my New Year’s resolutions for 2018!

Women's restroom at Green lantern Pub, Copalis

And the women’s restroom at the pub featured this guy, who apparently wasn’t known for his big feet. Peggy, who is infinitely curious, just had to raise the fig leaf, not knowing that a buzzer was going to go off in the pub when she did! So, assuming you didn’t know about the buzzer, how many of you are as curious as Peggy?

 

THURSDAY’S POST: The flowers of England’s Chatsworth House.

SATURDAY’S POST: 2017 in Review

TUESDAY’S POST: Wandering around the central coast of Washington

26 comments on “They Had a Conference on Bigfoot and I Missed It… Darn!

  1. So do you believe there is a Bigfoot Curt or is it like the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster?

    Bigfoot and the Hendersons remains one of my favourite films I have to say.

    That is quite a BLT, rather like the Turkey sandwich I am going to get later I suspect!

    • My brother swears he saw what could only be described as Bigfoot on a trail in central Oregon during the 70s. He was a conservative businessman at the time and not given to flights of fancy. I certainly have an open mind and keep my eyes open when I am out and about in wilderness areas. I saw a track this summer that was very large and appeared to have distinctive toes out in an area where Bigfoot has reputedly been seen. But I need more definitive proof.
      Harry and the Hendersons is also a favorite of ours. We broke our copy out for the grandkids last year.
      Good luck with the turkey sandwich! I always love leftovers. Ours is prim rib. –Curt

  2. Is it just me… Or does the Bigfoot carving with the “North Beach” surfboard look like a cross breeding with Homer Simpson?

    A Celacanth was pulled up out of the ocean just a few decades ago. A duck billed platypus was sent to England back in the Botany Bays days and they performed an Autopsy to see how the bill was attached. There are several things to be discovered and like you Curt, I am skeptical but keeping an open mind.

    Now U.F.O.’s and Aliens… Oh Hell Yes, that is ALL Real, No doubt about it

    • Hmm, I wonder about the Simpson connection?
      Interesting bit on the UFOs lately with the government folks confessing that they were actually looking for them as recent as a few years ago! Unlike, Bigfoot, who I have never seen, I did see a UFO! –Curt

  3. That fig leaf buzzer is hilarious. Hope Peggy wasn’t too embarrassed. Thanks for the reminder. I suspect we could be in Big Foot country here, too. I’ve been on the lookout for bears and cougars. My sweetie was lucky enough to come face to face with a bobcat, but didn’t have the camera handy. Apparently they stared at each other for awhile before the cat disappeared.

    • It takes more than that to embarrass Peggy! 🙂 I’ve met a few bobcats out on the trail. They seem almost as curious about us as we are about them. As for cougars, we have one in our neighborhood, now. I haven’t seen it but I’ve seen its scat full of deer hair. The local herd has scattered far and wide! –Curt

    • My close friend was one of the Electrical Sub-contractors that updated the Tonopah test range. funny in that a year or so later, Ranchers in the area started reporting a bat shaped craft like no plane had looked before. Yep, testing range for the F-117 Stealth Fighter.

      • I remember the F-117/UFO mixup, Bradley. My sighting was in Sacramento. It was round, flew into a small cloud in one direction, and out in another, accelerated rapidly and disappeared into the distance, circa 1968/69. And no, I was not on any hallucinatory drugs although I followed it up with a scotch chaser. 🙂 –Curt

    • Probably out of Mather AFB. Both McClellan and Mather were in operation in the late 60’s with Beale and the U-2 and Blackbird just up the road. Curt, they are probably doing more reverse engineering at Wright-Patterson than Area 51. There are things that our government wants to hide. Oh… By the way, I am a Freemason and just as soon as they tell me, I will let you know as apparently us Masons are taking over the world. LOL! Do you Remember when LOL meant, “Lots Of Luck”?

      • Or ‘Little Old Lady’. Laughing. If it was an airfare prototype, they were way ahead of the times! It had the turning capability of a helicopter combined with the acceleration speed of the 2006 New Horizons mission to Pluto! 🙂 –Curt

  4. Oh no, shame you missed the conference, Curt but you weren’t short on sightings of the being itself (well, carved ones at least!). I love mysteries like this, is it real or not…then reading about your brother makes me veer to the possible. Haha!! Poor Peggy and the alarm though I think she’s a woman of my heart – yep, I’d just have to lift that flap!! Hope you’re having a great holiday break!

    • I am totally enjoying this too much! I look forward daily to reading comments from intelligent people that have strong opinions but share them without shoving them. I want to make 2018 the best year of my life. Happy New Year Curt and Peggy and get those drafts of that Kindergarten reject ready for critique. it’s going to be good…

      • Well, Bradley, may your dream of making 2018 the best year of your life come true! Happy New Year to you and your family. And I am cranking out the stories. I’ll return to them next week. –Curt

  5. I would have loved that conference, but I must say your photos suggest the area would make for a good visit any old time. I don’t think anyone’s going to trap Bigfoot. Heck — people around here can’t even trap feral hogs very well, and Bigfoot has to be smarter than a hog: at least, marginally.

    Do I believe? I’m iffy, but on the other hand, they’re constantly discovering new species in places like the Amazon, so who can say? One thing’s for sure. If Bigfoot ever decides to go public, he’d better get an attorney, an agent, and a CPA before he does.

    • Hogs are pretty darn smart, but if Big Foot exists, he is a genius of disguise and subterfuge! I’d add a personal body guard to your list. Otherwise, he might end up as a trophy.
      And you are right about the area. It’s a bit like ours. Adding Big Foot would be a treat, but he certainly isn’t necessary. –Curt

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