Washington Coast – April, 2007

I’ve always thought the Bigfoot craze was kind of a cool idea.  Could there really be some kind of giant ape man out there around the world?  I have done some research here and there (just over the internet, nothing serious) and have started looking for signs myself when I’m out and about.  I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hiking with a little fly fishing on the side.  Growing up on the coast of Washington near Canada it’s just the way of life.  Being so close to the Olympic National Park, I’m surrounded by so much beauty it’s easy to go out and get lost for hours.

When I was 29 I was hiking one of my favorite spots one day with my friend Carol.  We started off to a spot I knew of down by a creek.  The area is a good place to hang out and eat some lunch.  When we got to the bottom of the hill a foul smell surrounded us.  I thought it might be an animal carcass that was nearby and we were just getting a bad wind.  We sat down on a giant rock near the creek and started eating the snacks we had brought.  Within seconds we were both staring at a massive creature across the small creek.  I couldn’t catch my breath at first.  A Bigfoot was right in front of us.  All the stories I’ve heard or read about in the past portrayed the animal to be giant, but this one was only about 5 feet tall.  I know it sounds weird when I say that the animal was only 5 feet tall, and it doesn’t sound like Bigfoot, but it was!  We were both frozen, scared because we were probably only 40 feet away from it.  I remember the Bigfoot pulling up some kind of grass and then turned in the opposite direction and disappeared into the forest.  We both sat in silence, but could hear the footsteps and sticks breaking as the animal moved through the woods.  I would bet that this lasted for more than a couple minutes.  I made my way down to the edge of the river where it was grabbing the vegetation that I diagnosed to be some kind of wild onion.  Even though this situation scared me a little, it was an amazing story and I share it with everyone I know.  Now, I’m sharing it with you guys.

Believe,

- Rachel

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