This summer's BeachFoot was a resounding success and a really fun time. I drove down with Joe Beelart and we had a great conversation in his truck about everything from the Djinn to bigfoots to Joe's memorable (and colorful) experiences in marine corps.
You can find a list of speakers here on the American Primate Foundation website: BeachFoot 2014.
I particularly enjoyed chatting with John Bindernagle about his theories on why modern science has been so hesitant to even consider the preponderance of evidence on the Bigfoot Question. John has written extensively about bigfooting and the sciences. We exchanged books happily. I plan to write a formal review of the book I was happy to receive.
I'm sure by now that most of you have heard how Todd Neiss married Diane Stocking on Saturday. The ceremony was touching with so many bigfooters enthusiastically lending their support and celebratory enthusiasm. In fact, the marriage vows concluded with a long kiss followed by everybody in the Ye Olde Hrothgarian Mead Hall offering their best bigfoot calls. Whooooooeeeeeayyyy!
Bob Gimlin was in top form despite having recently been bucked off a horse that he was breaking in. I was happy to see him walking around when many men half his age might have limped or nursed their bruises. I felt fortunate to play one of Denise's famous drums in a special ceremony for Bob on Saturday night when a drum was presented to him. In fact, Denise went on to offer a drum as a wedding gift for Todd and Diane on Sunday in yet another very special ceremony.
I plan to write a blog entry about Denise's drums in the near future. They are extremely unique and beautiful to hear and to play, as well.
Of course, Peter Byrne was in top form, as well. I enjoyed talking with him about his latest writing projects, as well as fine bourbon. It's always a pleasure to visit with Peter.
Les Stroud of Survivorman called in with a video connection and spoke for about thirty minutes about how his program plans to incorporate more bigfoot "hot spots" into six future episodes.
Survivorman has already focused on some remote locales with bigfoot activity. I, for one, really enjoyed hearing Les's take on the subject matter. As a Canadian with extensive experience out in the "bush," he has come in contact with bigfoot knocks, calls, and other activity. It was just terrific to hear him talk openly about his thoughts on a subject that tends to keep famous and successful folks from opening their mouths (at least in public). My hat's off to Les for bringing some much deserved attention to a subject that the world deserves to know more about--namely bigfoot!
Speaking of bigfoot hot spots, the Alsea river is no stranger to activity. Although I didn't hear any knocks at night, I really enjoyed the campground that is situated bucolically on a rare slice of hinterlands that rest between rural farmsteads and coast range wilderness. It was quite a haul to get down to the Alsea from Portland, but once there I could certainly appreciate the natural beauty and logistics of the campground; it's just the right size to host 100 select guests and their tents, RV's, and vehicles.
Saturday grew swelteringly hot by late afternoon, so I took the opportunity to dip myself in the river seven times. The slow, meandering body of water plays host to a fairly respectable contingent of crayfish. I saw more than a couple of their shells sprinkled here and there along a forest path down to the river's edge. Their bright red shells seemed uncharacteristically bright red, as if the boiling water of some crawdad feed must have lightened them in color, but, no, they were the same essential color underwater, as the watery little beasts approached my bare toes territorially. My big toe is pleased to report that no claws got up the nerve to clamp down or draw blood.
Ron Morehead's new book discusses his first-hand inspection of the Paracas skulls in Peru
I'm glad that I made time for BeachFoot in my busy schedule this summer. It was really cool to hang with the Randles, the Moreheads, the Meachams, Guy Edwards, Tanya Barba, Rictor Riolo, Todd and Diane, the Bindernagles, Tom Yamarone, Paul Graves, Oliver Kirk, and so many more good people.
What a great time and a rewarding chance to mingle with dedicated bigfooters from every walk of life. Thanks to Todd and Dianne for making 2014 BeachFoot happen . . . and congrats on a blissful new union!