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Searching for Sasquatch

Bigfoot of Stevens County's Will Ulmer investigates
Bigfoot of Stevens County’s Will Ulmer investigates

For some reason, I get chosen to cover all the Sasquatch stories for my local papers. I’m not sure why no one else seems to want to write about this, but now it’s kind of my “thing.” Luckily, the people I’ve met (okay, except for a couple) have been completely reasonable and skeptical in their approaches to investigating the mythical creature. Is it real? I dunno, but I’ve sure enjoyed following others along as they’re trying to find out.

Searching for Sasquatch

What do Sasquatch researchers talk about around the fire? Stories of finding footprints, hearing screams, and other mysterious encounters. I get a feeling that there is a little bit of competition in some cases, but for the most part, they all want the same thing: to know if Sasquatch is, in fact, real.

Of course there are the groups that already believe it is real and want to see it with their own eyes. There are others who are skeptical and want to prove — either way — whether it is real or not. Then there are the people who think there’s definitely something out there and want to know what it is.

Being invited on a Sasquatch expedition may sound strange to some, but to me, it was an honor because of the level of trust involved. I agreed to camp overnight at an undisclosed location. Eventually, I was told the address and asked not to reveal it in order to preserve the wildness of the place. Don’t bother asking me where. I won’t tell.

Will Ulmer of Bigfoot of Stevens County greeted me when I arrived. He had just returned to camp with visiting experts Stephen Major of Extreme Expeditions Northwest LLC, Larry “Bean” Baxter of Kenai Bigfoot Research Group, Amy Bue of Project ZooBook, and Josiah Martin of Martin Media. The group had brought thermal and infrared imaging that was really impressive. Their film crew — Josiah — had one of the most advanced drones available. If Sasquatch was out there, they felt pretty confident they’d be able to pick up on him or her…..

From the December 2019 edition of the Silverado Express newspaper. You can read the rest here. If you like it, please give it a clap. Thank you.

Buried Alive

Avalanche Rescue Dog Copyright KS Brooks
Avalanche Rescue Dog from Columbia Basin Search Dogs. Photo by K.S. Brooks

It’s white, but it’s dark. Your arms are pinned. You can’t move your legs. Are you up or down? You can’t tell. Muffled voices filter down through the packed snow, at least you think that. Do they know you’re there? You want to scream, but you don’t want to waste precious air. Terror overrules logic, so you scream bloody murder. Your heart is pounding in your ears so loudly that you’re not sure you’ll be able to hear anyone answer you. Tears pour down your face.

You jerk when something pokes you. “I’m here!” you yell.

“He’s alive!” you hear.

The sound of shovels cutting into the snow brings even more tears. “Hold on, we’re coming! Hang in there!” they call out to you.

From the March 2020 edition of the Silverado Express newspaper. It also was picked up in a January edition of the Chewelah Independent newspaper. Read the rest here. If you like it, please give it a clap. Thank you.


Levi Seitters at the NE Washington Fair
Levi Seitters at the NE Washington Fair. Copyright K.S. Brooks

When I arrived at Seitters Farms, a side-by-side sped past me and slid sideways to a stop on the icy and muddy driveway as if guided by the skill of a professional dirt track racer. When I put my truck in park, I looked over to see Levi Seitters behind the wheel of the UTV, a bright, toothy grin from ear-to-ear.

“That was pretty awesome,” I said.

“She said I should beat you here,” Levi spouted, referencing his sister, who was seated next to him….

From the January 2020 edition of the Silverado Express newspaper. Read the rest here. If you like it, please give it a clap. Thank you.