Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sasquatch Trek In the Arizona Desert


I was lucky enough to trek out into the gorgeous habitat that is the Salt River in the far Northeast Valley outside of Phoenix with a seasoned Sasquatch Researcher and guide, Karl Sup.

(photo by Karl Sup)

The Salt River is a favorite recreation spot in the hot Arizona summertime. But, this spring, the usual quiet has been broken by some signs of occupants. 

This particular area had a valid report of potential Sasquatch activity in the form of someone throwing large boulders into the water from the island and some bedding looking areas within the bamboo.

Curious to look for some signs and to also evaluate the Desert Sasquatch, Karl and I headed out to make a survey.

 


Some of the things to be aware of when going to a site are how to be extremely aware. It means, studying the ground and the trees, the bushes around you, listening to the animal calls, and being aware of change in behavior of animals, unusual scents, and to also be aware of your own sense of being watched. It's a pretty powerful sense when you pay it heed.


Evaluating the resources, there was a great population of fish and freshwater mussels, quail, javelina, lizards, snakes, and more. There was plenty of fresh water, caves in the high rock escarpment overlooking the waterway, and dense bamboo, almost jungle-like. 


Heading down the trail, we kept our eye on everything around us, while I focused on broken limbs and twig shapes, Karl studied the ground, noticing something out of place from the shoe marks left for the past months (without rain they remained) by hikers.



 (Photos above by Karl Sup)



Could have been a stray footprint, except that it was bare and it was aimed sideways on the path to take the next step into the grasses up above and the stride where the grass was pressed down was 6 feet away.  Quite a stride! 


 (Here's where it took off after it stepped up into the grasses)

It led into a very inhospitable area, not one any barefoot person would consider. Our socks were already covered in burrs from these grasses.

Nearby, there were also tree breaks.

 (photos above by Karl Sup)


We found more bare footprints.  Not as large, but right near another odd finding - a digging rock -







A hole that someone had been digging into the ground using a large rock. In fact, there were finger-like claw marks where someone had dug into the sandy soil.  There was no apparent reason a person would be doing this and we know that only people could pick up a rock like that and dig.





We then found a path that led behind a boulder as we tried to get to the way up to the cave above. There was apparently one way up and that was a choke-hold, as noted by Karl, who stealthily surveyed the spot.  


Beneath a widespread tree, surrounded by rock outcroppings, there was a little shamble of an exceedingly steep ledge that could get up there, but one had the awkward situation of having to climb over a tree to get up there. The limb was high of the ground, but the bark well worn where someone had climbed over the 40 inch high limb. Karl, who stands 6'5" would have been hard strapped to climb up over this limb.


  
 (Photo by Karl Sup) 


Deciding our time was better spent looking at where the Sasquatch spend their evenings retrieving food and getting water and enjoy the river to themselves at night, we headed back down to the island in the river.

We did pass some rock stacks, but it's always difficult to discern just who put these up. Since it is a recreational area, we left them to the explanation of human.

 (photo above by Karl Sup)

We trudged through the river to the island. 

We found an island filled with bamboo- tall, thick, and like a jungle, but portion of it were totally bent down within.


Something was going in there and patting it down to make little areas to lay down. There are other wildlife explanations and this is common when you're assessing Sasquatch habitats. The fact is, they share it with all of nature and so many things could be caused by lots of other woodlands creatures, but what you try to look for are things that:

a. Show ideal habitat for Sasquatch and their needs.
b. Patterns of active behavior at night and quiet in daytime.
c. Use of twig symbols, tree breaks, footprints, and use of tools that would not be attributed to others.
d. Things of intelligent design and construction (more later on that).

What we found overall was an ideal place to take cover. When Karl went into the brush to check out a tree break, within a few feet of entering it, he was completely lost in the dense overgrowth and I could not see him. 




We came across rather large boulder about the size of a large watermelon that had been picked up and dropped, breaking into pieces. What a racket that must have made - 


Human or Sasquatch? We can't tell from this, but we do find it matches stories of night time tossing of large rocks in the island area.

As we trekked back we passed something we didn't even notice on the way in, but coming back, we realized we were facing the opening of a structure of sorts.


(photo by Karl Sup)


What we came across was an opening into a deep very dark tight tunnel of sorts made from someone breaking off and utilizing bamboo to make a lean-to opening in front of a stand of bamboo, the rest of the bamboo bent over to form a deep, dark, cool and damp tunnel within that was about 15 feet long. All in all, the entire thing looked like a bamboo jumble until you stepped back and realized it looked like a little hut.



As you can see, it's often difficult to discern what is nature, what is accidental, what is human, and what is Sasquatch, but you can look for a habitat that has ideal conditions and here the conditions were ideal. The natural preserve is enormous, just enormous, and the rock outcroppings are filled with caves to retreat to and to look down and see what is happening below in a natural habitat along the river that is a dream come true for any Sasquatch.

Can Sasquatch live in the desert? Of course they can. Any where that Native Americans have founded their homes and lived on the land, so can our cousins, the Tall Ones.

I'd like to thank Karl Sup for the practical guide through the habitat and for his exceptionally well developed senses. He did not miss a thing. I was quite impressed.



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