Friday, August 28, 2015

National Park Stick Structures

In reference to a past blog post "Smoky Mountain Research Update 7/29/13"

Back during the summer of 2013 I was making visits to one of my established gifting areas on a regular bases. The activity was quite regular and intriguing to say the least. Stuffed animals were being taken, complete gift baskets with fruit/snacks were being taken (basket and all) and I was actually finding gifts left for me in return. Mushrooms picked and left on the fallen tree where I left food items along with sticks balanced perfectly across that same tree were truly fascinating. Rocks were being rearranged, peanut butter jar lids were being unscrewed and one was actually left on a log like someone had been sitting there eating lunch!

Around that same time I found a star shaped structure created from broken limbs approximately 30 yards up the creek from my gifting location. I always felt there was something special about that area and never did I disturb the star structure in any way. It always felt "sacred" if that makes any sense. 

I did however create my own "teepee" style structure about 20 feet away from the fallen gifting tree. 

For the next few weeks I monitored the my structure, but never noticed any changes or anything that may have seemed like a response. It wasn't long after that I was unable to get back out to this area for quite a while due to several personal happenings in my life. 
I did get out to this area occasionally over the next year and a half, but mostly night time visits where I would not go into the woods.

On March 29th of 2015 I made a trip back to this gifting area. It had been almost a year and a half since I had been here. What I found that day has baffled me for months now.
About 10 feet away next to the fallen gifting tree was a new star structure against a tree. It was the same tree that I had hung a flower necklace in back when I was visiting this area. 

Also, the small teepee structure I had made was still there and in perfect practically untouched condition. Not the first leaf or tree debris was on top of the structure. It looked like I had made it yesterday.

Maybe it's just me, but I can't see how a year and a half worth of leaves falling, storms, and heavy snows had not disturb the structure one time. It was almost like someone had been taking care of it the whole time. Take it for what you want, but it still blows my mind today.

Before and after...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sneaky Smokey Mountain Coyote

Todays thermal cameras just blow my mind completely. After what seemed like forever in saving my pennies, I was FINALLY able to afford one. It has enabled me to see into a whole different world. While doing some night time investigating in the Cades Cove area of the Smoky Mountains, I was fortunate enough to have this fellow try and sneak past me! Keep in mind this was a moonless and cloudy night in a remote area of the national park. We were in almost total darkness. You can see him coming down the road and leaping over a fence then disappearing into the woods. He then comes back out into the open and heads down the tree line behind my vehicle. You never know who's going to show up out in these woods!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Off to the woods we go… with thermal technology!

As many times that I've sworn I wasn't camping anymore this summer due to the brutal heat and humidity, I am venturing out yet once more this weekend! Back to a place where a little over two years ago, a large "visitor" came to the edge of my campsite. I had just climbed into my tent for the night when large and bright eyeglow appeared behind my tent within arms reach of where I had just walked. 
You can read about this in one of my previous blog post "Possible Bigfoot Eyeglow Behind Tent - Visitor Discovered". 

The visitor...

At the time I had no clue that this fellow was even there. On top of that, I had just stopped at the edge of the campsite before entering my tent and stared out into the woods. I didn't hear anything and I didn't see anything, but I do remember feeling like something was watching me. 

Just moments before, I had set up a Gen 1 night vision monocular connected to a video camera inside my vehicle about 40 yards away. I had it mounted on a tripod and pointed through the halfway rolled down  window towards the campsite. As some of you may know, night vision technology requires an outside light source such as moonlight or infrared to work at its best potential. It takes the smallest amount of lighting and amplifies it many times allowing you to see better in the dark.
It was very dark and cloudy this particular night and I had no outside light source. Therefore the night vision picked up the eyeglow very easily. However, most visual detail was of very low-quality. 

This is the night vision/video camera setup I used that night. 

This weekend I am returning to the same location with a new technology. I have recently purchased a high definition thermal imager/DVR system. Thermal imaging "sees" heat and not light. This is the same system that firefighters use for search and rescue. It allows them to see in total darkness such as a smoke-filled home and locate people. Anything with body heat will show up as extremely bright white and with great detail no matter how dark the lighting conditions are. 

The new thermal and DVR...

I plan on going through the same motions as that night when I had the visitor. Late night walks through the area, cooking supper and just relaxing around the campfire. I will set up the thermal system in my vehicle letting it quietly record all night anything going on behind the campsite. 

This is a very good site for interaction due to several trails that pass nearby. Over the years I have come to realize they use these trails to make their way to and from the area at night. Let's hope they notice I'm back and decide to pay me another visit! I'll post an update on this soon…

Monday, June 29, 2015

Long Time No See!

Well, hello there! It's been a long time since I last sat down to write about my journey with the big guys. It was about a year ago, if I'm not mistaken, that I had settled in my mind that I was letting this blog go to focus more on the research itself. Little did I know what lay ahead of me. Through this past year I have seen many adventures, gained many friends and been to many places. Some I can speak about and some I will not. My beliefs have been strengthened and the values I hold onto have grown deeper. There have been several lessons learned. All in all I feel the more wiser (wouldn't take much). I couldn't have asked for a better path to be led down. 

Over the past few months I have been debating on going back to my writing. It's something I've really missed and I've decided to get back to it. Not saying I'll be able to post updates every week, but hopefully on a fairly regular basis. 
There are quite a few stories I am able to share and I plan to do so right here. To let you know where I am in my research today, I have several areas I visit on a regular basis. Some by myself and some with a VERY select few others. Some are within the Smokies National Park and some are not. On almost any given weekend I am in the woods at least one day or night. The Bigfoot are still interacting, and in some locations... on a much more intense level. 
I look forward to beginning a new chapter to this ongoing journey. 

These are just a few places and findings I've experienced over the past year...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Getting Back To The Basics...

I’ve been debating over something for a very long time that would most certainly change a number of things related to my research of the Tennessee Bigfoot. Ever since I began my journey down this road of “lost innocence” I have allowed myself to be affected and influenced by so many in the same field of study. Many have had actual encounters and some have not. There are an abundance of opinions on the best way to go about gathering evidence and proof. There is so much division, strife and drama within the Bigfoot researching community. How did it become that way??

 In the beginning, I started out following the examples of few different researchers that I learned of from Youtube videos and online forums/blogs. It was all I had to go by at the time. I had no previous “Bigfoot researching experience”. All I had to go by was my first encounter that sparked an interest that has become a life changing journey. As time went by I quickly figured out which researchers were following the same path and style of research I was interested in and I still keep in contact on a regular basis with these researchers.

Something has changed in me over the past year or so. It’s been a constant gnawing in my stomach that I just kept putting on the back burner and I can’t ignore it any longer.

Many may not agree with my decision and believe me there is no shortage of opinions out there. I have decided to get back to the basics. I am including a blog write-up Scott Carpenter put out about a year or so ago.  The first time I read it I knew he had nailed something that I had been struggling with for quite a while. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back and read it. This way isn’t for everyone. There are many styles and methods people use to “research” the Bigfoot. This just happens to be the one I feel truly called to follow.

 Overall I hope I’m making some type of sense to the readers of my blog. Thank you all for the great comments and support over the past year. I plan on continuing this blog, but it may be from a slightly different angle from here on out. Information will not come quickly, but I will post what I discover and as always I welcome comments and discussions on any post I put out.


Please read the following post by Scott Carpenter…


 The only way to truly study the Bigfoot is in its environment.  In order to do this TIME is required. Like Jane Goodall we need passionate and dedicated researchers willing to spend months or even years in the woods with the Bigfoot. Living there 24/7 building trust with a Bigfoot clan. This is the only way I see that we can ethically move forward. This is the logical next step. The problem is we are all amateurs and have no outside financial support for our research. Spending this kind of time will be impossible. This will slow down the research to a painfully slow crawl. Interaction will be built one weekend at a time instead of one day at a time.


I do find it interesting that Jane Goodall took a novel approach in her research.  Per a PBS special Goodall admitted that she had no “collegiate training directing her research”. She “observed things that strict scientific doctrines may have overlooked”. I find this extremely interesting and true of many Bigfoot researchers today. We are not trained in this field of research that is ignored and scoffed at by 99.9% of mainstream science. We do however, like Goodall, bring a common sense approach that is not shackled by “scientific doctrines”. When dealing with Bigfoot research you must think out of the box and be willing to be completely unconventional, that is the only way.


This focus on the study of Bigfoot is going to frustrate those still wanting “proof” or close up HD footage of the Bigfoot. The only way I see HD footage of a Bigfoot being taken (without killing one) is through what is commonly called “habitation”. The researcher is going to have to select a location that is in the Bigfoot’s home range and then spend as much time as possible in this area. The video cameras must be turned off, trail cameras taken down, hair traps removed, and the senseless wood knocking and screaming has to cease.


The “real” work now begins! The day to day field work of going into the home area and making yourself available. We must learn to be unconventional! We are attempting to make contact and have interaction with a race of people whose very survival depends on their ability to avoid us and remain hidden.  Trust must be built. We must study what little information we have about them from the Native Americans and those with long term habituation. We must be aware these are people and we are studying another culture not some wild animal. They do and will have customs that we must learn and respect if we are to interact and learn about them. We must realize the truth about them, not all of them are the “benevolent keepers of the forest”. Like any culture they have a criminal or rogue element and we must be aware of and prepared for this.


We must find a way to communicate with them. Scott Nelson is doing ground breaking work but we must do more than just transcribe what they uttering and translate it. We need a primmer and we need it fast! We may find that there are dialects and different languages spoken across the geographic regions of the country.  I am fortunate that my area of research is near the infamous “Carter Farm”. Thanks to Mary Green’s work with Janice Carter we have a dictionary via her book “Fifty Years with Bigfoot”. The DNA study has vindicated Mary and her work. The dictionary of Bigfoot words and phrases contained in her book will be a valuable tool.


I am already receiving some disgruntled comments from those who think I should cover the exterior of my house with video surveillance gear. First off I tried that, does not work. Second when I was recording constantly I found there is no way to watch that much footage! If I recorded at night that is 12 hours a day! Even on fast speed it takes at least 2 hours per day to watch and to be honest with multiple cameras I just do not have that kind of time! Plus I think this is counterproductive. My goal is no longer to “prove” Bigfoot exist but to study and interact. So if my house is bristling with dozens of electronic recording devices that does not send a friendly “come and visit” message. I hope one day to make contact sitting out back at night. That will not be done with video cameras running.

Those who follow Bigfoot research will need to be patient because the progress will be slow. Advancements will be made in inches not feet. Building a rapport with a local group of Bigfoot will take time, effort, and patience from us all.


The next phase of Bigfoot research is going to be exciting but I see many of the “fair weather” Bigfoot fans and researchers moving on to the next “big thing”.  That usually happens when the “real work” begins.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Rock Games Begin!

Seems the Bigfoot may finally be taking interest in a rock stack I made a few weeks ago. I started placing rocks in different patterns on top of a stump at the edge of the hill beside our home. This location is right up the hill from where we've been seeing our nightly visitors. About once a week I'll make changes to the layout of the rocks. The last time I changed them was 12/22/13. 

On Christmas Day (12/25/13) I went out to look at them and found something very interesting about the two large rocks on the left side. The top rock had been completely flipped over and placed back down! 

When I saw this I did not touch or change anything about the stack, but left it alone to see if anything else would happen. Today (12/27/13) I noticed the small arrowhead shaped rock on top of the small stack of three had been turned just slightly. 

After taking pictures, I rearranged the rocks again. Now we'll just wait and see if the games continue!

Some folks may say anything could have caused the small rock to be turned so slightly, and they may be right. However I firmly believe when dealing with establishing some sort of relationship/habituation you have to pay attention to and question the smallest details. The slightest adjustment to a rock could be communication of some sort...who knows? These guys are smart, possibly much smarter than we could ever imagine. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Enhanced Still Shots From Eyeglow Video

Fellow East Tennessee bigfoot researcher Scott Carpenter did some enhancement work on a few still shots he took from my eyeglow video. When I say "enhancements" I mean that he enlarged the eye and inverted the colors to bring out more detail. No other changes were made so what you see is what was there. The subject is still visiting on a nightly basis and I am still working to capture as much evidence as I can before it's gone.