It was 1 in the morning when I left on a flight to Dayton Ohio. I was ready, there was no need to go over the maps, the locations, I knew where I wanted to go and why. Sleep, no, I can’t sleep on planes. So I brought appropriate reading, “The Asian Wild Man” and Peter Byrne’s book on his Yeti expeditions. I’m a method researcher, and I like to get in the mood.
So, Ignoring the “”why is that guy reading a book with a naked furry guy on the cover looks for fellow passengers, I got to reading, and maybe caught 20 minutes of nap time after all. Not long after, I landed in Dayton, and was quickly picked up by Manuel and Cheuk from the Hong Kong film crew, and we went to eat. One of my favorite part of doing shows is getting fed. I love getting fed.
As it turns out, Cheuk is a well known UFO investigator in Hong Kong, and an excellent one at that, and as it turned out Cheuk and Manuel were two of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with. Cheuk was to be one of my co-stars for this Hong Kong based show. The other was Faye, a travel specialist and a seasoned producer in Hong Kong. I met Faye after lunch with the rest of the crew. We did a segment on what kind of equipment you need in the field and why, and we went to diner. Did I mention I love to be fed?
I quickly found out over diner that this wasn’t your typical film crew that you all too often get here in North America. They wanted to get things right, they wanted to use what I knew, go to the spots I had picked, and more importantly wanted to know the anthropological possibilities on the provenance of the Bigfoot specie. I was starting to like these guys more and more.
I don’t remember much past that. At this point I had been up for nearly 38 hours, and my Motel 6 might as well been the George V in Paris. I collapsed quickly. We were off at 6 Am the next day, and I was up at 4 AM, stoked to get going. We were headed to Salt Fork State Park. A well known Bigfoot hotspot.
IT’S 4 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING SUGAR BIGFOOT
We headed for Salt Fork Lake, and specifically for an spot near a water source and where sightings had occurred. Almost all biological organisms need water. We were hoping to find a trail there, but the woods were a little thicker and steeper then we thought. Still, we ventured out just a little bit, to see if we could find a way deeper in the forest. We couldn’t. The only thing that we found was a rather well preserved dead dear. Most likely, nothing unusual. The only thing that was intriguing, and we discussed this on camera, myself in English and Cheuk and Faye in Cantonese, was that one of the leg bone seemed to have been pull apart and torn, maybe twisted, but we couldn’t find any trace of bite marks. So we discussed the possibilities.
Next, it was time to hike, and I wanted to find a spot near Morgan’s Knob, an area one of my sources said we should check out. We made our way there. and set out on a trail that quickly got thicker, and I’m pretty sure at this point my name within the spIder community in the area is “destroyer of homes”.
THE CREW, FROM THE LEFT, MANUEL FROM VANCOUVER WHO HATES HOCKEY, JUSTIN THE DIRECTOR AND QUITE POSSIBLY MALE MODEL, FAYE FEARLESS CO-STAR, PRICELIA IN THE BACKGROUND ABOUT TO KNOCK SOMEONE OUT AND HONG KONG’S VERY OWN CROCODILE DUNDEE AND FAVORITE UFO RESEARCHER CHEUK.
We walked on for about 20 minutes to half hour with no any action of any kind. Aside from birds, we didn’t hear or see any other animals. After, the forest started getting thicker however, we heard some noises up ahead that there was some type of animal moving about. But as you can see from the picture below, it was increasingly difficult to see anything. Typical of animals in the wild. When you stop moving, they stop moving. Ergo, it was difficult to pinpoint exactly where the noise was coming from. It was loud enough to suggest a large animal, that was going back and forth. We could hear what sounded like footprints, but again it was difficult to reach any conclusions. I tried getting closer, but was unable to obtain a visual. The noise lasted about 15 minutes, and then silence. We didn’t hear anything else, after that.
THE OHIO JUNGLE
I was probably getting hungry at this point, and was time to head to our next location.