We cross paths with others in life all the time. Some people are with us for mere moments, others stay awhile and share their time with us and move on. Then there are those who come into our lives and mark it. They change it, they leave us with not a fleeting memory of who they are but a life etched on our timeline, never to really leave. Honestly, I can’t recall how the idea really started. Alan and I had got our Fathom Frontiers rolling and we were (and still are) loving getting out to the woods and seeing what adventures we could find.
At some point we were invited to be on The Bigfoot Field Reporters talk show, hosted by someone named Sharon Lee. We were thrilled to be on the show and though we were still pretty green as things go in the Bigfoot world, we dove in head first with child like abandon, and disregard for what could happen. Well, we are glad we did.
What also worked out great for us is the Sharon Lee lived here in Northern Ohio, a mere 1/2 hour away from us. One of our most memorable research adventures included spending time on some private property in southern Ohio. We were able to camp on the edge of a U shaped holler, right in the middle of what had been an active area for sightings and sounds. During one of the nights we played recordings from the Sierra Sounds,and we got a loud howl back, followed by the sound of a tree being pushed down. This really happened. The hiking at night was risky do to tree fall from a recent storm, so even with flashlights we stayed around camp. That ended being the only interaction we had.
During that weekend a new adventure idea was born. How about a weekend that is family oriented, and gets people outdoors, we head out into the night in one of the hottest areas for Bigfoot in Ohio, Oh and we’ll learn about other aspects of nature to give us, and everyone else a solid base to learn from when heading to the woods. Great, and The Salt Fork Bigfoot Experience was born!
Since then what is now called Bigfoot Adventure Weekends has grown, as have we, and we have met some amazing people and some have become friends.
The Bigfoot Field Reporter, Sharon Lee has moved on to seek other adventures. She will always be a part of this, as with Alan and I we created this incredible weekend. Sharon we thank you for those early mornings and hot coffee and your ability to take a herd of kids and get them together. We thank you for those grocery store runs. I am still amazed you were able to get all of that into your car. Thank you for knowing folks who could provide us with snacks and those incredible breakfast burritos.
Most of all through the sometimes challenging effort to pull this event off, the rainy days, and sunny days, the drives, we thank you Sharon for your friendship. We hope to be able to share stories of your adventures, in whatever you do.
Alan and I could not do this by ourselves. We knew we needed someone to work with us to help make this happen. We look to past BAW’s and we found who we were looking for, David, “Taters” Wickham. David brings amazing enthusiasm, passion and creative ability, not to mention an interest in the Bigfoot phenomena. We look forward to working with David and bring more awesome adventures to share with folks.
For more check out www.bigfootadventureweekends.com