Paranormal and the Outdoors

Hey folks! Heather here! Shawn is one of our newest investigators-in-training and he has already proven to be our resident Bigfoot expert. Before applying to PGI to become an investigator, he has led, and participated in, several Bigfoot “hunts.” Everyone in PGI is excited to hit the woods with Shawn sometime this year for our first official Bigfoot investigation. This is his first blog post and there will be several more, I’m sure. So enjoy his take on the paranormal entity/cryptozoological animal known as Sasquatch.

The word paranormal means “anything beyond the ‘normal,’ or outside of scientific explanation.’ Chances are you already knew that or you wouldn’t be here reading this.  Thunder, lightning, wind, comets, tornadoes, drought, crop blight, mental health issues, and a plethora of other daily environmental, climatological, and physiological events were once considered paranormal in earlier times. Such events were attributed to the devil, demons, witches, god/s, but all are now perfectly accepted natural “normal” events. What some people forget is there are still paranormal events and experiences that are not always specters, ghosts, or things that go bump in the night. Well, some things that still go bump in the night are paranormal.

Many people enjoy spending time in the outdoors and some recreational activities place people in the woods for extended periods of time. As a culture, Americans have urbanized and have begun to lose “touch” with nature. It’s when you finally step back into the woods, into our beginnings, that something deep in the dark recesses of our brains remembers those ancient experiences and we experience something that our minds cannot process or explain. It is then you have the paranormal experience while camping, hiking, hunting, etc.  And therein lies the crux of the paranormal. The “What the Hell was that??!!”  moment.  And that is where he lives. Who lives you may ask? Sasquatch, The Hairy Man, Skookum, Skunk Ape, Bigfoot. Bigfoot lives in the paranormal because the scientific community lives in fact and theory and until scientific fact is proven incorrect, everyone else is wrong. Not all of the scientific community discards the idea of Bigfoot, just the vast majority, or at least the loudest of the naysayers. Scientists have had careers ruined over Sasquatch, until now. Now there is a shift in the belief of the possibility of the existence of Squatches.

Why is it that hunters, backpackers, hikers, and people who live in remote rural areas seem to be the only ones who experience this phenomenona? Because they choose to put themselves right in Sasquatch’s backyard. It is that simple. Those people are also the ones who cannot explain what they saw or experienced because they lack a frame of reference, so it is usually and quickly dismissed as misidentification of known species and because modern science has said there are no KNOWN fossil records of a large bipedal primate shown to have lived in North America. Apparently, modern man was the only primate smart enough to use the Bering Strait Land bridge during the last ice age. Yet, modern science continuously has to adjust its timeline on this as archaeological sites push this time line further back.

Did someone say fossil record? Easy. Less than 1% of 1% of all life that ever existed had the PERFECT conditions present to create a fossil record. And the deep forests are not even close to being the perfect conditions for fossils, never mind all the scavengers. But we all know there are deer and bears and squirrels, etc., in the woods. Where are the bodies of the ones that die of natural causes? They are there, somewhere, for a time. What about mountain lions? I have personally photographed mountain lion paw prints, in the mud, at a large metro-Atlanta county park. When talking to a DNR officer he scoffed and told me there may be some mountain lions in extreme South Georgia but none this far north. That is, until I showed him the picture. They are here but no one see them except for the people who spend inordinate amounts of time looking for them.

So why are Squatches hiding in the deep forests? Because we are not there! Think of it this way. There are two species competing for resources in the same environment. One starts getting the upper hand and chases the other out. You, the winner, want to make sure you don’t have to revisit this fight so you keep chasing. The loser, scared for its very survival, decides it is time to stop running when the winner stops chasing. And looking around, the loser decides that this place, the deep forest, is a pretty good place to live, sleep, forage, and hunt where it can move easily and quietly to avoid the vicious pack of hairless things that chased it here. But it teaches it’s young to avoid those creatures at all costs.  And so it goes until you have the myth, the legend, and the folklore extraordinaire, Bigfoot.

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About Heather Scarbro Dobson

I wish I was Wonder Woman, but I'm actually a wife, mother of three, author, paranormal investigator, and a stay-at-home astronaut. When I'm not terrorizing the Bible Belt PTA with my purple hair and "Hail Satan" shirt, you can find me at home, binge-watching "Charlie's Angels."
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  1. Pingback: The Sasquatch Is Out There, Part 2 | Paranormal Georgia Investigations

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