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A classic, the Wetzel tale to follow. It brought back memories. I recall a night-time trip many years ago from Los Angeles to Laughlin, Nevada, to attend the International UFO Congress with my then-boyfriend Adam. We were nearing the city when we came upon a large hill which drivers have to navigate around to reach Laughlin’s main drag. From the top, we could see the hotels and garish lights of the city. As we descended around the bend, I, the passenger, noticed a pair of flailing arms down a ways on the right side of the road. Perhaps a driver had rolled his car off the mountain? As we approached, we noticed something odd.
The figure flailed madly, and didn’t seem intent on flagging down any motorists. Instead, it stood in place, like one of those stupid car wash parachute men–which are, I’ve come to learn, called air dancers. As we came closer, I noticed not a face but the shape of its head. It was like an outsized pumpkin, and its arms were very spindly and far too long. It was around midnight, and we were driving too fast for me to make out facial features, but as we came withing about 15 feet the figure suddenly lunged at my car door, scratching at it as if it wanted to open it and eat me or something.
It happened too fast to notice much, although there was no sign of a vehicle, overturned or otherwise. It didn’t speak, or make noise of any kind.
Shaken, we took comfort in the city fast approaching. I was looking forward to this, my first UFO Congress. Perhaps, I said, we were hallucinating from sleep deprivation as we made our way out of the brand new rental car and around to the trunk to retrieve our suitcases.
Perhaps we had been hallucinating, but for one detail.
The rearview mirror looked as though it had been knocked nearly off, and there were a number of large, vicious scratches on the outside of my car door.
This just in… here’s an excerpt from a very fine article…
L.O.W.F.I’s Guest Editorial
The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists presents…
by Craig Woolheater
co-founder and chairman of the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy
A common misconception among the general public is that the Bigfoot phenomenon is limited strictly to the Pacific Northwest. Many people think of Texas terrain as being nothing but prairies and deserts filled with “tumbling tumbleweeds” to quote the famous song.
However, in East Texas, which is where the majority of the reported sightings of Bigfoot occur in the state, there are approximately 12 million acres of forest land. There are four national forests and five state forests in Texas, all located in East Texas, the primary and most important forested area in Texas. The East Texas Pine Belt, or “Piney Woods” as it is commonly called, extends over forty-three counties and accounts for almost all of the state’s commercial timber.
There has been a long history of sightings in the state of Texas. Native American legends dating back hundreds of years describe tribes of hair-covered giants that lived in the forests. One of the first in the history books is the strange case of “The Wild Woman Of The Navidad.” This is a story that was recounted in The Legends of Texas published by the Texas Folklore Society in 1924. The creature was described as being extremely fast and covered in short brown hair. She eluded capture because the horses were so afraid of the strange creature that they could not be urged within reach of the lasso. Mysterious, barefoot tracks were seen frequently in the area. These events occurred in 1837 in the Texas settlements of the lower Navidad.
Continue reading at the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists main site… it’s really rather good!