Hunting for Bigfoot in Sacramento
|March 25, 2013||Posted by under People|
Many countries have their own unique tales of legendary creatures – Scotland, for example, has the Loch Ness Monster, while the US has Bigfoot. Whether you believe in their existence or not, hunting for these animals can make a really fun basis for a holiday. In my opinion, jetting off to America on Bigfoot’s trail is definitely an ingredient in an exciting adventure.
You can’t just pick any old destination in the US, though, since some places are more famous for sightings of Bigfoot than others. I’d recommend travelling to Sacramento as part of a fly-drive holiday to California; do so and you not only get all the thrill of experiencing the classic US road trip, but also the chance to explore ‘the Bigfoot Capital of America’.
In actual fact, this so-called Bigfoot capital is located just outside Sacramento in the sleepy town of Willow Creek. Sacramento is the state’s capital city, though, which is why I think it’s worth basing yourself here; after all, you’ll want to have plenty to do when you’re not out hunting for Bigfoot!
The legend of Bigfoot
I think most people are fairly familiar with Bigfoot as a concept (in case you’re not, it’s rumoured to be a large, hairy creature that bears characteristics of both humans and apes), but not everyone knows the history behind the legend. The idea of Bigfoot was catapulted into fame back in 1958, when a construction worker named Jerry Crew discovered massive 16-inch footprints that were human-like in appearance. The Humboldt Times ran the story and dubbed the elusive creature ‘Bigfoot’ – and the name has been used ever since.
That said, you’re likely to have heard it referred to by other names over the years. For instance, ‘sasquatch’ is another term commonly used to describe the animal. So, what does this have to do with Willow Creek? Well, this town is located within Humboldt County, which is where the 1958 footprint discovery occurred, and it’s where thousands of sightings have been reported.
This in itself makes it something of a mecca among Bigfoot believers, but there is actually more to do here than just roam around keeping your eyes peeled for glimpses of the legendary creature. If you are interested in seeing some artefacts and history related to it, for instance, head over to the China Flat Museum, which has a dedicated Bigfoot exhibit. Here, you can see pictures, maps and plaster casts of giant footprints believed to be made by the beast, as well as buy books about it.
Fact or fiction?
While thousands of people claim to have seen Bigfoot, the animal is not recognised by science – namely because there is no proof of its existence. Typically, believers cite the many plaster cast footprints as tangible evidence that the creature lives, but experts say that these would be easy to fake. So, is the story true or false?
Many commentators on the subject have noted that sightings typically take place in sparsely populated areas that are also home to bears, suggesting that most of the reported sightings are in fact people mistaking bears for Bigfoot. However, there are experts that claim the presence of dermal ridges on the casts of the footprints indicate that the animal does in fact exist; there is much debate as to whether these ridges could be easily faked or not.
So, until the world of science can agree, I suppose it’s up to you to decide for yourself. Personally, I think it doesn’t matter whether the story is true or not in terms of your holiday – after all, it’s getting out and seeing for yourself that’s the fun part!