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NAPE, TEXAS 2007
A FEW RANDOM PHOTOS FROM THE TEXAS "BOOT CAMP"
The Searching for Bigfoot team, lead by Tom Biscardi, embarked on one of our most exciting and physically demanding expedition ever. The team attempted the firSt ever, “live capture” expedition in history. We were met by many obstacles, not the least of which being the weather. We were drenched by torrential rains, blown by vicious winds reaching over 60 miles per hour, and may have even been hit by a small tornado! None of which could stop us or our intrepid guests from our mission.
After driving non-stop for over 29 hours, from California, (each of us taking shifts at the wheel), Tom Biscardi, TJ, and I (JavaBob Schmalzbach) arrived in Paris Texas in the evening of the 25th of March. We were met by some of our advanced team, Rex Houdyshell and Roger Peterson, who had arrived from Arizona a day or so earlier. Rex and Roger had gone out the day before and were excited to share what they had found. Both Rex and Roger shared that they had had some type of encounter with a creature! They had both seen something running through the trees, heard “tree knocking”, and what they both believe to be vocalizations! Rex was able to shoot some video of what they both saw. We were very excited to be able to review the video and we all could see something moving through the trees. Unfortunately, the glimpses that Rex was able to catch on tape, were not clear enough to be definitive and we were unable to verify what they were. We are taking the video back to see if we can enhance it enough to get some definitive data from it, but for now, we only have the eye witness reports from Rex and Roger.
Of course, this was enough to get us all extremely excited about the upcoming expedition! By now it was late in the evening and we were exhausted from our drive. We curled up in our beds and slept through the night. The following morning on the 26th, we got up early to go out into the field and set up our base camp. The weather was mild and clear and we were hoping that despite the reports, it would stay that way. We set up our base camp across the lake from where we would be deploying our expedition teams. We picked this site for base camp because it was the only place we could get some cell phone reception by utilizing the signal booster we have in our truck. We were also line of site from the areas we would be exploring, so we could have better communication (walkie-talkie), along with better radio signals from our remote cameras. We set up a small tent city, with our radio receivers, communication stations, and supply tents. We had made arrangements to use a pontoon boat to shuttle people back and forth across the lake to the study sites, but unfortunately, there were some mechanical problems with that boat and we had to go to our backup plan of a smaller boat. We set the smaller boat in the water and tied it up to shore at our base camp. The weather was holding and we hopeful that the rain and foul weather being predicted by the local weather services might pass us by.
''''HERE IS TJ SETTING UP THE BOAT AND TOM OVERSEEING THE BASE CAMP SET UP''''
After a long day of prep work we split the team up, with some staying at the base camp and the rest heading back to the motel to prepare for our quests. After a good nights sleep, we got up to meet with the first of the guests to begin arriving. We set up a room to begin the next day's orientation programs to help everyone understand the safety rules and regulations, plans for the upcoming days, review of the equipment we would be using, and assign the teams for the expedition.
''''SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT WE ARE USING and SOME EXAMPLES OF WHAT HAD BEEN FOUND EARLIER IN THE AREA''''
''''A GROUP PICTURE OF TEAM LEADERS and PEOPLE GETTING UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH EACH OTHER''''
The following morning, on the 28th, we took our teams out to the base camp to finish the orientations. There, we met with the Texas State Game Warden, Darla Barr. Darla was kind enough to give a presentation to our teams concerning what local plants and animals to avoid, what to do should we happen onto any ordinances (land mines, grenades, shells, etc..) found in the area, how to handle any Indian artifacts that we might discover, update us on the latest weather reports, and to give us direct access numbers to emergency services should we require them. After the onsite orientation, the teams headed back to the motel to get ready for the nights expedition. The expeditions were planned for 10pm to 4am Texas time because we know the creature is nocturnal. We had already surveyed the area over the past year and knew what should be the most productive sites to send our teams. We hoped to set up a “pincher” type maneuver designed to push the creature(s) towards a central point where we could attempt a capture.
During our pre-deploy operation, Richard Ray of Fox News was out with a camera crew to get a taste of what we were planning. Richard was able to go out with TJ and go to some of the areas where our night time expedition would be taking place. You can listen to some of his inputs by listening to our archived radio show at:
MARCH 29th PRE-EXPEDITION SHOW!
''''THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM''''
After the radio show, we were all very excited. We headed back to the motel to prepare for the following nights work.
We knew that tomorrow night would be the first night of our actual "in field" expedition. The weather reports said we could expect foul weather, but right now it was still beautiful out and we had no idea as to what was to come. Although I don’t think anyone was able to sleep, we headed back to the motel and we tried to get as much rest as possible before going out for the evenings work. Later that evening, we assembled to head back to the base camp again, the weather was already changing. By now, the wind was blowing and we were getting occasional flashes of lightening and loud claps of thunder. The mood was apprehensive as we got to the base camp. Tonight, are plan is to investigate the areas and place our remote cameras and other technical gear prior to bringing the guests out into the field. Once everything was set, we headed back to the motel to get our last night of sleep prior to the actual capture attempt. The following morning, 3/30/07, we drove over to the far side of the lake to do a daylight search prior to our planned night time expedition. We were fortunate in that it had rained heavily the night before and we discovered fresh prints in the newly formed mud. It was a rare opportunity to attempt to make casts and for many of the people on the expedition to see their first actual prints. The ABC News team, lead by Mike Castellucci, was there to see the prints first hand and to watch as they were being cast. You can hear his comments on our archived radio show by clicking below:
MARCH 30th FIRST EXPEDITION UP DATE SHOW!
''''THE ABC CREW FILMING THE PRINTS BEING CAST and SOME OF OUR NEW TEAM LEARNING HOW TO CAST PRINTS''''
''''THE AREA THE PRINTS WERE FOUND and A CLOSE UP OF A RAW PRINT''''
''''THE CAST OF THE PRINT and A CLOSE UP SHOWING DERMAL RIDGES''''
''''SO YOU CAN SEE THE RELATIVE SIZE OF THE CAST... HERE IS LAUREL HOLDING IT WITH ROGER AND REX''''
It had all come down to this… The finial night of expedition! We had seen many signs of the creature. We had heard it in the forests and seen the prints it left behind! Tonight is the night we would attempt to solve this mystery once and for all! The general mood was quite and determined. There was nothing to stop us now! We gathered at the base camp and pondered what was to come. The weather was bad, once again… perhaps worse than the night before. But, we were determined and we had a job to do. We knew the weather was against us, we were already cold, wet, and tired. But we were determined! Once again we gathered at the base camp in the dead of night. We geared up and tested our equipment. We divided up into our pre-assigned teams and prepared to load into the boat to be ferried to our assigned areas on the far side of the lake. We discussed the backup plan on where we might need to hike, should the weather get too rough to use the boat to get us back out again. We would be able to drive our truck around the lake and pick up our teams from a single point if we could not get our boat back across to pick up the teams. By now, it was raining pretty heavily and wind was picking up. There were tornado warnings coming up on the weather channel, but none showing in our immediate locations. The decision was made to move out and begin our capture plan! We knew we were prepared and had taken precautions to keep everyone safe, but you could almost taste the tension in the air. The first groups of team leaders and the teams they were responsible for loaded the boat and headed out across the lake!
As the teams reached their assigned areas, we began checking in with each other every fifteen minutes. The winds kept on increasing and the thunder and lightening grew louder and brighter. The going was very difficult as we attempted to break brush in the dark of night. The special equipment that had been built for us was beginning to fail us. The weather was too much to overcome. The special cameras were shorting out, the listening devices were being over whelmed by the noise of the driving rain and winds. Most of our electrical equipment was getting wet. We were relying on our own senses and knowledge to keep going. Being isolated by areas of heavy forest and/or swampy areas, each team was only able to keep in touch by walkie-talkie and sometimes we had to relay messages between teams to contact the base camp. My team, was the furthest out and we got most of our information relayed to us by Hawk’s team.
The wind and the weather had gotten so bad, that my team, lead by Rex Houdyshell, decided it would be best if we “hunkered down” and waited for a break in the weather. We wrapped ourselves in our ponchos and built a small fire between some large trees. We laid close to the ground as the weather passed over us. There were 4-5 inch diameter tree branches breaking off of the large trees and blowing all around us. We were safe in our little sheltered area, but we had to lay there waiting before we could get out and contact the rest of the teams. Once the main part of the storm passed, we were able to call Hawk’s team and get an update from base camp. We were informed that the boat would not be able to pick us up at 4am as planned and that we should attempt to make it to Hawk’s location about two miles away to facilitate a pickup once the boat was able to make it to us. We began our journey towards the second team. We could see the fire from their location, but the only way to get there was through a huge swampy area between the lake and the forest. We tried breaking brush through the woods, but it was just too dense, so we attempted the hike across the swamp. We found that if we moved from one clump of reeds to another, we could stay “afloat” on the mud long enough to step to the next clump of reeds. However, if we stopped we would sink in the mud and would be stuck. We decided to attempt the swamp crossing anyway. After about ninety minutes of travel, we had crossed the swamp to the muddy shoreline between the lake and the forest. Our legs were feeling like rubber after the effort, but we had made it! Once there, we again contacted the base camp who informed us they had another boat on the way to pick us up. It was already beginning to become daylight when the first boat made it to our combined site. I loaded the crews into the boat and once everyone was safely back to base camp, I climbed aboard and headed back. I was totally soaked and exhausted.
We returned back to base camp to find that all of our tents and much of our equipment had been blown apart. We were told that a small tornado had actually touched down at Lamar Point just a few miles from where one of the expedition teams had been. We were not able to verify that there had been a tornado, but I believe there probably was. Once back to base camp and safe, the teams were able to share their experiences. To my shock, I found that of the five teams, three of them had had actual sightings! That means that there were 15 eye witnesses! Hearing about this made the cold, wet, and pain my body was experiencing just melt away! We did not have a capture, but we had come closer than anyone else had ever come! Listen to the some of the eye witness reports by clicking on the link to the Bigfoot Live Radio Show below:
MARCH 31st EXPEDITION UPDATE SHOW!
===YOU ALL GOT TO HEAR ANDY TALK ABOUT THE QUIET THAT SPLIT THE FOREST... ROGER JUST SENT ME A PICTURE HE TOOK OF THE AREA ANDY WAS TALKING ABOUT!!!===
''''THE PHOTO THAT WAS TAKEN OF THE AREA ANDY SPOKE ABOUT!''''
There is more! First of all, I want to give my special thanks to David Holley and the Timberline Bigfoot Organization of Texas. First, for helping with the recovery of the team during the storm and volunteering the use of their boat to facilitate the pickup and delivery of the teams, and second for all of the support they gave to our organization while visiting their home area.
On our last day out, the Timberline Bigfoot Organization had their own experience in the area! They called us for help one evening while we were there because they had an encounter that was separate from any of the ones we were dealing with. We received a call by radio that the Timberline team had heard what they thought was a baby crying in the woods. They, (a seven man team), went into the woods to investigate the sound. There they saw what appeared to be a young female creature with breasts. They chased creature farther into the woods keeping visual contact with it at all times. Once deep into the woods, the female turned towards it’s pursuers and faced them from between some trees. The Timberline team told me later, that they could clearly see the face of a 6 – 7 foot tall creature, dark black in color with a grayish face. The eyes were white with a dark pupil in the center. It looked directly at them and swayed back and forth. Suddenly there was a loud crash and yell from directly behind the team. They turned to see what was behind them and saw nothing! When they turned back towards the female, she was gone. Now, what ever was behind them began throwing large rocks at the team. The team decided to make an organized retreat from the area they had been lead into and head back to the point where our team was waiting!
Also, I would like to take time to thank the Texas State Game Warden’s office for their support and helpful instruction during our expedition.
The SEARCHING for BIGFOOT TEAM would like to take just a moment to thank some of the local businesses in Paris Texas as well, for their support and help in making our recent expedition near Paris Texas such a great success. With special thanks to Raj Patel, the owner of the BEST WESTERN MOTEL at; 3755 NE Loop 286 in Paris Texas. The SEARCHING for BIGFOOT team has been to Paris Texas on many occasions now, and each time we have stayed with Raj. His personal commitment and service has been a major help to our team. Thank you Raj.
Also, Roger Courson, the Manager of the brand new STARBUCKS COFFEE DRIVE THRU, right next door the the BEST WESTERN MOTEL, there on the Loop in Paris. Roger was there training his crew in the fine art of coffee brewing and presentation while we were there. He kindly supplied our exhausted and hardworking crew with some of the finest coffee I have had to date! Keep in mind, this is coming from JAVABOB, who KNOWS fine coffees! IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, STOP IN AND SAY HI! TELL THEM JAVABOB SENT YOU!
Lastly, I want to thank Bruce Shupe and the Southern Knight Reptile Retrieval and Nuisance Animals Organization for their help in keeping the teams safe from snakes and alligators during our expedition.
===MORE RANDOM PICTURES FROM THE EXPEDITION===
I have also included some of the local headlines from The Paris News for the week of our stay. As you can see, Searching for Bigfoot and the weather were the main topics for the week.
Here are a few of the local newspaper articles from the week we were in the field. The first article on my list is about our expedition. You can find it at; http:/www.theparisnews.com As you can see, the weather was at the top of the news for the entire week!
===Weather fails to dampen search.. More than three dozen Bigfoot hunters got a taste of Mother Nature's bad side this weekend. News - April 2, 2007===
===Working phone made Aikin command center. During the days after the April 2, 1982 tornado, Aikin Elementary School was turned into a command center for emergency relief and media. News - April 2, 2007===
===Veteran officers remember 1982 tornado Five rookie Paris cops had no idea how much the community they were sworn to serve and protect was about to change that spring day. News - April 2, 2007===
===April 2 notorious for two deadly storms. Exactly 25 years before the tornado of 1982 gouged its path of death and destruction across Paris, a violent twister served as a deadly precursor. News - April 1, 2007===
===Twister was catalyst for warning systems. Assistant Police Chief Bob Hundley has spent a lot of his law enforcement career dealing with severe weather. News - April 1, 2007===
===11 died from twister. Some still say it looked like the Rapture. News - April 1, 2007===