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COUNTY: Pierce County
LOCATION DETAILS: listed above
NEAREST TOWN: Spanaway
NEAREST ROAD: 8th Ave E
OBSERVED: OK, last night I went home from Walmart in Spanaway Washington, and I turned
left onto 8th Ave E, which goes from Spanaway highway 7 which is Pacific Avenue
also. This street turns into a two lane country road that makes one of the borders
of Joint base Lewis-McChord.
It is a long dark two lane country road that bisects a huge prairie with lots of
old growth woodlands bordering it. I drove home the back way again tonight hoping to
pinpoint the exact location for you, but there are no mile markers nearby where I seen
what I saw. The best I can do, is it is Approximately 4-5 miles out from town, the road
is largely flat and straight, but there are a few rises as you drive.
The place I was at was about 3-400 ft from the second place where there is a rise in
the road. I know this because I could see the creature with a hill in the background
and some trees, and when we drove up through there tonight there was no place else that
fit those two things.
First off, it was very dark, and oddly devoid of cars, as there is usually someone
flashing their lights at me as my car has a headlight out and I have been driving
with my brights on until payday to get it fixed. I think if I had not had my brights on,
I would never have seen this creature.
At any rate, suddenly I seen the Patterson Film in real life, about 400 ft down the road
ahead of me. The creature I saw fit the same color scheme of Harry and the Hendersons,
but in behavior it was nearly identical to the Patterson film.
It strided across the road in 3-4 strides, and in as many was way off to the right again
when it stopped mid-stride and looked back at me exactly like the patterson film, but this
thing looked huge, even from the distance I saw it.
When you see something that does not fit into the ordinary part of what you perceive as
your reality, your brain tries to pidgeon-hole the data into one file after another,
click click click click and suddenly you come up with "Does not compute" At first I thought
was a smudge on my windshield, but it was moving right along. Just like the patterson film.
So I went to work, and several people live near me and I decided to tell somebody. One
guy had a girlfriend who seen him within a mile of my house within a month ago, and
then a week ago his father came home at midnight telling him he had seen one in the same area in the headlight of his Harley where a small creek runs under the road and the
creature appeared to be crossing the road where the small bridge was.
It's weird how this effects you. I could really see how someone could keep this to
themselves for their entire lives. However, when I shared this story, I got "Oh yeah,
this happened and that happened," To "My Cousin, My Brother, My Dad, and even a
couple of personal stories from people who grew up here.
I was always willing to give it an open mind, but the lack of physical evidence sort of
left me wondering, if I had to be honest. Now I know we share our woods with one big
sumbitch, and you better be paying attention when you are cookin up that bacon at 8 pm
in the woods around here cuz I don't think he got that big eatin dandelion greens. :)
My impression, one HUGE Chewbacca/Harry and the Hendersons kinda guy, at least 2.5-3 ft thick thru the chest from back to front and if I had to estimate would be tall even for
a Sasquatch at 9-12 ft like I said it was a quite a ways up the road, but I had time to
see it, evaluate, and question it and look again, and then again after that as it looked
to the right at me coming down the road, so it was a pretty firm sighting even if I am
still questioning myself the next day.
Like I said your brain tries to rationalize anything that "Does not Compute" but I was
not under the influence of anything. Still puzzling and marvelling over it all. My urge
to get in a last minute camping trip just evaporated like a puff of smoke lol!
that's my experience and I sure never expected to be posting this :)
OTHER WITNESSES: nope
OTHER STORIES: listed above
ENVIRONMENT: clear, dark, bright lights on
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
I talked with this witness at first over the phone. We then agreed to meet and go look over the possible crossing sites. This is on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, so doing more than a brief stop along the public road is not advisable. We spent about 10 minutes looking for any possible tracks, but did not find any. This is not surprising, since the ground here is hard and rocky, and it is very dry.
Additional details: The color was light brown/tan. The arms were very long, extending down to the knees. The hair on the back of the forearms was long and feathered, like the hair on a golden retriever.
What he described is exactly what is expected both in physical description and movements. The location has had other reports within a mile. The habitat is ideal. The JBLM property is a constant source of reports. I believe the witness is being truthful about what he saw.
He also told me of a camping trip several years ago near Greenwater, Washington. He was kept up all night guarding his camp-site and family, pistol in hand, from some big, bi-pedal creature that kept circling their campsite.
About BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
Scott Taylor is a retired aerospace manager. He lives in Mason County, Washington. He had his first bigfoot encounter in October 2005 where he was stalked and later heard vocalizations. He attended official BFRO Expeditions in the Washington Cascades in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also attended the 2007 BFRO Expedition in the central Oregon Cascades and the 2007 Utah Expedition in the Uinta's. He attended the 2008 and 2009 Olympic Peninsula Expeditions and co-lead the 2013 Expedition. He has participated in numerous speaking engagements over the past 17 years.