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Submitted by witness on Sunday, November 23, 2003.
Fisherman observes large rock flung into Hamma Hamma River
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YEAR: 1978 or 79
COUNTY: Mason County
LOCATION DETAILS: The incident occurred so many years ago, I'm sorry but I just can't remember the exact path of travel we used to get there. I recall a simple unimproved road to the campsite where we unloaded the vehicle. Where the incident actually happened should not be too difficult to locate however, as it was along the Hamma Hamma River, which is not very long.
NEAREST TOWN: Bremerton
NEAREST ROAD: FR 25
OBSERVED: The following incident may be of limited if any value because of the length of time that has elapsed since it occurred. At the time I was about 32 years of age and had heard of sasquatch or bigfoot but had never had any thoughts about them.
A co-worker (Don W.) and myself had been performing some work for the National Park Service in the State of Washington during the summer of 1978 or 1979. We had made other trips to the region prior this this trip, but this trip will always stand out in my mind.
On a weekend outing Don and I had decided to do some trout fishing on the Olympic Peninsula. A Seattle motel owner suggested we try fishing the Hamma Hamma River as it did not get the fishing pressure or the commercial gill netting pressures more common on the famous streams that empty on the west side of the pennsula. Following his suggestion, we came to a tiny picnic area and unloaded our gear. Don went downstream and I headed upstream. By mid-afternoon I was perhaps a mile upstream and had caught several trout. I was totally alone and concentrating on fishing when out of the corner of my right eye I noticed movement about 10 feet in the air, followed by a tremendous splash about 30 feet to my right in the stream. Shocked, I found myself looking at very large boulder close to 3 feet long and maybe 2.5 feet thick that wasn't there a few moments before. I turned around thinking it had rolled off a steep bank, but I was nowhere near anything it could have rolled off of, as I was fishing in a meadow-like area. At that moment I had a very uneasy feeling come over me, and a feeling that I was not alone. About 30 feet behind me quantities of tall dead grass filled the bank, and I remember not wanting to look to closely. I grabbed my fish and headed back to the car at a pretty quick pace.
I did not see anything, nor did I smell anything. I distinctly remember not wanting to see anything that could throw a 300 pound rock over 30 feet.
When I arrived back at the car, Don had already arrived ahead of me and I told him what happened. He laughed and made a wise crack about it, and said let's eat some of these fish. We made a fire in the stove provided at the campsite, ate our fish and left. That's about all there is to say concerning the incident. Over the years, I've often thought about what happened and I still can't come up with any possible way that boulder could have landed where it did, without someone or something throwing it. I've never seen anyone powerful enough to pickup a boulder that size let alone throw it a considerable distance. I also regret not having the nerve to investigate the area a little more, but I felt very vulnerable at that moment in time.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing. It was just a one time fishing trip to an area we had not been to before or since.
OTHER WITNESSES: None present at the exact site of the incident. Other than my companion a couple of miles downstream, we never saw any other person in that area that day.
OTHER STORIES: No, as I'm not from the area. I have read of sightings in this general area over the years since however.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: The incident occurred in the afternoon around 4 or 5 pm.
The weather was a beautiful bluebird type day with comfortable short sleeve temperatures.
ENVIRONMENT: I do not recall the exact species of trees but most likely fir predominated. I'm really not very knowledgeable about tree species, so take this with a grain of salt. There were a lot of trees in the area though.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The witness is a rather experienced outdoorsman with much Park Service work in the Northwest and Alaska. According to his best estimates and recollections, the rock, which landed 10' out in the river, might have reached 15' in height, 10' as a minimum, and had a trajectory of possibly 60' in length. After it hit the moderately shallow river, 25-30' downstream from the observer, it still projected above the water. His companion suggested that it might have been a meteorite, a hypothesis that is not congruent with the angle and relatively slow speed of the projectile.