Off the Beaten Path
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Legends of Big Foot whisper around campfires. I remember hearing and telling many tall tales in my youth about encounters, all fabricated. However, as an adult, I had two possible encounters that I am relaying to you with assurances that I have no idea what I heard or saw. The two encounters match the audio and video record I saw last year at the Big Foot Museum in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, no, it was not. It was a pleasant Fall night with nearly a full moon, fat in the sky with little cloud cover. The temperature was a cool sixty degrees. My younger sister, Chris, rode shotgun as we wandered around the North Georgia Mountains. Dockery Lake Road is part of the Chattahoochee-Ocoee National Forest, about 10 miles north of Dahlonega. Our friend, Shea, rode in the backseat. It was our senior year at North Georgia College in 1986, and we often rode around the mountains day and night to alleviate our burnout from homework and occasional boredom.
Windows down, slow driving on narrow, curvy roads, we heard something up ahead and to the right of the car in the thick woods. I slowed the car, and a howl and a scream close to the car rolled through the night like a thunderbolt. I slowed further, about to stop to investigate. Shea started yelling - you white folk are crazy; get us the hell out of here. We heard rustling in the woods and more moans, so I drove off. Later, the recordings at the museum were very similar to what we heard that night on Dockery Lake Road. At that time, we had little experience with Big Foot sightings, but this even fueled our interest. Chris and I often went out to see if we saw or heard anything again. Shea refused to go again. Researching for this article, I found that a couple in 2007 had a possible encounter very close to where we heard our noises.
If you are interested, here is the link for the Big Foot Museum.
My second encounter was in the early morning, traveling over Lookout Mountain on Burkhalter Gap Rd, about 2 miles before the name changes into Piney Road. The cool air contributed to a thick fog as I slowly turned a corner. Thick woods rose on my left side of the road. The undeveloped but thinned-out property was on my right. No houses or buildings of any kind are around. Something steps across a deep ditch like I would step over a curb. As soon as it stepped into my light, it stepped back again across the ditch and into the woods. I slowed to see if it could be a very tall man. The car behind me stopped, and two young men got out of the car, so I knew they saw it too in the fog. It was tall to stride a wide ditch with no effort. According to the Big Foot Field Researchers at http://bfro.net/GDB/show_county_reports.asp?state=ga&county=Dade, only two sightings were recorded in Dade County. I did not report mine because I saw a very tall, bipedal figure stepping over a ditch and then back into the woods where no houses or lights were visible. Checking on the way home, no driveway or mailboxes were close to my sighting. I am unsure what I saw, but I saw something very tall. Please let me know if you have a similar story.
Since I took the train up Pike’s Peak in 2021, I missed the tourist sign about Big Foot, where several sightings have occurred for decades. Here is a picture for your enjoyment.
Does Big Foot exist, and are they roaming around in the North Georgia Mountains? Many say yes. I want to believe, but I am skeptical. The evidence at the Museum is compelling, with track casts, fur analysis, sound, and videos of sightings. I need more evidence. Find a skeleton or fossil. Capture a live one. There are so many weird and wonderful creatures on this planet. I hope Big Foot is one of them.