Continuing from Bigfoot Research Expedition 5, Part 1. We had just made sure we were the only humans in the area. We doubled back in the vehicles to a place where the footprints were located. We had no problems relocating them, and we cast the best footprint with toes with our plaster. When the cast was hard, we washed it off in a nearby stream and found the foot only had four toes. The big toe was missing. To make sure we didn't mess up the big toe, we studied the left over print marks in the ground, and it confirmed there were only four toes. Could this be an injury, or was it born this way? The other toes were quite visible.
By this time, the shadows were beginning to lengthen and we decided to head back to camp for dinner. Along the way we stopped to gather fire wood at convenient places where trees had been pushed down over the road. Fortunately, the Forest Service had been in there and cut these trees into smaller sizes just right for the campfire. We had plenty of wood for two nights.
After arriving in camp we immediately set about fixing dinner. When we finished dinner the group decided to do some night vision work in a large meadow that had a spring and three apple trees. This would require us to go back to nearly to where we were before. There was no moon, and therefore was a very dark night.
I stayed at the vehicles to listen for vocalizations, while the others hiked up the trail to the meadow to view it with night vision scopes. They were gone for about 20 minutes when I saw the first hint of flashlights piercing the trees and sky. They were returning to the vehicles in a hurry. When they reached the vehicles, Shannon told us they were doing well until he stepped on a large stick and frightened something in the bushes. It ran away from them and it sounded like a "freight train" moving through the trees. Shannon stated there were "a lot of animals" in the meadow but he could not tell what they were. When they jumped the creature, it spooked them and they decided to return to the vehicles. Shannon remarked several times that it could have been an elk, but he couldn't tell.
We walked down the road for a while looking for "eye shine", but did not see anything. We eventually decided to return to camp for the night.
(Expedition 5 Part 3 coming up...)