I was still an unbeliever and very skeptical. I had hunted Arizona all my life and never saw a Bigfoot. Although I had experienced some strange events I had always thought they were bears or mountain lions. I was stalked one year by an unseen creature moving through the bushes while deer hunting. I fired a warning shot in the air and the animal made a beeline away from me. I watched the brush parting like the Red Sea when Moses raised his staff! That had to be a bear. Another time the biscuit dough in my big frying pan was licked clean, but the very heavy frying pan was found about 15 feet up in a tree. It had to be a very strong raccoon. When I was a kid, I was trout fishing and heard a terrible scream that sent chills up by back and motivated me to dash for our cabin. That had to be cat. Yes, sir. Bigfoot did not exist.
Susan and I continued to search the area of the report. We located the outhouse where the couple had spent the night in terror holding the door shut with their feet. The outhouse seemed unscathed. They must have heard a couple of bears fighting.
We decided to go to where the hunters had their encounter where one of them was blindsided by a creature while he was looking at a small creature. That had to be a sow protecting its young, and the hunter was lucky to be alive. We searched the area, and it was quiet. No sign of a Bigfoot. I was becoming more of an unbeliever.
Night came upon us, and we pitched a cold camp. It was getting late, and we decided to hit the sack. I slept on one side of the tent and Susan was on the other with an area between us to use when getting up or moving around. It was nice and peaceful.
At about three in the morning I awoke to the sound of the hammer cocking on my pistol. I opened my eyes to see the tent top a few inches from the tip of my nose. Susan had grabbed the pistol and was about to start shooting. Instantly, the tent flopped back into the dome shape. Something out side had pushed it down upon us. It had to know the sound of a cocking gun because it sure left in a hurry. Stupid bear!
We vacated the area to come back in the daylight to retrieve our equipment. I still did not believe.
(TO BE CONTINUED…)