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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Newspaper Column: A Matter of Time


On Tuesday, May 15, I along with my husband, Christopher Perry, chartered a Robinson R-44 Raven II, helicopter, piloted by Cody Reck, CFI, of Florence, Oregon. (The name of the helicopter business: Apex Helicopters.)

Our objective for this fieldtrip was to get as close to the rock quarry out Canary Road, south of Florence, as we could in the allotted time. This quarry area has been the site of at least two bigfoot sightings, that I know of.

Following are the directions we had to get us to the rock quarry by road: (south of Florence) Leave 101 at Honeyman State Park on Canary Rd; go 19.5 miles to North Ridge Rd.; go 5 miles and turn onto Crystal Creek Rd.; go 13 miles to Hone Camp and then continue on until you reach the end of the road (35 miles) and the rock quarry.



While the pilot warmed up the helicopter, Byron Devries, also a pilot, explained they failed to locate the rock quarry on their maps or Google Earth. He observed, “From the instructions to the quarry, it could possibly put us near I-5.”

I had done my own research on Google Earth and hadn’t found the quarry either. The roads are numbered, not place named on Google’s maps. (Does anyone have instructions to the quarry starting at the Interstate, I-5?)

And so, it was decided we’d go out as far as our time allotment allowed. Rather than fly just over thick, pointy-topped trees, we took the scenic route. And what a breathtaking route it was. It was easy to see how bigfoot could thrive and stay hidden in his tangled forest home.

Thank you, Apex Helicopters, especially pilots Reck and Devries, for making our bigfoot fieldtrip one that we will talk about for a very long time. Oh, yes, I did tell Reck that if he should see a bigfoot while out and about in his helicopter to call me and I’d be right over. I mean that!

Good fun. You can view videos and still photos of the outing on Bigfoot Ballyhoo our online bigfoot magazine at www.bigfootballyhoo.blogspot.com.

Linda and her husband, Christopher Perry, are the authors of several bigfoot children’s fiction books (one adult, fiction, short stories) and a Viking Age Novel, Forced Blood The Norseman. Check out the books on Amazon.com or Bigfoot Ballyhoo. Until next week ...


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