A red shirt with Bigfoot pictured on the front and “believe” written in bold set the tone for a road trip with eight people on Saturday night.
The eight, who are a part of UK’s new Squatchin’ Club, set out on their first official Bigfoot expedition at Red River Gorge. Katie Applegate, president of the club and a senior psychology major, was wearing the Bigfoot shirt and said she saw a sign at the Gorge a few weeks ago that read, “Warning, sighting of unknown creatures have been spotted within seven miles of Red River Gorge.”
What would normally cause serious hesitation to the average hiker only sparked more interest for the group.
“We could make history,” said Alex Wright, a political science senior and the social media manager for the club.
There are so many things that bother me with this piece that I let out a big sigh…
Notice is starts out with “believe”. Is Bigfoot a religion? What about the evidence they are out to find? They start off completely on the wrong path.
The name is “Squatchin’ club”? REALLY? Ugh. Thanks Finding Bigfoot for a truly ridiculous name and a juvenilization of this activity. Yep, Bigfootery needs more silly words to bolster credibility.
The student says Jane Goodall is an inspiration since she believes in Bigfoot. Well, better look into that a bit more… Goodall is a scientist and she is hopeful but no more than that. She recognizes that the evidence for such a creature is sorely lacking.
So, they are going to be the ones to find Bigfoot when no one has after 50 years of searching? That’s awfully naive and quite arrogant. They imitate what they see on TV, they are overly hopeful, they talk about proof and belief, they sound amateurish and ill prepared. Bigfoot will not be found this way. It makes me sad… Then, the ending:
Before heading back home, everyone looked up to admire the stars.
Applegate paused and said, “There is so much more to it than just finding Bigfoot.”
RIGHT! Hunting Bigfoot may have a lot to do with reconnecting with nature and a dream we WISH was true – that the mystery man is out there for us to find. And if we don’t find him, so much more for the romance of the myth. I’m not a fan of that view. I like to solve mysteries. But Bigfoot is indeed more than an animal, he is an image and an icon. I really wish these kids would give up the childish aspects of their quest and just enjoy the social club of like people who enjoy the wonders of nature. There is everything right with that idea.