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Monday, May 16, 2022

Expedition - Part 4

The 4th day of our adventure started even earlier than the previous days. The plan for the day was to visit 2 different locations. The first locations was Area 1 and the gifting area. The second location was the old coal mine area, this was one location on Guy's "must do" list.

We arrived at Area 1 and began our hike to the gifting area.

Once at the gifting area, we quickly noticed the food items were gone but of course we can't say what took them. I also wanted to check on the 2 marbles that someone or something had placed on the old fallen log. To my surprise the marbles were now gone. We scanned the ground under the old log but did not see them. It would have been hard for them to just fall off as the old log had these grooves in it. The marbles sit within these grooves.  

So, as I normally do, I set back up the gifting area with some more food items. I rebuild the little small stick structure that I made on the gifting rock. I also found a very large orange marble from the bag of marbles I left on the rock months ago. Most of the marbles from the bag had just spilled out to the left on the rock. I had taken some of the marbles and placed them more near the food items and I use them in patterns. This large orange marble was in the spilled part of the gifting rock. I took the large marble and placed it in one of the grooves on the old fallen log.

Also while in the area I found another toy, a large plastic fly, that had been missing for months. It was in my normal walk path but I either had not seen in over the months, or it was recently returned. I took that toy and placed it back on the gifting rock.

Near the gifting area, Guy noticed some freshly broken mountain laurels. Mountain laurels, rhododendrons, and azalea are names commonly used for these plants even though they are different. Azaleas are part of the rhododendron family. The plants are all very similar and the names have become somewhat interchangeable in this region. These plants in the picture are probably rhododendrons but we kind of use mountain laurel as a catch all word. Guy and I got closer to check out the breaks and noticed this was right on the side of a very steep embankment, much too steep for him or I to stand. So while the break is inconclusive, it was interesting nonetheless. What did it, we can't be sure.


We continued to explore the area and made some more interesting discoveries.

We discovered a series of 3 or 4 tracks on the side of a swampy area. In the photo, Guy is pointing to the big toe on the right foot track of what could only be a bigfoot. This series of tracks were inline, as bigfoot tracks normally are. The path to go around this swampy area is very narrow and it is hard to walk around it without getting into the mud a little. This track had the clearest toe detail than the other tracks. We did not make a plaster casting of these tracks as the ground was very moist and it would have taken a really long time for the plaster to cure.

You would never convince me that some person walked through this area in their bare feet, no one is that sottish. I know some will always pass tracks off as just a person out walking bare footed but that is so unlikely it can't be taken seriously, at least I can't. Its not like I was at the beach or anything. 

I have found 100's of tracks in this area with varying size ranges.

To see this track better you may need to click on the picture.

We continued to explore the area and found a possible stick formation (pictured at the top) and a few possible tree breaks. 

Guy exploring the area

We finally hiked back to the truck and headed for our second location of the day, the old coal mine area.

To keep this post from being too long, I will cover our trip to the old mine in part 5 of the series.

Make sure to check out the other parts of this series
And watch for part 5 soon.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 25 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet

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