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Bigfoot and Sasquatch

"My Elusive Friend Bigfoot"

Ben N. Keys, Jr.

After scientists saw my picture of the pregnant Bigfoot female on my Website and others saw the same picture in L.B. Taylor’s book The Ghosts of Virginia, volume 9, I was flooded by e-mails from all over the world. A short time later I established contact with a Lady Scientist whom I consider to be the most knowledgeable person in the world currently studying Bigfoot. As luck would have it, she lives on Mount Ranier in Washington State in the very heart of Bigfoot Country! Since we became dear friends I have stayed in touch with her daily and treasure the working relationship and exchange of data constantly taking place between us. Especially since she has contacts with major universities and scientific organizations worldwide and keeps me up to date on all the latest data.

My first meeting with Bigfoot occurred many years ago on a lonely stretch of beach along the James River in Surry County, Virginia. This event is also covered in L. B. Taylor’s Ghost of Virginia, volumn 9. My next chance meeting would take place during a snowstorm at Greenview Plantation, my Historic Home in Prince George County, Virginia. I was sleeping in the English Basement at Greenview, where I often sleep to attend to the wood stove. In the wee hours of the morning something began banging and pulling on the handle on the basement door. My Golden Retriever dogs that also sleep in the basement went crazy so I hit the 'panic' button on my Security Light Console! This action instantly illuminates the entire Manor House Grounds by a series of floodlights in an effort to scare off coyotes, cougars and wolves that plague my waterfowl compound nightly! After listening intently for several minutes and hearing no other sounds, I cautiously opened the inner basement door and looked out the 'peep-hole'. Seeing no visible threat, I then opened the main door and looked around outside. I was in for the shock of my life! There in the new fallen snow was the clear imprint of a footfall I had come to know so well! The same immense print I remembered from the time ‘he’ and I met face to face on that lonely stretch of beach at Chippokes Plantation in Surry County ,Virginia years earlier! An intense realization suddenly hit me! Had he finally tracked me all the way up the James River to Prince George where we were destined to meet again?

I dared not go outside until daybreak but when I did I had no problem tracking him over to the old abandoned barn some distance to the west of the Manor House! From there, he passed through a pine thicket in my lower pasture and over to my neighbor’s house near a pond! There his prints showed that he had gone into a storage facility and helped himself to sweet-feed and dog feed. From there his tracks went into the swamp area behind the house and disappeared! I dared not go further!

Just on a lark, the next day, I began to explore the perimeter of the surrounding farmlands in my truck to see if he there was any evidence that he might still be around! I could find no trace of him so I put everything on the ‘back burner’ and decided to wait for our next ‘chance encounter’. About a month later, I began to hear about the mysterious disappearance of sweet feed and dog feed from other farmers and local horse fanciers. It seems that the feed was being taken from storage barrels with tops. But the tops would always be carefully put back on the barrels! The only evidence anyone could discover about the culprit was those massive huge feet! He had to still be around so I decided to begin another venture hoping that this time our meeting would be on a more friendly basis. I would do everything in my power to make sure we got off to a good start this time. The one clue to his still being in the area was that he always favored farms where there were horses! Then another important clue came to light! He was favoring those horse people who had one particular breed, Arabians! I learned from my nephew, who raises Arabians that he was being witness to some strange things happening at his place! He invited me over to explore! I had no idea at the time but my next meeting with my elusive friend would begin a very close and endearing friendship that would last.

To be on the safe side and make sure I did everything right, I contacted my dear friend, Pearl Pirhoda, a dedicated Bigfoot enthusiast and scientist. I had the good fortune to  stumble onto her amazing paranormal  website, some time ago and was astonished at the data she had uncovered. Under her tutorship and guidance, I began an incredible friendship with my Bigfoot on a daily basis. I would go over to where he came to visit "his" Arabian horses and sit in the barn and wait! Before long, I became aware of the exact time of day he would come and both the horses and I would be waiting for him. Strange as it may seem, it appeared that he and the horses to have some ‘special’ understanding and no apparent fear of each other, in fact they seemed to enjoy each other’s company! I still watch in awe and cannot fully understand the relationship between them but Pearl has sent me scientific papers that tell of many past relationships between Bigfoot and Arabian Horses and their fondness for this particular breed of horse.

So far to date I have taken scores of pictures with many up very close, sometimes even within a mere 3 feet. They have a very special time to come up to meet the horses each day and it never seems to vary more than a few minutes. If Bigfoot is late arriving, the horses start watching the swamp path and whinneying! I sometimes will tap out a rhythmic beat on an old dead tree with a stick and if he is close he will answer back with an identical tapping before he finally appears. This always gives me goosebumps! I have also learned to watch the horses for they seem to have some sort of psychic connection with Bigfoot and their ears go forward and they snort gleefully when they sense he will soon appear! They even try to get out of their stalls to run and greet him. On one occasion, a Bigfoot came up during the day when no one was at home. He went into the barn where he ate sweet feed. This time he left three rocks on the barrel top! We think one was for Papa, one for Mama and one for Baby. Pearl told me that this was his way of expressing thanks for the feed and she has witnessed this action many times. It was in reality more of an incredible ‘thank you’ for the rocks, which are not endemic to the area, contain ORMES a rare quality! One very hot day he came to the barn when everyone was at work and unlocked the stalls. He then took the three horses out of the barn and put them into a training corral, a feat which at times can be an almost impossible for a human. Three Spirited Arabian horses at one time? Wow?

Weather permitting, I still go over there each day and my time is never wasted! BF has found new and amazing ways to mystify me and I know he loves doing this. The younger one ignores me but is very mischievous and loves to do crazy antics as though merely to see my reaction. Sometimes I see the baby playing alone with ‘swamp things’ such as frogs and Dragon Flies but I know darn well that Papa is not far away watching. Pictures I have taken of the area show an outline of Papa sitting or hiding in the swamp grasses watching everything taking place! I have often wondered? What would happen if the baby squealed , would I become Playdough in PAPA’s hands?

I have learned many outstanding things about him and his existence, his incredible ability to appear and disappear, (see PPIT on right in front of me, what causes his ‘skunk-like’ hydrogen-sulphide odor and how he does indeed have psychic capabilities unlike anything a True Psychic could imagine. There have been times when I have managed to communicate with him somewhat successfully via thought-emanations but may never know the degree of my success! One time he seemed to respond to a specific thought projection of mine but his facial expression was not very convincing that he had understood! I do have physical proof of many of his other incredible capabilities but would not dare share these on the internet. My Scientist friend Pearl Prihoda and I both agree wholeheartedly that there are many things about our Friends that should be kept secret for the time being to assure their protection.

I will never forget he day a farrier was shoeing the Arabian horses! It was without a doubt the funniest experience I have witnessed yet. In fact, it turned into a riot. I could make out the outline of Papa Bigfoot watching ever so intently from his ‘hiding place’ at the edge of the swamp! He was ok with the process until the red hot shoes were being taken from the forge and fitted and nailed on the horses hooves. This process does not bother the horse but the stench can sometimes be horrible and not at all unlike burning hair! Every few minutes he would rise up, throw his head back as though smelling that stench and then quietly sit back down. He kept repeating this until finally he grew restless and just upped and disappeared via PPIT! I laughed and laughed wondering if maybe he thought he might be next and had better, "get the hell out of Dodge quick"!

When I went over to visit one night at dusk, one of the smallest BFs I have ever seen came up to the edge of the swamp and sat down in the swamp-grass. Suddenly he jumped straight up and looked down at where he had been sitting. I figured he must have sat on a briar or something sharp or maybe a snake for he suddenly turned around and started an audible sound of some sort while it hit the ground with the back of it’s hand in a sweeping motion. It stood there for an instant staring at the ground before it repeated the same action again! Finally it jumped up and took off at the speed of light! Unfortunately I was so entertained I never did manage to get a picture. I did however, go over and look where it had been sitting but saw nothing! Must have been a snake!

Without any reservation I can say that my association with this extraordinary creature and his family has provided me with the greatest joy I have yet known in my association with the Paranormal World and I do not want anything to endanger this friendship! I have found that he is without a doubt one of the most intelligent creatures in the animal or human world and we have only scratched the surface so far in learning about him. I keep hoping that as I continue to visit and study him each day, someday I might get to know him better!

©BNKeys, Paranormalplus.com2003


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