Last week I blogged about visiting my son in Chattanooga to celebrate a late Christmas. But that wasn’t the only reason for our trip. Mel and I had heard that the world’s largest Bigfoot Museum existed just a couple of hours farther south in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Seemed like a good opportunity to capitalize on some research for our book.
With my son in tow, we traveled through gorgeous pine forested mountains in sunny 57 degree weather (14 degrees C). If the museum had been closed, I wouldn’t have been disappointed because the drive was so spectacular.
The museum sits slightly off highway 515 in a metal building with a cabin-like front porch. At 4000 square feet, and bearing a unique logo, it wasn’t hard to find, even thought we were forced to do a U-Turn on the highway.
4000 square feet is a lot space to devote to the life and times of a single creature. I was impressed with the number of displays (some life-size), the variety of artifacts, and the detail used when presenting evidence. We had read many of the stories and articles and had seen several of the artifacts in books and on TV, but there’s something cool about seeing it all in person (even though many displays were replicas).
One of my favorite displays was the Yeti footprint Josh Gates casted during his trip to Nepal. Probably because I had recently watched that episode of Destination Truth. Honestly, assuming it had to be a Himalayan brown bear, I wondered why he got so excited. After seeing the casting in person, I understood. If that footprint belonged to a bear then that would be one humongous animal.
Just for fun, I searched my royalty free images for Himalayan Brown Bear feet/footprints to compare to Josh’s footprint. I was careful to find one that actually looked like it was attached to a bear and not photo shopped in any way. This is the best I could do. The first is a young Himalayan brown bear. The second is the much more common brown bear. there’s definitely a similarity in the basic shape and number of toes of the bears and Josh’s cast. Pretty cool no matter what.
Bears are simply the cutest, aren’t they? Either cute or magnificent, and I just spent way too much time browsing through loads of pictures.
Mel’s favorite artifact was this replica of the Pangboche Hand, once thought to belong to a Yeti but since tested and found to be human. You can read about its story here. There is also a replica of what was once thought to be a Yeti scalp.
We spent a couple of hours in the museum discussing the possibilities of what if, having fun, enjoying our time away from the mundanes of life, which is why I believe a lot of people tromp around the woods on beautiful days, blending with nature and animals. Searching for BF evidence is a good excuse, a fun time with friends. Something to do outside the normal.
Mel and I are always thinking what Bigfoot fans would want to read in our content and see in our illustrations. The museum was a great place for us to start. It’s also a great place for anyone who enjoys the possibility of the unknown. You can visit their website by clicking here. You don’t have to be a believer to enjoy it, but you do need to be a fan. No cynicism allowed.
What is you favorite museum?
Is there a certain historical artifact that has impressed you?
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