Friday, May 22, 2015

         How to Repel A Charging Bear
A Swedish man is videotaped at the moment of a close encounter with a bear

If you spend a lot of time in the woods, (like I do) you sometimes wonder what the best approach is if you actually do  encounter, say, a hostile bear. They say: "look big!"
     Easier said than done, but the attached video shows that this approach is pretty valid, or at least it seems to have worked for one quick-thinking Swede.  Now, a grizzly bear, (being much bigger and therefore presumably that much harder to intimidate) might not fall for this particular ruse, so we'll need to see a few more videos before this approach is endorsed as a means of repelling the rapid onset of a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horibilis)
     That said, watch carefully as this bad-ass Swede turns back the charge of a full-size back bear! Click here to access the link. Here is the gif:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Join the "Write a Caption for this Photo" contest!

Win a signed copy of Oregon Bigfoot Highway!

The photo below was taken by Lean Cisco  (one of the Sasquatchians) at the occasion of Cliff Olson and Joe Beelarts Hopsquatch book release event.  Cliff answers a question (left) while Joe bites a sandwich that was served on a paper-lined basket. Joe's wife Sharon is the redhead front row next to the laptop with Todd's head on the other side. Such a boring caption for such a priceless photo.  Let's see you all do better.

Here, let me get you started...

 Why You Should Never Co-Author a Book With Joe!

Last Know Picture of Cliff Alive.

Get the Story Right Cliff! You're Life Depends on It!

A Re-enactment of Lincoln's Tragic Visit to the Ford Theater

I'll Fix You for Hitting On My Wife!(courtesy of Lean Cisco)
Send This On Your Pipeline to Bigfoot! 

Get Your Feet Off My Laptop if You Know What's Good For You!

Monday, May 18, 2015

                        A Busy Week...

As the finishing touches are put on my latest book, Edges of Science, my life seems to be suddenly crazy for other reasons.  My lovely wife had a birthday, followed by another family gathering for Mother's Day two days later. We took advantage of a fantastic weather day between these two events to take a hike in some the 'squatchiest' terrain in the Clackamas Reiver drainage: Mt. Mitchell. It's a short (5 mile) round trip hike and not very steep.  The drive to the trailhead is a long hour on a rutted dirt road but the view is extraordianary.
Son Jack and wife Jane atop Mt. Mitchell
Tuesday I spoke at the local monthly meeting of the Portland chapter of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).  They were curious as to any possible connection between the sasquatch phenomenon and the UFO phenomenon. This is a topic that I treat at length in my upcoming book.  Assistant director Keith Rowell has seen an advance copy of Edges of Science and he was eager to hear me present some of my findings to the group.

Wednesday I was back in the Clackamas River drainage, camped out as part of an episode of Finding Bigfoot that is being shot locally. A day later I led 120 eighth graders to the Columbia Gorge for a

Cliff checks in at my high-country camp
day long field trip to appreciate the hydopower, the migrating salmon, and the stunning scenery.

Students mug for the camera at Multnomah Falls
On Saturday, it, it was back to the Columbia Gorge, this time to Hood River for a day of follow-up shooting with the full cast of Finding Bigfoot.

Yours truly with the cast of Finding Bigfoot
Taping a scene with the cast of Finding Bigfoot
 Sunday had me at Guy Edward's Hopsquatch event at the Lucky Lab Brewpub in northwest Portland.  The occasion was the release of authors Joe Beelart and Cliff Olson's brand new book, The Oregon Bigfoot Highway.  This exciting new book presents the Clackamas River watershed (my home turf) and the highways that traverse it as a nexus of bigfoot activity.

Some may be dismayed to see a book published that reveals the secrets of one's home turf, but the truth is, it's public land and there is plenty of it.  I welcome the attention to the area.  Sasquatch aficionados are a non-consumptive group of forest users that deserve more recognition and visitor services, and Joe Beelart's book promotes the no-trace approach to camping and day-use that every national forest deserves. Good luck with your new book, Cliff and Joe!
Cliff and Joe present their new book, The Oregon Bigfoot Highway

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"We're going to detect alien life in the next decade, but not where you might think" 

Oh, Really?

     In the article seen by clicking on this link Jessica Orwing of the Business Insider asserts that new and improved telescopes now being built will be able to detect the signatures of life on planets elsewhere in the Milky Way. Chemicals, like water and amino acids, are more easily detected by very powerful telescopes on planets outside the solar system than on planets in our own solar system. This is because there are so very many more candidate planets outside our solar system, compared with the mere handful of planets and moons that circulate inside our solar system. Quite simply, the odds of finding life's signature elements improves greatly when one casts a bigger net.
     That's a fine and good, but it still represents some limited thinking. My specialty has always been thinking outside the box so that's what I'll do here: We're going to detect alien life in the next ten years alright, but not only will it be within our own solar system, but it will on our own planet. "Impossible," you say? "Crazy." Maybe. But a better question might be "How can it be 'alien' if it it living here?"
     The answer is, "It's complicated." But I will take on 'complicated' when my new book is released in one month's time. Edges of Science, by yours truly,is now in the final stages of publication. It unifies various paranormal entities and subjects (Cryptids like bigfoot, ET's, abductees, crop circles, and other weird phenomena) into one, big, very ugly, paranormal ball that occasionally manifests itself right under our noses.   
     You just have to know where to look. Put another way, it could be said that we live in a zoo. We are the animals on exhibit. Somewhere that we cannot see, there is a sign that reads, "Please don't feed (or annoy) the animals!"
      Give me a month to finish the cover, index, and stuff like that. Watch this blog around the Summer Solstice for the release of Edges of Science.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

                                                                                 Artwork by Alicia Bateman

Written by Keith Rowell
 Local bigfoot researcher Thom Powell will speak at Oregon MUFON's May 2015 meeting.  Come find out why Thom, a middle school teacher of science, found more than he bargained for in his research.  Thom backs science all the way and is still a staunch advocate of scientific analysis of bigfoot evidence.  However, today Thom acknowledges that some parts of bigfoot evidence are strange indeed.  And this evidence, he believes, may require a reassessment of science's underpinnings.
Thom's second book on his bigfoot research is shortly to be published. His latest book, the Edges of Science, should be available this summer. In it, he details his life as a bigfoot researcher since the early 1990s. Sit in Thom's back pocket as he takes you on his bigfoot adventures and reveals his evolving thinking about what it all means as the years go by.
Thom will give us a sneak peak into his findings and share his insights into just what kind of reality bigfoot apparently inhabits. Bigfoot just might be closer to UFO realities than you think.
Don't miss this talk by Thom on May 12 at our usual Oregon MUFON meeting place.

This link will take you to the MUFON/Oregon webpage:

Monday, April 27, 2015

UFO Sighting Over New York

 Nobody is quite sure whether UFO sightings are really increasing or whether expanded internet access makes UFO sightings easier to submit and more widely disseminated when they are reported.  Here is a recent sighting over a very populated area (Brooklyn, New York).  In general, witnesses say the photos do not do the sighting justice; that it is much more impressive, and even chilling, in person.  The mutual reaction shared by all who collectively witness it is also more vivid and memorable than what can be depicted in an article. 
     Also, you can expect that the media treatment will tend to trivialize the whole matter with some stupid comment at the end like the one in this link that quips about the ETs wanting to learn to break dance. Puleeze!
Talk About Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time...
 First-known footage of Everest avalanche (Azim Afif/AP)

My heart goes out to all the people of Nepal, not just the foreign climbers depicted here. What a nightmare!
The footage by German climber Jost Kobusch at the site of the Everest Base camp disaster is unbelievably terrifying.
The survival of some and the tragic demise of others is graphically recorded.  My prayers are with the victims as well as well as the survivors. The world weeps.
This Everest Base Camp video will live in infamy.