It has begun: the Bigfoot toy/junk happening. It’s all built around the chair and the spool table seen pictured here, both products of the Plateau of Raw Art looming above it all to the west…
… as were these pieces of metal.
And everything else in Bigfoot except for the toys and model railroad track. But that would come slightly later.
Across the top of the spool table are splayed some of my smaller findings of the day, mostly gathered in the old football stadium. These include washers, nuts, bolts, and other fastener objects left behind from people taking apart the bleachers. And I have *one* of those bleachers as well, unused in the art event so far. You can also see some small white rounded rocks that I picked up from the stadium’s oval track running around the football field. And then I also found the head of a golf iron in the bleachers — that’s important to the growing mythology of the place, building around the fact that a full golf iron was already in Bigfoot proper when I first came upon it about a month and a half back now.
The metal chair was one of the harder objects to bring down from the Plateau of Raw Art. By the time I had gotten around to retrieving objects from the northern baseball field, further away from Bigfoot than the football stadium, some skateboarders had arrived at the old tennis courts above the stadium, bringing with them noise and potentially prying eyes. They seem to be expanding their improvised rink there, just like I am expanding the possibilities of Bigfoot on the other side of the stadium. Curious mirroring. But back to the metal chair story. So I knew I really wanted that chair as a centerpiece of the toy happening, but the skateboarders could see me taking it down from the baseball field as I had to go through the bleachers of the stadium to get back to Bigfoot. And they could also potentially see me going through the gate in the metal fence that acts as my main entrance to Bigfoot from the plateau now. My fear was that they’d even follow me down there, or go down there at a later time and potentially find and maybe even wreck my happening, perhaps taking stuff. So this is my rule: when the skateboarders are there I don’t use this main entrance. I now have a back entrance accessible from the northern baseball field. And that’s the path I first used or picked out when taking the metal chair and several smaller objects back to Bigfoot.
But doesn’t it look nice there perched above the swamp (!) It fits perfectly.
Details from the top of the spool table. Oh, I should mention that the spool table also comes from the football stadium. It was being used to prop open a gate to the field by someone. Unlike the metal chair, my plans didn’t originally include using it in the happening. But it was *there*, and I got the bright idea just to *roll* the big thing *around* the track and then down the hill through the dense pine forest until Bigfoot proper was reached. And it worked! I wish I had a film of the journey, however. Fun! And despite several crashes into trees, it remained intact.
Bigfoot Falls might have a new name: Mina (Mena?) Falls, after an original settler of the area named Mina Sauk, wife of Taum Sauk. And the pool below the falls becomes Mina’s Pool or Mina Pool as well. More on that soon enough. It’s all unfurling like a more complicated collage.
Bigfoot Proper from the pool.
Stream exiting the pool.
The cattails and weeds are withering away, revealing more surface of the swamp.
On the first day of the happening, I focused on creating what turned to be out a side project to the main part which would take place later on in “downtown” Bigfoot (or Bigfoot proper). This is an as yet unnamed smaller berg, if you will, a tiny village of its own. It might be called Vincente? Anyway, here it is. As with the rest of the overall happening, all objects are from the Plateau of Raw Art.
This is called the In-the-way Fern, because it stands right in the middle of a path connecting Bigfoot downtown with the outlying area pictured above. Distance between the two: about 50 or 60 feet or so, I’m guessing, or about half the length of the swamp. Both lie on the old road almost surrounding the swamp, but the path between the two isn’t a part of this road.
Back on the road: Bigfoot proper from the west.
One of the straight forest roads above the swamp road, where I “stored” some other objects procured from the Plateau of Raw Art, like this old fire extinguisher. The disconnected nozzle of the extinguisher resides in Bigfoot Proper, however.
Spare Chair 1 and some more dilapidated chairs on the road above the one pictured above, the topmost in Bigfoot and the route used to directly access the football field. All of these objects are from the football stadium, along with the fire extinguisher.
Bigfoot Contemplations 01
“Devine’s getting married this weekend, Hucka D. Same time I’m fulfilling the toy or junk happening I named Bigfoot.”
Stage 1 is complete. You have some more junk to recover. You’ll have to switch from the red to the blue satchel. Red is dead. Blue is new.
Thanks for showing up tonight.
Always glad to help. Bigfoot is important. (pause)
I’m developing Bigfoot at the same time the skateboarders are expanding on their own happening at the Plateau of Raw Art. I’m taking all my junk from this plateau.
What do you have so far… lead in…
The spool table is very important, and something I didn’t plan beforehand. It was just there at the track, holding open a gate. I thought — what the heck. I rolled it around the track and through the [fence] opening to Bigfoot. Down that hill. Down through the roads. Red to blue to green to yellow back to red and fulfilled. The spool table is very important. Zigzag down the hill?
And then the chair is the other very important thing. I had to have a chair so that I could look out at Bigfeet Swamp and contemplate and such. I had an option of 2 chairs at the Plateau of Raw Art, plastic and metal. The metal one was further away — at the old baseball field above the stadium and away from Bigfoot. I had to take it the back way, and that’s the final object I brought to Bigfoot on Saturday. But it was worth it. The spool table and the metal chair. That’s the base of Bigfoot. And I was able to put all the washers, bolts, and nuts on the spool table to sort out later. My hands were dirty after doing all that hauling Saturday and I had to force myself to get out my camera to take pictures. So I will return today.
I won’t say it — but you did.
I’ll make it up today.
Well. Anyway. You will go about 11 today. You will take the blue pack — red is dead. You will take train track? Toys? This is the fulfillment and culmination of your Blue Mountain summer.
I’m not sure.
Bigfoot Contemplations 02
“There’s the main part of Bigfoot, at the head of the swamp and the water inlet. Then there’s a secondary part across the swamp’s inlet. I originally saw that as the place of the main toy happening, Hucka D. But now I think it will be around the spool table.
“All the washers, bolts and nuts on it come from the football stadium stands. Then the smooth white rocks [on the spool table] were found on the track surrounding the football field. I think I just need to take more pictures of Bigfoot. Hold on…
“Then there’s the head of the iron golf club, to match the iron club already present in Bigfoot when I discovered it about a month and a half ago. 2 irons. Abundance of iron. Middle Game (ironing).
“I think all those sports balls are important, Hucka D.
“What else do I have so far? An old fire extinguisher, with basin and nozzle separated. 2 long pieces of fence wire, which I took to the, let’s see, the Green Road and stretched them out. Perhaps I could put washers on them, and nuts. Then I have several other chairs that are just the metal base. Then an old stadium bleacher bench. What I’ll get tomorrow: all that stuff at the baseball field I had to leave on Saturday. More of those tall metal thingies from the stadium.
Bigfoot originally named Irontown or Ironton or just Iron (or Irons?) because of the, ahem, iron. Taum and Mina Sauk were the first settlers, arriving in 1994. Taum was always complaining that Mina was constantly running her mouth, where artsy ideas cascaded out of her
Brian Head brain.
Truth was, Mina might have been in love with Brian Head; always thought Taum too tall for his breeches (but Taum was Brian Head?). The second family to move into the area was named Johnson, who were shut-ins.
The Taum Sauks (conscious) and the Johnsons (unconscious) divided Iron (or Irons) evenly down the middle, as Jesuschrist “Red Line” Superstar’s black family arrived in town. The town was renamed Middle Game after an adjustment period. In 1998 Middle Game became Bigfoot following the completion of an extensive survey of Bigfeet Swamp, and to cover up, well, the middle. The Center.
The Taum Sauks and the Johnsons agreed to purge The Center out of the town’s Holey (Play)book, making it at least partially unholey and leaving only wood shots and putting greens. They did this to withhold information from the masses about a black man currently attending Middle Game High School we’ve already mentioned, who later became Bigfoot’s first sheriff. But the masses were also The Johnsons?
The mysterious Head of Brian or Brian Head is nearby, where a playwright (Julius Cesar) wrote plays exclusively for Kirk Douglas, who also lived in the area as crazed method actor/painter Vincente “Red Line” Manilla, who must have been the same as JCSS, or perhaps took his identity. Little Liza Manilla might have been a childhood friend, whom he shared vanilla ice cream with at times on the condition that they didn’t talk about Judy. Boss Queue Brick could have been lurking as well, kicking around small white stones with round dented heel.
Bigfoot Happening Stage 02 01
The Spool Table.
Pulling back: the Bigfoot Toy/Junk Happening. We’re at stage 02 now. More objects have been retrieved from the Plateau of Raw Art to the immediate west. Toys have moved in. Model train tracks have arrived. We are in the meat of the event.
The below objects appears to be the top of a pressure cooker? Unsure, but I found it on the other side of the fence from the stadium track and thought: this belongs in the art happening. And now it is. It has also entered the lore of Bigfoot past, perhaps as an iron smelting plant or factory.
The railroad track circling this iron smelting plant does the same with the bottom of the spool table. A good number of toy avatars surround each.
Here they seem to be lining up, as in a queue. We’ll get back to that soon.
Bigfoot art sculpture. Art for the art, as it were, hehe. Perhaps it is comparable to, say, the ArcelorMittal Orbit erected for London’s 2012 Summer Olympics. Yes, that’s a good parallel.
On the other side of the tulip tree comes this red tower thingie, perhaps another piece of art for the art. Or maybe it has a functional role in the city, such as office space.
*My* metal chair…
… is now balanced by much smaller chair supporting the toy avatar formerly known as Lazy Sideburns Man, or LBM for short. But in his new incarnation he is probably known as Taum Sauk. Working theory. He is not the same as LBM, then, but a twin, purchased in the same Dollar Store though not the same exact toy, you see. Another theory: he owns or runs the iron smeltery that exists just to the back of him.
Back to that Spool Table queue: it seems to focus on this entrance into the table’s interior, where a blue mushroom and matching blue ring is found. It’s also at the end of the railroad line in this direction.
The track around the Spool Table’s bottom…
… and the track similarly encircling the iron smelting plant appear to act as counterbalances, much like the two halves of the ancient Chinese tajitu symbol. But what does it mean?
Bigfoot Happening Stage 02 02
“Skyscrapers” on the edge of town, removed from most of the hustle and bustle so far.
The “art” of the city, once more. The railroad track is not complete and functional yet. That may come today when I go back for more Bigfoot art happening fun.
Spool Table and Smelting Plant.
Smelting Plant and Spool Table (opposite direction).
Lighted interior: blue mushroom and blue ring inside. Dinosaurs seem especially interested.
There are many stories to be found here, but only a handful worthy of telling.
The taller red-orange suit bedecked toy avatar here appears to be James Franco, mentioned earlier in this blog in association with Woodrow Wilson College. Looks like Miss Orange Mmm has taken a liking to him. Va va va voom! Blonde Star Girl throws her hands up in frustration. Perhaps she’s had enough of all this toy avatar nonsense.
Taum Suak toy avatar and his nice brick home just on the other side of the railroad track from his iron smelting plant. He has a smiley paddleball! His home might be the first one of the town, or built on the same site as an early cabin.
And there’s the original iron of the town again just behind it. The base!
Meanwhile, Taum’s wife Mina sits by her pool, wishing she could float in a boat.
Bigfoot Happening Stage 03 01
This past Sunday was another beautiful day here in Blue Mountain. Memories of late September rain, rain, rain seem almost like a bad dream now. And it will continue like this for another 4 or 5 days. I will return!
Below we have pictured yet another Bigfoot mystery: What are these decaying sports bags full of white rocks, numbering not just one but three? The wife thinks they may be stones brought to the old school for decorative landscaping purposes. Makes sense I suppose. But I believe I’m going to haul them and their contents down to Bigfoot the next time I get the chance. The bags are found in a field next to the skateboard park (note to self: take own bag to Bigfoot for the rocks).
Since there are 3 bags of white rocks here, I also think back to the triangle of “White towns” in eastern Grayson County, Texas, as elucidated in this 2014 post.
Nearby metal circle. Purpose?
Track, bench, goal post.
Then it’s down, down, down through the tiny pine forest and its traversing roads again to the site of the Bigfoot art happening. Today’s stage 3 didn’t come without casualties, I’m sorry to say. I stepped on poor little Barbie Head while wandering around and around the site, setting up my marble race track. But the other toy avatars didn’t seem too upset. For some reason, they called her not Barbie Head (isn’t this a Barbie?), not even *Brain* Head, but *Brian* Head during the brief wake, and perhaps that *is* her name, since they should know better than me. Is the seeming she actually a *he*? They also seem to think it fate that she/he was crushed in this manner during the happening, and at this stage even. “Three’s the charm”, they echoed several times during the wake. Taum Sauk never budged from his sitting chair, but perhaps that’s because he was the most upset of all of ’em. Spaceman James Franco instead presided over the wake.
A new toy avatar came to Bigfoot this day, specifically for the purpose of catching marbles at the end of the brand new race track seemingly. Marble Catcher is his official title. I do not know his proper name; all the other avatars just called him Catcher or just Catch. Blonde Star Girl seems to give tips about the task at hand. “Arms out, arms out!” she appears to say in coaching him. But the larger toy avatar pretty much did what he came to Bigfoot to do this day, with most racing marbles “caught” at the end. Well, there was really only one marble to catch, since only one successfully made it all the way around the track. We’ll get to him soon enough. *Greenilocks* is his name. Congrats Greenilocks!
Many other avatars chipped in to make this a successful stage 3. At-At Imperial Trooper moves in to prop up an important ending turn of the track, where Greenilocks had flown off one or two times because of too much speed. Problem solved. Thanks At-At Imperial Trooper! You truly are a trooper now in the sense of, a) “somebody who does something strenuous, or tedious for a long period of time without complaining, and, b) somebody who overcomes a tough situation.
I’m not sure what muscular, hook handed pirate man did this day, but thanks anyway! Just being there showed your support. (Note: the pirate is perhaps strangely obscured by At-At Imperial Trooper in the above picture.)
This is the whole, completed race track. Hard to take a good picture of it, so I’ll just move to the various parts in the next post. Suffice to say here that it begins on top of the spool table and ends at the bottom of same. This is what it was all leading up to. So far.
Race track looking from the opposite direction (west to east).
Bigfoot Happening Stage 03 02
Details of the track now. As I counted today upon a revisit after work, Bigfoot’s marble race contains 42 1/2 pieces of O-27 gauge model railroad track, which takes it beyond Billfork’s 37. And I had a lot more 0-27 stuff to work with, actually. The thought crossed my mind to even enlarge upon the track here, perhaps extending it toward Mina Pool. But I probably won’t, even though I have tomorrow afternoon and then all day Thursday off now for more hiking fun and possibilities.
Each object holding up the track has its own small story to tell. Most came from the old high school football stadium once more. The 1st big curve of the track after the start is supported here by the rusty metal skeleton of an old chair, turned on its back.
As I’ve mentioned before, the race setup begins on top of Bigfoot’s very central spool table and ends on the bottom of same. In the below photo, you can also see some detail of the track beyond the first curve more in the background…
… as it passes the spool table to its west to proceed…
… toward Taum Sauk’s iron smelting plant, which it loops around to quickly reach…
… the bottom of the spool table.
This higher brick structure is another new one in town, and helps to prop up a northern portion of the track. I found it at the Plateau of Raw Art’s upper baseball field.
The rusty chair skeleton again looking east.
Bigfoot Happening Stage 03 03
Having reviewed the race track a bit, let’s test it out!
You can see the blur of racing Big Green Swirl successfully navigating the first curve…
… and then all the others to reach…
… The End, where Catcher catches. Good Catcher!
Smelting plant again and the surrounding track.
Here are the marbles I tested this day, with Big Green Swirl center stage. The marbles to its left in the below photo were too big to make it down the track (all flew off); the marbles to the right were too small and stopped somewhere along the way. Only Big Green Swirl made it down the whole track without hitches. Thus its new name of Greenilocks. Not too small, not too big, but just right. The prize for winning the contest was its marriage to Diamondia, the most perfect of the marble’s female species seen in front of it below, transmuted by George Washington Carver himself out of a peanut.
Many other marbles made the trip into Bigfoot this day, but the great majority remained in this metal container, clearly unfit to participate.
Empty Promises reminds Taum Sauk that there’s more left to Bigfoot than just a completed and tested marble race track. Later we would follow Taum on an exploring trip of the swamp and surrounding roads.
Taum Sauk also graciously lent a corner of his brick home to prop up a part of the track running around his plant. It had to be moved several inches to effect this. And below it in the photo is Taum’s atv, which he will employ for the exploring trip. Can’t wait!
Great weekend of toy/junk happening fun!(!). Bigfoot is probably my most successful such art event yet, surpassing Billfork, Lion’s Roar, Sharieland and the rest. One reason: I had so much junky material to work with at the old high school (aka Plateau of Raw Art), which was very close. There were junk piles near both Billfork and Lion’s Roar to get materials, but they weren’t nearly this extensive. I had a surplus this time! So I took off Thursday and Friday, and also had a clear weekend. 3 of the 4 days I got to Bigfoot. My plan is to take off Wed afternoon and Thu for more Bigfoot fun. What I have left to do: importing the white rocks from the Plateau of Raw Art pictured in this blog post LINK. Also, Taum Sauk might take a exploration drive around Bigfeet Swamp, as prompted by his friend/fiend Empty Promises LINK. There’s a history to this place. Excitement. Later on, years down the road, I’ll camp at Bigfoot and also Rediscovery. Perhaps an art happening is in store for the latter sometime as well. Then I can also create an official marble race. Only 1 marble (Big Green Swirl) made it through the newly finished course on Sunday. I’d like to have a race, building upon events at Billfork (small advantage for latter so far). I’d like to think more about what’s in the central area of the spool that people line up to see. I’d like to learn more about the toy avatars present as a whole. Why is James Franco there, and how does he fit in with Taum Sauk’s smelting plans for the town (etc.)? And what about all those nuts, bolts, sliders? Haven’t done much with them yet. There’s a lot more possibilities.
Taum Sauk is a double or twin to the guy elected leader of Whitehead Crossing this past winter, who may also be a double, once more, to Lazy Sideburns Man of the Sharieland event of 2013. How does all that twinning work? And what of his wife Mina Sauk (you always include the last name when saying either of ’em)? Did she *drown* in her namesake pool (Mina Pool) below the falls (Mina Falls)? She was too heavy for the boat, and it sank, just like the toy avatar was too heavy for the clear boat LINK. In our reality, Taum Sauk is the highest peak of Missouri and Mina Sauk is Missouri’s highest waterfall, tumbling off its side. Both are in Iron County, Missouri, which is strangely bisected geographically. The name Johnsons, also residents of Bigfoot, comes from Johnson’s Shut-Ins, a twin state park to Taum Sauk State Park. All of this is still within Iron County. The original name of Bigfoot (Irontown, Ironton, Irons, or just Iron) directly resonates with real life Ironton county seat of Iron.
Things to do:
Take white rocks to Bigfoot from Plateau. Check White Rock pop places in US again for potential new meaning.
Take pics of Taum exploring in his atv around the swamp and perhaps other places. Get sev. landscaping objects from football stadium.
Take another scan of whole Plateau for more potentially meaningful objects.
Think of developing upper roads (Blue, Green, Yellow) along with Bigfoot Proper (lower road, or Swamp Road).
Hike to Rediscovery again. Take more pics — probably can cross Leola Creek again.
Bigfoot Happening 10/22/15
This particular beautiful sunny day I took the afternoon off for more Bigfoot fun and adventure. I rediscovered a route to the lovely Leola Creek cliffs that I had originally found about 2 months prior…
… through this fallen tree “bridge” over the creek. Fantastic! Now I perhaps have a way into Bigfoot from the Blue Mtn. Urban Landscape again during wetter weather, providing that the tree trunk itself is not too slippery to cross. I’ll still have to be careful. We’ll see how it pans out (perhaps today!).
The bridge is higher on the Blue Mountain side. Another thing to consider is that it’s not in plain sight to others, and is in about as remote a spot on the creek as you can get near Bigfoot. So people are still not likely to see me crossing the creek. Very important thing to consider — seems set up, if you will, for me using it to that purpose. But… we’ll just see.
An orange seep oozes from the side of the Plateau of Raw Art and into Leola Creek. Makes me wonder if the plateau was once the site of a landfill of some kind (see: leachate).
Path from Bigfoot that eventually takes one to the bridge. Just around the corner you’ll have to cross that ooze pictured above to reach it.
And also on this day, I created perhaps a final piece of “finished” art for the Bigfoot happening from the raw stuff of the plateau above it. This came in the form of the white rocks in dilapidated bags that I had found there only the day before. LINK. But unlike what I said in that former post, there were actually 4 old bags of rocks. It was a tough tote down the steep hill, but I made it. I dumped all the rocks in a crevasse next to Vincente, the outpost area of the Bigfoot happening. A bit later, Taum Sauk would turn around at this spot in his exploring route, deciding that he’d seen enough of the swamp and was ready to settle in for the winter months. We’ll get to his story in the next set of posts.
Bigfoot Happening Conclusion 01
So here we are: the final day of the Bigfoot art happening. I took the whole day off to enjoy the event. More perfect weather in Blue Mountain, with nary a cloud in the blue, blue sky.
We start with a photo from the upper road of Bigfoot, or what I’ve been calling the Blue Road at times. A poor little Monarch butterfly has given up his or her life in the Fall crispness.
There’s some unused junk on just beside the Blue Road, including the remnants of old chain link fences.
Speaking of which, it seems someone, probably skateboarders, had removed some fencing on the Bigfoot end of the stadium sometime in the last several days. Must be careful to cover my tracks into Bigfoot from the stadium! But I suppose on the last day of the happening, it doesn’t matter that much. Still I’d like to hide the existence of the strangely placed swamp as much as possible. My *personal* swamp I wish it to be! Something that has been dislodged from time and space itself.
Back to the Blue Road: part of the leftover junk I gathered from the plateau that didn’t make it into the happening at the swamp. And there’s some more of the same on the Green Road just below. Future possibilities…
But it’s Bigfoot proper that must be our focus for today. Toy avatars gather for one of the final group shots. Say cheese!
Mina Sauk is still at her pool, where the plastic see-through boat has refused to float even with her not inside. Sunken loot?
Bigfoot Happening Conclusion 02
I left 1/2 of a New Belgian 1556 beer from the day before chill’n in this pool for the celebration. Almost time to repop the cork!
Mina Pool probably holds more mysteries that you would expect in its deceptively shallow, golden waters.
The pipe perhaps knows more than it’s letting on. Does the pipe have a mouth? Is the water that spills forth into the pool and inclusive Bigfeet Swamp somehow sentient?
In taking a closer look at the falls, I spot a small salamander sunning on the rock just below. In a knowing way, I could add.
The dying back of the weeds and cattails has revealed the swamp’s outtake culvert. I was somewhat disappointed that Taum Sauk didn’t quite reach this destination in his subsequent explorations.
Bigfoot Swamp looking south to north across its approximately 100 foot expanse. We’re on the opposite side from Bigfoot now.
Leola Creek looking down from the swamp road to the east. It’s about a 50 foot descent from the swamp to the creek.
Then just turning around from the same basic position: Bigfeet Swamp from the west. I’m continuing to walking counterclockwise around the swamp on the encircling road and taking pictures before returning to Bigfoot proper.
Almost back to Bigfoot now…
Bigfoot Happening Conclusion 03
I’ve circled back to Bigfoot on the Swamp (aka Red) Road.
Looking up: lattice of limbs, filled with chirping birds at this time.
Looking down: Spool Table, which I might rename Brian Head after the recently killed Barbie head, the sole casualty of the toy/junk happening that I know of. Because that’s her (his?) quizzical name as I’ve indicated before: Brian Head. Not coincidentally, there’s a place of that name in Iron County, Utah. I knew a man who owned a cabin there once, way up on the side of a mountain. Perhaps he still does. He claimed he wanted to write a blockbuster film script for Kirk Douglas, who has so far lived to a ripe old age of 98. But clearly my old Brian Head friend is running out of Father Time on his mission.
But what of the blue mushroom and matching blue plastic ring at the center of the table? The answer to that particular question and many others weren’t to be found this day. Bigfoot largely remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma seasoned with puzzle pieces.
The 3 bricks topped with metal caps in the happening, each one holding up a specific curve of the marble track. They are, in descending track order…
And #3 (left, background):
And there’s a fourth cap in Bigfoot as well, with similar look and function but without an accompanying brick. You can see it in the foreground of the below photo, perched on the edge of the spool table. It’s sometimes called Walking Cap or Walking Ball to differentiate it from the other 3 of its ilk.
The day before, I brought in a number of other marbles to test on the track mainly. 2 others made it down without stopping or flying off, just like Greenilocks the day before that. 2 more brides were also brought in for the new winners. But, in my ear now, I’ve been corrected by Hucka D, who states there was only one wedding during the happening. The rest of what he’s telling me about mismatched bridesmaids and groomsmen isn’t making much sense, so I’ll leave it out of the blog for now.
Moving to the left side of the table we have dead Brian Head and matching Starbucks’ female head logo on the 4 shot latte I brought to the camp this day. Story behind the image here; I’ve never really thought about it until now! *
More details concerning the track before its subsequent dismantlement…
Taum Sauk is now out of his chair and sitting on the atv, clearly itching to start his exploring trip. Let’s see where he goes!
* Quotes like this from the official Starbucks article about the image makes her sound queerly Hucka D.-like:
She means something different to every one who sees her, who knows her. For me she’s kind of the final say on the spirit of everything I write and everything we do. Even as I’m writing this, I wonder what she thinks. (She likes it, by the way.)
Bigfoot Happening Conclusion 04
It was logical he head toward Mina Pool first, named after his deceased wife Mina Sauk. Or so he thought she was dead. He’d soon find out otherwise. Joy and happiness continues in Bigfoot!
He nears the stream flowing from the pool into the swamp…
… but it turns out to not be much of a deterrent, with only a bit of wet foot resulting in the crossing which quickly dries.
Taum Sauk is now past the pool and heading straight for the In-the-way Fern, which, true to its name, is directly in the middle of his path. But he’s able to skirt around it with only a ferny head brush as a bother.
He then motors past the Caves of Brush, as he snappily names them. He’ll soon be back.
He reaches the outlying area of the Bigfoot happening, and wonders if this is another iron smelting plant, perhaps owned by a fierce rival he has yet to face. In truth, it is the remains of the
Middle Game High School Old Johnson Estate.
The nearby crevasse filled with numerous white rocks confounds Taum Sauk. “What devilish spectacle of nature are we dealing with here?” he asks himself. Seeing the path ahead become more faint he chooses to turn around at this point. To my admitted disappointment he’s decided he’s already seen enough of the swamp, and is ready to find a place to bed down for the coming winter months.
With this in mind, he returns to those caves.
Turns out the lower and larger cave has a hole on either side. That won’t do, he thinks.
But then he finds a nice new spot to sit and contemplate above it. *That’s* encouraging to him.
And then there’s the other, higher cave to still peek into…
Bigfoot Happening Conclusion 05
It was soon decided. Taum Sauk *loved* the second, higher cave, and named it the Unholey Cave since it was closed up at the other end, unlike the first. Never mind that it, of course, had to have *one* hole in it to make it an enterable cave in the first place. The lower and larger cave with its two holes instead of one hole naturally became Holey Cave. Unlike in church, unholey is better than holey here.
While Taum Sauk was busy on his exploring trip, I dismantled the marble race track and also packed away all the Bigfoot toy avatars into my satchel, leaving only Taum’s friend Empty Promises behind. He plans to live in the center of the Spool Table, a winter caretaker for Bigfoot as it were. And I’m sure Taum will be by to visit on occasion when he can burrow out of the snow and make a return trip to the now abandoned town.
I pour a celebratory 1/2 beer remaining from the day before and sit in my chair, staring at the surroundings for quite a while.
In my mind’s eye, I conjure up an image of Taum Sauk being joined by his wife Mina in his new home.
They test out the dirt in the back room…
… soon joined by Taum’s beloved chair and atv.
My 1/2 beer finished, I then get up from my own chair and take some final shots.
I seal up the top of the Spool Table with metal caps so that Empty Promises can stay dry. I hear his small voice thanking me as I place the final cap over the second hole, making this place unholey as well.
And that’s the end of the October 2015 Bigfoot Happening! I hope you enjoyed the pictures and stories.