I’ve lapsed in my practice recently, I think due to burnout or discouragement. The fact that I have nothing to be discouraged about led to a series of shower thoughts which I will now share.
Sometimes folks hesitate to start down a path (especially a learning path) due to fear of failure, but ultimately failing is the single most educational thing anyone can do. Remember this: Failure is much more educational than success.
An unfortunate byproduct of failure’s educational value is that negative memories tend to weigh heavier in our minds than equivalent positive memories. So our necessary failures tend to overshadow any gradual success we experience, leading to an almost inevitable discouragement.
My advice is to remember that progress is usually slow, and successes fade from our minds long before failures. It is this way for a good reason, but as long as we learn to recognize it, we can rise above the illusion of discouragement.
The first mention of Batsquatch was in May 1980, when reports and sightings of a strange winged version of Sasquatch started showing itself in in the shadows of clouds during the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.
In 1994, a local mountaineer and a liquor shop owner were able to take pictures of the Batsquatch making the rumor more evident and real for individuals of the said area. In a local newspaper this headline alerted fear back into the minds of citizens. ‘Yelmidians take cover under shadow of suspicious creature. Mountain News’.
During this event livestock seemed to disappear though luckily no humans were reported missing at the time. A mountaineer dictated events that happened and his encounter with the Batsquatch when he found himself half conscious near a cliff on the said area. The events progressed like this: The mountaineer had been knocked out and was feeling fuzzy from the fall when he suddenly heard a loud deep base yell from the shadows. He tried to focus his attention on the creature that had made the sound while balancing the throbbing head ache that he had. He saw a log like entity being thrown of a cliff after a truck had hit it. What caught his eye was the fact that he saw purple wings.
He staggered to pull himself together as he looked for a way down to the valley when the clouds parted and a purple winged creature appeared. It looked like it was dragging another creature up. It looked like it was about 30 feet tall. With human like affection for the injured friend the creature then took into flight and extended strong wings that filled the mountaineer’s full eye sight view.
The mountaineer survived the event and kept this story a secret in fear of becoming the laughing stock of the community but when new stories came in about the Batsquatch he shared his story.
Figment of imagination, or reality?
A creature of great multitude and power that fills the air of the Washington Mountains truly is a frightful thought, especially knowing that it somehow survived time and evolution.
However, the reality of the Batsquatch can no longer be denied. It is only a creature that is struggling to survive. Just because it is so gigantic doesn’t mean that it will be the downfall of the human race. Respect! This is how we should take news such as this. Respect for a living creature instead of fear. Man should learn that our world is filled with entities that have not yet or can not yet be explained, but knowing that they are there adds to the humanity that we should be giving great creatures such as the Batsquatch.
Yet, fear still fills the hearts of men, women and children of Washington because now a new Batsquatch-like account is coming from Pennsylvania. Well-known researcher Stan Gordon gives the details:
On March 21, 2011, I was contacted by a witness who reported having an encounter with a very strange creature during the early morning hours of March 18, 2011. The incident occurred on a rural road in Butler County between Chicora and East Brady. The witness, a businessman passing through the area, stated that “this was the freakiest thing I ever saw, and it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.”
The man told me that he was driving down the road when from about a qurter-mile away, he observed something on the right side in a grassy area. His first thought was that it was a deer. The driver stepped on the gas to move closer to get a better view. From about 50 yards away, he observed something that appeared to be hunched down, and then stood up. The driver then observed a very tall muscular creature.
At this point, the driver had his high beams on and watched as the creature walked in front of a yellow reflective road sign, then crossed the two lane road in three long steps and continued into a wooded area. What he saw was a humanoid figure that stood at least 8 feet tall that appeared to have smooth leather-like skin that was of either a darker tan or light brown color.
The creature never looked at the witness, and was only observed from its side. The head appeared to be flat in the front section, and then rounded out. “At the top back of skull, it was like one of those aerodynamic helmets. The top was not quite a point, but looked like a ridge on top of the head.” The face was flat, and the eyes were not clearly defined, but the man thought that they might have been pointed in the corner. The ear that was observed on the left side was long and flat, and came up and back and was pointed backwards like a flap.
The arms were muscular and a little longer than that of a human. The hands looked more like a claw, but the number of fingers was unclear. One physical trait that stood out was the extremely muscular legs. The witness stated that it was hard to explain, but the legs did not move like that of a human, and “looked like they bent backwards.” The witness also saw what appeared to be wings on its back which were tucked into its body, with the wing tips extending toward the side of its head.
No unusual sounds or smells were noticed during the observation which was estimated to have been about 7-8 seconds. As the motorist approached the location where the creature entered the woods, it could no longer be seen. The next day the witness decided to drive back to the location of the encounter to look for any evidence. The ground conditions were not suitable for tracks, and nothing was found. The witness did, however, measure the road sign that the creature had walked in front of. The sign was just over 8 feet high, and the head of the creature was estimated to have reached about 4 inches above the sign.
Truth be told, Mark A. Hall made similar observations in his book. For those that have read Hall’s Thunderbirds: America’s Living Legends of Giant Birds, he clearly talks about “Bighoot” as a cryptid that uses camouflage to mimic the look of Sasquatch or Bigfoot in wooded areas, thus the name, linked to his giant owl theory. Of course, ridicule is used regarding how funny the name “Bigfoot” sounds too, so “Bighoot” is an easy mark.
It will be recalled that Linda Scarberry’s first account of Mothman talked about it being a big bird, and “wobbling.” In one description days afterwards, she said it “had muscular legs like a man.” But she also said she could not see “its head or arms. I don’t even know if the eyes are even in a head.”
Who wouldn’t quail at the thought of a sudden tete-a-tete with Bigfoot or a brush from the wing of a giant, flying reptile? Most people, though, believe these mysterious creatures exist only in nightmares or horror movies–until they spy a nine-foot tall, shaggy beast sprinting through their own yard or must swerve to avoid hitting a bat-winged, human-sized thing taking dead aim at their windshield.
Unlikely as it may sound, a surprising number of credible, sober citizens of all ages and from every walk of life say they have encountered unknown creatures in parks, fields, lakes, highways and, yes, urban areas all over the Americas.
The Batsquatch is reported to have purple skin, blood-red eyes, wings like that of a pterodactyl, and a head that resembles a cross between a primate and a bat. The creature’s name is based on Sasquatch, although the two cryptids have never been directly linked to each other. (via CryptoWiki)
Leaving behind Champ and his struggle to remain unseen we move across the map, literally, to the great pacific North West in pursuit of a lesser known Cryptid… Batsquatch, the Bat Sasquatch, or Squatchbat.
As the perfectly well adjusted and sociable locals call it, Batsquatch, is a large and unfriendly Cryptid that inhabits the evergreen state of Washington in the foothills and shadows of Mt. St. Helens. Batsquatch is described to have purple skin and deep piercing red eyes, with a gigantic wingspan. It has been reported as having a torso and almost resembling a sasquatch but with fucking wings. While Batsquatch is a carnivore it’s diet does not consist of humans, Batsquatch sustains itself by hunting deer and such. So thankfully there have yet to be any attacks. Batsquatch is a strange and mysterious creature that needs to be protected. If we keep encroaching on Batsquatch’s lands who knows what will happen to our small dogs and children.
Sightings began in the 1980’s so there has to be at least two of them. On dark stormy nights, as locals say, Batsquatch comes down from the mountain to steal livestock and hassle teenagers who dare camp in their back yards. No one knows where Batcquatch came from and no one knows how long it will stay.
What Is The Batsquatch
Batsquatch is even more elusive than Bigfoot and has only a few scarce reputable sightings.
Bigfoot reigns supreme as the cryptid to hunt for in the PNW, but the Batsquatch still has captured many people’s imaginations.
The first report of Batsquatch is from 1980 in …
Canfield’s macabre confrontation finally ended when his astonishing visitor began twitching its fingers, then unfolded its wings, which were so enormous that they spanned the entire width of the road, and slowly took off into the air – stirring up such extensive turbulence before soaring away towards Mount Rainierthat Canfield’s truck rocked and swayed. Once it had departed, his truck inexplicably came alive again, enabling him to drive home.
Later that day, still greatly frightened but this time accompanied by his mother and a neighbour, Canfield returned to the location of his incredible encounter. He hoped to find something that could provide physical proof of his story’s veracity, but was unable to do so. Notwithstanding this, his reputation for honesty and abstemious lifestyle were such that no-one acquainted with him had any doubt that he was telling the truth. Even newspaper columnist C.R. Roberts, who interviewed him in the Tacoma News Tribune on 1 May (following an earlier article regarding batsquatch in that same newspaper on 24 April), was convinced of his sincerity.
As for the amazing creature seen by him, its surrealistic similarity to a bigfoot (sasquatch) incongruously sprouting a pair of bat-like wings was sufficient for the media to dub it ‘batsquatch’ – a memorable name for a truly unforgettable entity.
Although no further reports of batsquatch appear to have emerged, when first reading Canfield’s description of it I thought of another remarkable encounter on file, which Geoffrey Hodson claimed to have experienced while visiting England‘s Lake District in June 1922. He later documented it in his book Fairies at Work and at Play (1925):
“My first impression was of a huge, brilliant crimson, bat-like thing, which fixed a pair of burning eyes upon me. The form was not concentrated into the true human shape, but was somehow spread out like a bat with a human face and eyes, and with wings outstretched over the mountainside. As soon as it felt itself to be observed it flashed into its proper shape, as if to confront us, fixed its piercing eyes upon us, and then sank into the hillside and disappeared. When first seen its aura must have covered several hundred feet of space, but in a later appearance, in which it again showed itself, the actual form was probably ten to twelve feet high.”
Hodson was a Theosophist, and believed that the above entity was a deva – an elemental nature spirit. Devas advising and assisting the human workers at Findhorn in Scotland and Perelandra in the U.S.A. were deemed to be responsible for the astonishingly successful cultivation of extra-large vegetables and flowers in the gardens of these experimental spiritual communities, despite the poor quality of the soil and the adverse climate.
Could batsquatch have been a deva? In spite of its daunting appearance, it made no attempt to harm or even threaten Canfield, merely observing him for a time before disappearing, just like the being observed by Hodson in the Lake District.
Also worth recalling here is an episode recounted to me on 9 October 2010 by New Zealand colleague Mark Phillipps, but whose source he was unable to recollect (click here for more details regarding this and also another strange entity mentioned to me by Mark):
“If I remember correctly, there were two men walking along some rough coastal cliffs (it may have been in Britain but I cannot be sure) when they came over a rise and saw a very large orange bat-like creature sunning itself on the rocks just above the water line.
“I believe they described it as being a good thirty or forty feet across.”
If this account is familiar to anyone, I’d greatly appreciate receiving details of its source, which I will also pass on to Mark – thanks very much.
This ShukerNature post is excerpted and expanded from my book Mysteries of Planet Earth (1999).