DHS Squirrel

 May 2023 Arizona Expedition


Dates: May 10-13 (Wed. - Sat.)
[Why Wed-Sat?  A: The following Sunday is Mother's Day]

The first BFRO expedition in Arizona led to the discovery of a very interesting cave in a remote part of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation that appeared to have been used by sasquatches.

The second Arizona expedition focused on a different part of the Mogollon Rim zone and resulted some compelling incidents at night.

The Mogollon Rim is not well known outside of Arizona. Its notoriety is overshadowed by the Grand Canyon. Though not quite as visually spectacular as the Grand Canyon, it is much larger and more devoid of humans along 95% of it. The Mogollon Rim is also more relevant to this subject because it has much more plant and animal life than the Grand Canyon.

The portion of the Mogollon Rim zone targeted in the upcoming Arizona expedition likely has a resident family of sasquatches that feed upon the abundant elk and deer herds there. It is a surprisingly wet area, by Arizona standards, especially in the summer.

At the hottest times of the year in the rest of Arizona, the rim zone receives very reliable precipitation, as humid air from the Gulf of Mexico is funneled up and over the rim, creating updrafts into colder air which results in massive thunderheads and rain showers nearly every afternoon. The vegetation in this area is surprisingly lush in the summer, supporting a particularly large elk and deer population compared to anywhere else in the state. Thus this zone has the more of the protein staples for bigfoots than anywhere else in Arizona.

Expedition organizer Sandra McLemore is likely the most experienced bigfoot researcher familiar with Mogollon Rim hotspots. Sandra led several great public and private BFRO expeditions between 2008 and 2017 in Arizona and one in New Mexicio. She has been bravely checking out locations on her own since then. She really knows her way around some sections of the Rim.

At least some part of this expedition group will check out more than one area in the Rim zone. Keep that in mind. Because if you want to see as much as possible it will help to sleep out of the back of an SUV, rather than a (cumbersome) tent, so it is not a hassle for you to pack quickly and relocate to a new spot each day and night with that group.

Of course, the whole group will stay put at the first spot if Sandra's knack for finding a good bigfoot spot on the first stab (depending on seasonal conditions) serves us well.

It's all about the elk herds up there. The two species tend to end up in the same areas.

That is another reason why you should consider sleeping in a vehicle on this trip. When Sandra is your leader on the Rim you will almost certainly find yourself deep in bigfoot area with a bunch of big elk nearby. You will likely wake up to the sound of elk walking around your tent at some point, which can be unnerving if it's a whole herd of them.

Much less unnerving if you are off the ground and inside a car, even if the back hatch is wide open. At least you won't get trampled. 

Various attendees will have state-of-the-art thermal optics for recording video in the dark. The BFRO sells high-resoluation (384 lines) thermal cameras for much lower than retail price, because we want as many people as possible to afford them. See BFRO homepage for more info about those cameras. Click on thermal image of the guy with a dog. You will not regret owning one of those devices. A good thermal video camera is MUCH more useful for squatching than the best nightvision video camera.

UPDATE: As of 02/12/23 Sandra is no longer accepting requests for participation.



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