Derek in Kentucky, who posts on Youtube as CryptoChristian, called in to Darkness Radio to tell of his first encounter with a Bigfoot while volunteering in a wildlife preservation in Pennsylvania:
“I travel around the country. It's just me and my dog. We were in Guys Mills, Pennsylvania (Crawford County) and we were at this wildlife preservation (Erie National Wildlife Preserve), I was doing volunteer work there. So I was there for about two weeks and nothing out of the ordinary happened. Me and my dog were going for a walk and I seen these, they were tracks and they were going in... it had rained really hard earlier that day and they were going down a stone road I was walking down so there wasn't anything I could cast but I took pictures of them but they were 18 inch footprints and they had a 72 inch stride length.
I got excited, I was like, Wow, that's pretty cool. I didn't think anything more about it. I mean this was miles away. I mean we hiked miles so it was way way from my camper and I'm camped in the middle of absolutely nowhere. I mean there's the building where they kept all the equipment and then there was another like little out building but other than that, I'm in the middle of a national wildlife preservation so there's nothing around. And they had a little spot for me to camp, for volunteers to camp and we were the only ones allowed there. So it was just me and my dog. And so I scouted the area really well because when I wasn't volunteering, I mean there was no self-service, you couldn't get, you know, you couldn't get nothing for my mobile hotspot. I couldn't get a TV channel so it was just me and nature and I actually liked it that way.
It was one night, this was in May so it was warm enough for me to have my windows open and it was probably 10 o'clock at night and I was sitting here reading and when I was reading I started hearing people talking but I couldn't understand exactly what they were saying. And that caught my interest because I'm in the middle of nowhere and hearing people, you know, in the middle of nowhere is more frightening than anything. So I stopped what I was doing and I listened and I could hear them talk and it sounded like a TV being on in another room with the door closed where all you could kind of hear was the bass sounds. You know what I'm talking about? So I went outside and I looked around and I didn't see anything. I come back in and I could hear the talking again and I thought, Wow, now this is strange and then the footprints came to my head and I thought, Ah, I doubt it but okay. I walked back outside again and I heard the voices kind of moving away and I heard this bass sounds and, still to this day, I have no idea what this bass sound was but it almost sounded like speakers in the back of a car. And I don't know what that was. I know that I was in Amish country in the middle of nowhere so I really doubt somebody had a stereo in the back of their car going down one of these little dirt roads but maybe.
So, it was the next night. My dog started going nuts and he tried getting up underneath where I sleep so I laid there and I'm on one arm and I'm still laying down and I bend over to find out what the dog wanted and the next thing I know, I'm laying on the ground. And you know how when you first wake up, you're not really sure what's going on? So I started getting up and when I got up, I got pushed into the wall. And got back down and when I looked up, I could see that everything I had hanging was swaying and it hit me that the RV was rocking. And I was terrified. I was absolutely terrified. The next day, I went outside and I found that all over my RV these 11 and a half inch hand-prints. I have pictures of it. (Schrader asks him to send the pictures over and the caller agrees) So I was terrified and you should have seen the way the RV was shaking. I have a big 20 foot RV and if you could have seen the way it was shaking. I mean it was frightening. So I'm actually outside and this is a bird wildlife place (The segment ends and picks back up after a break. The caller picks up his story where he left off.)
So I'm outside all day, I have nothing to do. I could hear these birds. The people that worked there got so sick of me asking, Hey, what bird makes this sound that they gave me a book and told me to just try to mimic this bird sound. Get him close and then I can identify him. So I'm outside and there's this one bird that went (makes bird sound) So I'm outside and I'm trying to whistle so I can get this bird close so I can look in this book to see what kind of bird it was. So later that night, I'm laying in bed and I have my windows open and right in the window in the middle of the night, while it was raining, and I had this on video – something goes in the window (makes loud whistling noise) and I was terrified. I jump up, I grab my camera and I start recording and I keep hearing the... I mean, you can hear that there's more than one and they are moving around and they were whistling. I can't tell you how scared I was. And there's no way I could even drive off if I wanted to because I'm hooked up to the water and I'm hooked up to the electric line and my stairs are down. I couldn't drive off. I can't call anyone, I have no phone reception, I have no internet, I have nothing. And I'm sitting here like, Holy crap, what's going on? Then I start getting rocks thrown at the RV and I have all that on video too. And my RV is just getting pegged with rocks. So I'm sitting there and I wanted to catch it on video so I'm standing at the door of my RV and I'm trying to talk myself into going outside and it was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do. So I talk myself into going outside and I did catch a thermal of something. I don't know what it is. I can't say exactly what it was because I couldn't see it with my eyes, I could only see the heat signature but it was huge! I had that recorded too and you could tell I was terrified. I was shaking, the camera's shaking, I'm like breathing heavy and next thing I know, I start hearing something coming from behind me and I ran back inside.
I was up like all night almost every night. I couldn't sleep. I was volunteering like 8 hours during the day. I was coming back. I was so scared at night, I couldn't sleep. I mean I've gotten better with it but this was the first time anything like this has every happened to me. So the culmination of it all was, I was inside and this is when I left. I wasn't even supposed to leave yet but I just couldn't do it anymore. And I have this on video and I think I've only shown it to two other people because I was so scared, I was praying, I was dry heaving but I got woke up to something trying to open my camper door. So the first thing I do is, I grab my camera and I stand here and I can hear the door just rattling like someone's trying to open it. Now I don't know why it didn't open because the way I seen it push this camper, there's no way that thing couldn't just rip my door off. I don't know if it was just trying to scare me. The next day, and I have it on video where I just walk over and it's just violently shaking my door. After that, I was done, I didn't want to play with it anymore. I took my ball and went home.
The area where I was in, I was kind of on this hill, I think they were camping down...or living, whatever they do, down in this little valley because I was down there with my dog a bunch of times with my dog and I didn't see anything. And then I went down this one day and something pushed a tree over. I mean, I got that on video too. Then I started finding all these trees shoved into the ground and I got that on video, where they were taking these trees and breaking them off. The fibres are twisted. Something grabbed that tree which was only about 6 inches around and twisted it in half.”
Source: Darkness Radio - January 5, 2016
Transcribed by Jamie Brian
Astonishing Encounters: Pennsylvania's Unknown Creatures, Casebook 3
Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook
The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates
Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot
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