Clark county, WA
Nearest town: Skamania/North Bonneville
Nearest road: Hwy 14
Conditions: Cool and Damp
Time: late afternoon
Location: Camp Ground in Beacon Rock State Park off of Hwy 14 next to the Columbia River. On the Columbia River side of Hwy 14 there is a parking lot for a scenic overlook for Beacon Rock which sits in the Columbia River. Across Hwy 14 there is a road that leads into a camp ground. This road is pretty steep with a couple of switchbacks.
Description of event: I was living in Portland, Oregon at the time.
In either late March or early April of either 1998 or 1999 I was taking a drive west on Hwy 14 towards Vancouver. I saw a sign for Beacon Rock overlook and decided to stop. I also noticed that across the street was a road that lead to a camp ground up the side of the cliff.
The camp ground was still closed for winter and the entrance gate was shut. Since I like to camp, I decided to go around the gate and walk up to the camp ground to have a look around. The road leading up was less then a 1/4 of a mile long, but was pretty steep.I was short of breath when I reached the top.
I took a quick walk around the edge of the camp area, checking out each site. I then walked to the south edge to get a view of the Columbia River.
The restrooms were between me and the rest of the camp ground. When walking out from behind the restroom building I had a strange feeling that I was not up there alone and that either a person or an animal was watching me from the tree line
I had been camping and hiking many times alone in the past and had never had such a feeling. The more I thought about it the stronger the feeling became and I decided that it was not a good idea for me to be up there by myself and unarmed. I quickly walked out of the camp ground and started heading down the switch back road. Fear intensified as I half walked and half ran down the road. When I reached the bottom next to the entrance gate I was so nerve-wracked that when I looked up and saw the Beacon Rock it startled me. I crossed the street and got into my car and drove home.
I have gone hiking and camping since then, but that is the only time that I have gotten spooked like that for no reason. It is a memory that I have thought about many times, wondering why I got so scared all of a sudden. When I read about some sightings where people have had the same feeling, I decided to include my experience.
I knew very little about the Bigfoot phenomena before just a few months ago.I was just messing around on the internet and I stumbled onto this website which led me to others. In fact I do not even remember seeing the Patterson Film before a few months ago, except for maybe in a documentary where it was explained away by skeptics. I just always remember that experience I had at that camp ground and have never had fear come up on me like that before.
After, doing a little bit of research on the subject, I wonder if in fact I was being watched and my instincts told me to get out of there. I am from Florida and live there now, but I lived in Portland, Oregon for 3 years. Before that I lived in Redding, California for 1 year.
I have physically been, and camped out, in 2 of the places where the recordings on your website have been taken. Klamath. California ( I slept in the back of my pick up truck - had a topper shell on it) for the few nights while I was in that area checking out the Redwoods. I also camped out for 6 weeks straight in a tent near Estacada, Oregon when I first moved to Portland. It was the early summer of 1996 and I was staying at a camp ground in Milo Mclver State Park.
My last year in Oregon I owned an old class C motor home, that I towed a jeep behind. Almost every weekend I would go camping in that area. The two spots I went the most where Yale Lake near Cougar, Washington on the south side of Mt. St. Helens, and in the Tillimook State Forest. Sometimes I would drive this motor home way down a logging road and stay the night. That is an intense feeling. I would also drive my jeep around these logging roads at night by myself. Back then I did not really believe in Bigfoot, because if I did, I do not think I would have done that.
record updated:2007-09-04 23:24:54