There are many cliche notions of Bigfoot and Sasquatch etc. that have been incorporated into pop culture: movies, commercials, television. Our quest for the “Yeti” is mostly a quest into the collective psyche. It is also a fun idea for a tour; to follow the migratory path of the North American Bigfoot and to play heavy rock music.
Personally I believe in Bigfoot as an actual race of living creatures. One of my oldest friends from elementary school saw a “Sasquatch” in the Redwood Natl. Park while working for the Forest service. As with seeking any wildlife, the goal in viewing the creature is simply the experience of observing without disturbing, and discovering something inspiring and fleeting. This is even more exciting when a mythical beast is involved.
Some think of Bigfoot as a projection of the human-animal mind. Some think it is the missing link. Some think it is a solitary and elusive creature. Some think it is an inter-dimensional beast. Some think it is a mass cultural delusion. I happen to believe in many of these theories concurrently. I don’t really care too much to intellectualize. I do know that this has been a long term fascination and something which I intuitively believe in. I also know that native peoples and explorers and mountain peoples have recorded sightings and encounters for many hundreds of years. I am particularly interested in folklore and oral history pertaining to Bigfoot.
My friend in Portland said this to me over lunch the other day- “Bigfoot is an inter-dimensional creature.” Of course I knew this already but his choice of words was the best. Slipping in and out of dimensions and overlapping layers of reality is highly feasible in my mind. We use a ridiculously small portion of our brains and tap into a fraction of the potential of our consciousness. The reality that surrounds us is highly subjective, very mysterious and bigger than we can imagine.
Weird stuff is going on in Alaska. Weird government stuff. Read up on it. Google it. It is very interesting/scary. That is all I can say now because I am too tired.
We met back up with our brother and bass player Dan Barone for our Portland show. We did this show also as a collaboration with Valet. We had 7 folks on stage and we played a nice trippy set which slowly progressed into a riff heavy breakdown. After the show we met Dan Wilson, a fellow living in Portland who originally grew up in Fairbanks Alaska. A few days prior Ashby had mentioned that her friend Dan wanted to come with us. We talked for a bit and arranged for him to come along. Right away he booked us two more shows in Fairbanks, and joined the band.
The next day Barone was finishing moving out of his house and was getting rid of a lot of weird accumulated domestic detritus. DB walked out of the house to the bon fire where we were burning trash and handed me a white leather outfit. White leather pants and a slick white leather top. I changed immediately. The leather fit great. We went to a bar and had some drinks. We ended up wrestling in the parking lot and I was inspired to invent a new Kung Fu/Urban street fighting form called the White Cockroach…La Cucaracha Blanca. This involves approaching your adversary rapidly backwards in a push up position and clamping down on their legs with yours and twisting to bring them to the ground. Across the street was another bar when a dude in black leather came out to the street and yelled some threat at me and said something about feeling the wrath of his ukelele, which he was holding. I ran into the center of the street and displayed my La Cucaracha Blanca technique mixed with a bit of break dancing and the adversary promptly fled into a van which pulled up to the curb.
This is a reminder for the kids and adults about the importance of oral health. Brushing with your friends can be fun. Flossing rules. Brush dem teethies!
We drove from Portland to Price Rupert B.C. which was grueling and gorgeous. It took over 24 hours. It was amazing scenery. We got on the ferry at 8am after checking in at 5am. The boat trip thru the inside passage (Alexander Archipeligo) was pretty much the most amazing voyage. Pictures can’t do it justice and neither can my words right now. We saw eagles, killer whales, dolphins, and dozens and dozens of uninhabited little islands, snow capped peaks and pristine pine forests, and amazing skies. We slept in the solarium on the upper deck. We had two chances to get off the boat briefly in Ketchikan and Wrangell. Nice totems!!!
Our first show in Alaska was on Mitkoff Island, in the town of Petersburg. This is a major fishing village and a temperate rain forest, in the Tongass Natl. Forest. Petersburg is known as “Little Norway”. This place rules. We played at Kito’s Kave. Thanks to Sam and all his cohorts in the Kito’s Kave drinking collective.
Right before our show, the Mexican blankets which adorn the La Fonda (the Mexican Restaurant that shares a space with Kito’s) were pulled down by an awesome Mexican man and revealed nudie paintings of women on velvet. This set the party vibe.
We had the MOST fun here. We played 3 sets and DJ’ed in between. Kito’s brought out the best in us.
We love Kito’s. They set us up with a trailer to stay in for three days. That was amazing generosity.
We met Capt. Dick first in Petersburg. Dude is a super awesome partier. Folks in Petersburg also hipped us to the knowledge of the Moogu men, or Cousticas. They said we were wasting our time asking anyone there about the legend of bigfoot.
We hiked up to Raven’s Roost, the day after our show at Kito’s. We all had hangovers. We later learned about different types of Lichens, like Fairy Barf.
We took another ferry to Haines. From Haines we’d be free to drive once again. This ferry was bigger and had a broader social scene. I described this one as have more of a “proletariat loveboat vibe”. There was a lot more folks on the solarium and there was a swanky bar with velvet wallpaper. We met cool folks like Chris with the rose colored glasses and Tony the bartender who dreamed of having a band called “god’s privates”.
We saw Orcas and Humpback whales, and a mind melting sky melt sunset.
We drove straight from Haines to Fairbanks with a few hours of sleep at Dead Man’s Lake. We mainly saw lots of mountains, lakes, rivers, wilderness’es, bears, wrathful foxes, sunlight, double mystical owls, clouds, moose, wild horses and one two lane highway with very few passers by. Towns were very sparse and seldon seen. Once, we saw two skies at once. The Yukon is crunk.