Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The 3rd Annual Boggy Creek Festival 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

What is a Legend Tripper?

Are you one of those unique people who brave the woods at night to search for the large unknown creature known as Bigfoot or other cryptid creatures? Do you like to explore old run down haunted places or grave yards, to conduct a ghost hunt? Do you investigate areas where sightings of strange unknown flying aircraft and landing sites have been reported? Are you one of those people who search for legendary lost treasure left behind by pirates or soldiers? If you do to all of that, then you are a legend tripper.

“You’ve heard the saying ‘Think outside the box.’ With legend tripping, you ‘look outside the box.’ You go out and search for things out of the norm. Let’s be real, Bigfoot and ghosts are not what we call normal. In fact, that is why they are called the paranormal. If you look up and see strange lights moving in an irregular pattern, and say ‘It’s probably a plane,’ then you are not looking outside the box. If you say, ‘That might be a UFO,’ then you are. Legend trippers don’t care what scientists have to say. Everything isn’t always explainable. There are still things out there we don’t know.” A legend tripper braves the night to find the truth behind these legends.

Now, a person who looks for just cryptids is a cryptozoologist, and a person who looks for ghosts is a paranormal investigator. A legend tripper does not go by these labels. They eat, drink and live legends and spend every available time researching and exploring the stories behind the legends. My passion lies in thrill of the search for the unknown, the unexplained, the mysterious, and the weird. To A legend tripper, it is not a job but a passion. It would be nice to have a job looking for legends and mysteries. Legend tripping is a chance to get out and away from the everyday routine of life, and experience something above the norm.

Recently, legend tripping was given a bad name when kids were going into abandoned buildings and underground facilities and were calling themselves legend trippers. In July 2012, teenagers snuck into the old, abandoned Ravenswood Hospital (outside of Chicago, Illinois). One teenager fell from a second-story window onto a concrete floor and died. This is not legend tripping. It's called trespassing. Legend trippers today do go into abandoned buildings, but they first get permission and they do it safely. There are many abandoned buildings I would love to go into, but I don’t because I know it can be dangerous, and it’s illegal. Legend tripping is looking for and experiencing a legend, but doing it the right way.

On a side note, if you are one of those people who is looking to get famous, then legend tripping is probably not for you. Today, there are a lot of people out there looking for Bigfoot and/or ghosts, just to get what is referred to as the “money shot” (that one photograph that nobody, including scientists, cannot dispute), and to gain a large amount of money for being the person who took it.
A recent hoax photo
The truth of the matter is that there is no money shot. Today, with the many hoax videos on the internet, people want proof that they can actually see and touch. So, unless somebody brings in a live or dead specimen, then the photo or video is going to be ridiculed and branded a fake. The famous Bigfoot film is the 1967 Roger Patterson film of a supposed female Bigfoot, and it to this day, still considered my scientists a fake. No matter how many legend trippers say it’s real, scientists say it is a person in a specially built gorilla suit. With the paranormal and extraterrestrials, unless you can get the ghost or UFO to show up at the same spot for scientists, again your photo(s) is going to be called a fake. But a legend tripper doesn’t care. It’s is not about making money and fame; it is about experiencing something nobody else gets to experience. It is the opportunity to look for something unique. It’s a chance to step out of the normal day to day routine of everyday life and look for something that might reexamine how we look at certain scientific theories. Legend trippers are not out to prove science wrong, but that some of these legends to have fact behind them.

Where to legend trippers go to explore legends. The quick answer is everywhere. There are Legends in every one of the fifty tow states in the US. Every state has legendary haunted places. Washington Irving’s famous short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is based on a real legend of a headless specter who is doomed to search for his head forever. The cave with the bottomless pit and hidden treasure in the Mark Twain's book Tom Sawyer is based on a real legend. Unidentified flying objects are seen almost daily in every part of the world. Look on MUFON’s website to see the daily UFO sightings. There are all kind of different crytpids seen in various parts of the country to include Bigfoot, the Moth-man, werewolves, and lake/river serpents. Native Americans have stories of these strange creatures that go back centuries, and they are still reportedly seen today. A legend tripper knows where to look.
Legend tripper's bag

A legend tripper is not one of those people who is content to just lie on the couch watching television every weekend. They don’t spend all their money at theme parks for excitement. A legend tripper lives to find weird places and explore them. Legends are all around us, you just need to research and find one close by and go on a legend trip.

Remember legend trippers don’t just think outside the box, they search outside of the box.