I was told that at Pine Grove Furnace, recent Big Foot hunters were “afoot”. Well as I walked into Perry County, I found a very incriminating foot print. It stopped me in my “tracks”. I have to show this to Zach and Jay, two Sasquatch would be hunters. Maybe they will know what to make of it. Or maybe I have been out in the woods too long.

I found an old abandoned vehicle that looks like it wrapped itself around a tree and knew I must be close to Perry County.  For an early lunch I sat on a cement abutment on the edge of the road. When I got up, it felt like a walking zombie. My joints ached like never before on flat but muddy ground.  I worried about how long I could go. It took about an hour of hobbling over the next hill before my legs loosened up. Epson Salts, I said, STAT!  Getting to familiar ground at our Aunt’s house and seeing my cousin’s and nephew’s, and “grand nephew” was special. Chicken Corn soup topped with strawberry pie reminded me of home. I remember my grandson used to say on a regular basis, “this is the best day of my life” and now I find myself saying the same thing, first when I got together with old friends, now when I got together with family. I teared up several times, but this time because I was filled with joy. Talking with my cousin’s made me realize how important time is and that it takes time and lots of it to grow a deep and abiding love. It takes patience to realize that young boys become strong dads, and wisdom to know how important family truly is. They too are part of this journey, not just my walk to Katadin but my walk back being whole again.



3 thoughts on “SASQUATCH

  1. Your presence meant so much to me and my family, even my 13 month old Grand-Daughter could feel it. Thank-You and God Bless You… till we meet again


    1. A friend of mine taped a presentation I did back in the Fall and recently edited it so I could post it on After going to the website, just search for Andy Davidson thru hiking thru life and you should get the 3 parts. The total presentation lasts about an hour. Hopefully it will make you laugh and think. Since I last wrote, I have to say I really miss the trail and miss conversing with y’all even more. I’ve been working on another project which I hope to announce in the near future. Until then I have dreams of jumping in the truck with Lor and Belle (our Springer Spaniel) and back packing out West this summer. (Just don’t tell my employer).

      Take care, “Phantom”

      I can’t thank you enough for all the support. Feel free to spread the word and I apologize to some of you who may be getting this notice as a repeat.


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