And a fine weekend it was. As mentioned in an earlier post, two members of the BFE staff, their spouses and another couple had planned to get away to the mountains over the Labor Day weekend. The original plan was to take advantage of an offer to use a caboose and get dropped off many miles up the side of Cheat Mountain along the Greenbrier. One of the crew had done some environmental consulting for the business and was willing to take this month’s retainer fee in trade. What happened was the company had the chance to rent the caboose to some paying customers, and as it turned out there would be three of their cabooses within a mile of each other. And so we did a passadena and went to the alternative plan. We hopped a ride on one of their other trains and went deeper and higher on to the mountain where we jumped off for a two night backpacking trip. Once dropped off we followed an abandoned rail line higher and deeper into the mountain, there are a few there from the heydays of the timbering industry, and spent the night. The second night we retreated back to a stop where they have a shelter, fire ring and a bear proof cache. We caught the train back down the mountain on Monday. It was a very enjoyable trip. No cells, no net, physical, quiet, nearly wilderness. It was a time to relax, reflect, cuss and discuss. While we did have something visit camp the first night, while we found some impressive tree damage and we heard a few odd things, no bigfoot folks. We did have a visual of a bear, he/she fled, and we did find two sets of bear tracks. We did find a honey hole for some trout, catch and release.
Before dropping off the technology net we did tell our network of stringers, and one of them volunteered to listen to Kull’s show if there was some earth shattering news. They knew we would not be able to communicate until late Monday afternoon, we really were not concerned as he would play his cards as he saw fit and then we would follow one of a few ideas we had developed earlier in the week. I did listen to the show today during the commute to and from work.
FYI, Keating has used the date and time of his sighting since he wrote one of his mini books within the same year so it is not a matter of him “forgetting” something. And Henry, if you don’t care, then why take part?
But overall, we received a kinder review than expected. Kulls was caught in a circular problem. If he got it right, then a denial could be issued. Short of an admission, he did not have all the elements of an investigation; motive, method and opportunity, fully covered. If he got it wrong, then that would have been embarassing. We did hear the clue, we understand the clue, we choose not to comment upon the clue. After all, this mysterious beast is all about mystery. Will the treasure hunt continue? Perhaps.
In the meantime we continue to have discussions related to goals, mission and objectives. Our original idea was to call BS when we see it and point out some of the insanity and misbehaviors, it seems a few hundred folks a day find us interesting.