It was a nice day for a hike, cool but not to cold. Sunny and bright even in the forest. Beall Woods State Park & Nature Preserve in Illinois was our first stop.
I have been wanting to come back for a hike, the trails were soft but firm, they had time to thaw a bit. One reason I enjoy crossing the river to check this place out on a regular basis is because there have been two Class A reports in this area of Wabash County within the past few years. I have had good responses from time to time on the other side of the river.
We checked out the boat launch area as we entered the park, they have a nice little lake on the property. A very interesting sight that we noticed was all of the rocks that had been thrown a great distance out onto the lake at the end of the pier. This would have taken a very strong arm considering the rocks were several hundred feet from the shore.
We decided to hike the Tulip Tree Trail, a short, fairly steady trail. I have done this one a few times before and the trail gets soupy in places. It also has a nice bench overlooking the ravine and creek. You will cross two bridges on this trail, it is very pretty scenery.
Before we reached the bench overlook area I spied a possible print. It was older and the leaves where covering the trail for the most part. A deer print was along the top portion of the impression, I did not cast it because of it's shallowness.
I did not use another size reference because I did not even know if the camera would pick up the impression. Now I wish I would have taken more time on this possible print. I found no other print in front or behind this one. It was next to a game trial heading down into the ravine.
I wonder if this was the ravine that the sighting took place last year. It could have been farther on down the trail, the ravine runs along beside it for awhile.
We decided to head on down river and cross back over to the Indiana side. New Harmony State Park was where we would watch the sun go down.
Here I have added some possible prints from New Harmony Park we found in the past.
One particular time in March a couple of years ago we had just came out of the forest trail. I had pulled off my pack and where loading our things into the back of our van.
Two very loud wood knocks came from the ridge we had just left as if to say "I saw you".
The sun was going down and it had been sleeting on us almost the whole hike back to the parking lot. We just looked at each other and smiled great big smiles, our eyes wide with excitement. We hung around a little while longer with thermos in hand sharing some coffee. Nothing else was heard that winter at that location.
I hope you have enjoyed my little Squatching adventure. I am still collecting strange encounter stories. Most are from this area but others are from far off places.
This is a mysterious science, but it is not a mystery to God for sure.
I will be treading on the trails with my ears alert and my eyes on the dirt looking for more interesting prints to share with you.
Until next month be safe and God bless!
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