Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) criminal justice instructor Joe Bouchard has successfully accomplished what a popular television show could not. Avolunteer for a trails group in western Upper Peninsula Michigan, Bouchard has found Bigfoot. The discovery occurred through a Baraga County Trails in Motion-sponsored event called, “Snowshoeing with Sasquatch.”
The family event where everyone in the community is invited saw believers, skeptics, and, yes, Bigfoots attend. The event was not just about photo opportunities with the legendary north woodlands icon—it was a way for a core group of a dozen volunteers to bring attention to the 1.5 miles of hiking trails that the group created and maintains for the community, including the L’Anse Indian Reservation. The trails offer a non-motorized, all-season path through the woods with varied terrain and stunning views of Lake Superior.
Snowshoeing with Sasquatch is an annual community event and has proven a great success. “This is the third year of Snowshoeing with Sasquatch and it is quickly becoming a popular mid-winter event,” says Bouchard, who is also a co-creator of the event. “We offer a bonfire, hot chocolate, and photo opportunities with Bigfoot. Businesses from the community donate the refreshments. Of course, there are the beautiful trails to hike.”
There is no admission charge for the event, however organizers suggest a donation of one non-perishable food item to help feed Baraga County’s hungry. The group donates all food to St. Vincent DePaul in L’Anse. “Snow comes and goes, but hunger happens all year,” Bouchard observes.