I didn’t use to think Bigfoot could be real.

This summer, I went on a weeklong backpacking trip in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, which just happens to be where this month’s storyteller says Bigfoot could live.



Photo by Anna Rader


One freezing cold night I woke up needing to go to the bathroom. Of course, I didn’t want to leave the warmth of my sleeping bag. So I just lay there, awake. And then I heard weird screaming—some sort of animal, I assumed—but I couldn’t figure out what. Then I really didn’t want to get out! Of course, eventually I didn’t have a choice, so I put my head lamp on, ran out in the pitch black, did my business, and sprinted back to my tent.

You think you’re alone…and then you hear the Bigfoot episode.

The Wind River Range is isolated, wild, and vast. Mountain trails fade in and out.



Photo by Anna Rader


Towering peaks offer panoramic vistas of lakes and forests.



Photo by Dana Schultz


think it would be easy for something to be living out there, completely undetected. There’s no way someone could say they’ve been absolutely everywhere in the Wind Rivers and that they’re sure nothing out of the ordinary is out there. Now, I’d say it’s entirely possible that the Wind River Range is somewhere Bigfoot could live. Just maybe.



Photo by Anna Rader

Anna Rader

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