Cryptozoology is Auto Europe's favorite pseudoscience. Although criticized by most for relying on anecdotal information and ignoring scientific methods, we support any adventurous trailblazer who is determined to dive into the bush and begin their Bigfoot hunting road trip.
Regardless of where you may be headed on your next vacation, you are undoubtedly entering the realm of the supernatural, with opportunities for both enigmatic and apocryphal encounters with a wide variety of arcane creatures, you merely have to look and be aware of them. As you begin preparing for your upcoming expedition, know that Auto Europe is your ultimate advocate and resource in regards to preparing any travel accommodations for hotels, airfare, or car rentals, and unlike your unsupportive friends and coworkers, we're interested in wherever you may be planning to go.
What do you mean you don't want to spend our anniversary looking for bigfoot?
2014 is shaping up to be a great year for amateur and professional crypto-zoologists alike. In early April, residents and visitors to the Loch Ness area were shocked to find images of large wakes and other submerged structures on their Apple Maps applications, potential evidence of Nessie's presence in the massive Loch. Just a few days later and across the Atlantic, ranchers in Ratcliffe, Texas claimed to have captured a chupacabra, which is currently being tested by authorities at Texas A&M. However, this weekend will provide arguably the greatest cryptozoology experience of the year (other than finding some concrete evidence) at the foot of Mt. Rainer in the humble city of Yakima, Washington.
Bigfoot Baiting in Yakima Valley
This weekend, Bigfoot enthusiasts from across the world will mingle in at the Yakima Valley Museum and share photographs, footprints, and other potential evidence of this mysterious creature at the "Yakima Bigfoot Round-up" convention. This event, which was organized in conjunction with a special exhibit at the museum titled "Sasquatch Revealed" will comprise lectures, debates, film-screenings, and a banquet in honor of inaugural Sasquatch investigators from the 1960's. The event we?re most excited about is the "Sasquatch Meets Science", where scientists and special effects artists will debate the authenticity of the famous 1967 footage of a "real encounter" with Bigfoot in Northern California.
But maybe you're not interested in sitting around listening to elderly believers sharing stories about their encounters with Bigfoot "back in the day" or partaking in the locally-famous discussion over whom exactly was the gentleman wearing the ape suit during the infamous 1967 footage. Instead of relying on a jilted adventurer's testament, you're probably more interested in getting out in the field and exploring first hand, if you fall in this category, pack your bags and book your airfare to Norway, and prepare yourself for the ultimate cryptozoology tour of an entire nation.
Troll Chasing in Norway
Nordic mythology is rooted in the personalities of the various Nordic Gods, such as Odin and Thor, and their relationships and encounters with humans, animals, and various mythological creatures, such as the troll. Trolls are an instrumental component of Nordic folklore and mythology, they served as the antagonists to many Nordic heroes, actively working to deceive and mislead them. As you drive through Norway, you're bound to find monuments and stories intrinsically linked to the troll, such as mysterious caves with blood-stained floors (creepy and gross), massive boulders in Church courtyards supposedly hurled by trolls, and natural phenomena attributed to troll architecture. Unlike the United States or the homes of other mythological creatures, it's widely accepted that trolls are an instrumental part of local history and mythology, and local Norwegians will gladly share with you tales passed from generation to generation about the mischievous nature of trolls and how they were a constant source of fear and paranoia amongst rural farmer ancestors. The troll is a symbol of Nordic history and is viewed as an important historic relic and reminder of what life was like in remote Norway during ages past.
According to popular myth, this apparently is a troll's tongue.
If you're intrigued by the concept of exploring the neglected segments of pseudoscience and cryptozoology but are uninterested in the controversy and anecdotal facts of Bigfoot and/or other cryptid creatures, head to Norway, Scotland, or Northern California, where the spirit of trolls, bigfoot, and the Loch Ness monster are all alive and well. One can easily learn about the historic relevance of these local myths without dappling in the world of obscure conspiracy theories and ridicule that often follows it.