By Joann M. Ringelstetter
Last Thursday, Ruth and I left home early in the morning to photograph in Richland County, Wisconsin. On the way there, we stopped at our favorite blackboard to see what the roadside philosopher had to say. We’ve had several blog posts in the past about this wonderful blackboard. Here’s one of the messages we haven’t yet shared: “An apple a day will keep anyone away if thrown hard enough.”
That day, however, the message, which appeared to have been Christmas-related, was so worn off that we couldn’t read it. So there was no point in photographing it and I was disappointed. As I looked away from the blackboard, something caught my eye. It was Bigfoot, walking across the open field. Ruth and I started laughing and, of course, I had to get out and take a few pictures.
And then we immediately posted one to Facebook for our almost 10-year-old nephew, Toby, who is a faithful watcher of the show “Finding Bigfoot.” A couple years ago, we gave him a Bigfoot Research Kit for Christmas. The kit description said that it contained items that would “easily double (maybe triple!) your chances of finding Bigfoot.” The kit contained stickers, a membership card, evidence flags, a field journal, a magnifier, and scat bags. And when Toby had a choice between going with his parents up to Eagle River or going with his grandparents to the Pacific Northwest, he chose to go with his grandparents because he had hopes of searching for Bigfoot there.
As we travel the backroads in search of a good photograph, we always appreciate any roadside humor that we find. In this case, our disappointment with the faded blackboard message turned into the reward of finding Bigfoot.