Friday, December 31, 2010

E-mail Round-up: 2010

We finally got permission to publish the final eight missing email letters from the year 2010:

Dear Rural Mysteries:

I want to tell my knowings but I report to know one, no one I said if they on one of them facemebooks. I gotta ton o stories and I'll just deal more intimately with the publisher if they gotta a myspacebubba, extra iffit got free pron. Until then I will NOT tell the whereabouts of this family of rainbow striped bigfeet that live near me. I even get to suck their toes. Actually I think that's how I got to get to know them so well.

I've said too much, and I've got to get over to Justin Beaver's Facemybookpuss and leave some interestin' pics of myself nudee style I hope he likes.


Dear Truth-sniffer,

Please don't be more than slightly miffed by our apparent "selling out" to the Failbook mythology.

A splinter group of semi-anonymous adventure hackers created the Fudgebook page in support of our shadow black-ops/psy-ops division. This alt-site will be used for experiments in subterfuge, misdirection, and double-reverse psycho-biology. All the truly smelly truthiness will continue to be available at


Rural Mysteries

Dear Rural Mysteries,

I was conceived on a moonlit night under a large Ponderosa Pine in 1961 within sniffing distance of the "vore" mine vortex. You all seem to think this is a big joke but I can assure you that the so-called "polygon" is real and not limited to the shape you ascribe to it. I dare you to spend the night alone in the bottom of Codfish canyon. Double dare you! I suppose I need to be a member of your society to set you-all straight as to the seriosity of all this stuff. Just ask the Russian cucumber farmer on Boole Road... (what is a "Boole"? look it up!).... ask them if you can....but you can't... hahahahahahah. I'm making this sound like a joke but I'm not kidding at all.

Hey, Rural Mysteries, so glad I stumbled upon all y'all! Fascinating stuff.


Robert P. Johnson
a.k.a. Rattlesnake Cutthroat Johnson
author of "Thirteen Moons: A Year in the Wilderness"

Dear Rural Mysteries,

No phenomenon to report, but last night my husband and I watched a large mountain lion casually walk up our road (off Dawn Ridge North / Colfax) and sit, then lay down for another 15 minutes. There are lots of fawns being born, so I would assume that is what is bringing the cougar here. Any other sightings from anyone out there?

Dear Rural Mysteries,

I am part of a paranormal team in Clovis and we have investigated in Oakhurst, Raymond and Coarsegold. Have you any suggestions for a investigations in North fork?

Thank You

Dear Rural Mysteries

I am Gene Markley's cousin and he was surprised and amused to know that he was an inspiration...

Lisa Brake

Dear Rural Mysteries,

Hi, I am fascinated by some of the things I have read on line about you and your mysterious finds. Do you have anything published that i could purchase?? I would love to accompany you some day.. Do you offer paid expeditions?? I am not extremely wealthy,but I am well off enough to be an investigator full time. Yes I know a "bandwagon ghost hunter" you must hear from a lot of them. But i would be willing to do leg work,grunt work,whatever. I feel my intuition and intelligence would be an asset,not to mention good looks,master manipulation and above all, I am humble..HA!

But seriously,Books to buy??And also are you familiar with the"green children" found in the UK years ago???

thanks for taking the time to respond

Dear Rural Mysteries staff:

This is the first time I have heard of this group. I did not know it existed.

I have been independently investigating Snakehead Point for over a decade, based on the discoveries of Harold Freeman. Harold Freeman, I believe, was the fellow who discovered the Snakehead Point pyramid, back in the mid-late 1950's.

While teaching the first class in the country on the UFO phenomena at Williams College in the Berkeley Hills - - a small private college that closed circa 1964 - - he received "transmissions" indicating that there was some power point up at Snakehead Point in the North Fork canyon. Over the next few decades, Freeman led about half a dozen trips down into the gorge, with an entourage of psychics. They would camp on the old abandoned stone platform on the north side of the North Fork, facing the exposed rock face. And some of his psychics would astral project at night and enter the inner parts of the pyramid.

According to Freeman, the pyramid is actually several million years old. It was built by extraterrestrials when this Earth literally was a "planet of the apes." The pyramid is partially buried by andesite lava flows that flowed down the canyon between one and two million years ago. The pyramid is actually used even today as an energy beacon directing UFO's either entering or leaving our Earth's gravitational pull. The pyramid has a series of ritual and initiatory chambers inside it, according to Freeman.

Mr. Freeman, who passed away in the mid 1990's - - I was one of the last people to visit him in the hospital in Morgan Hill - - had a lot of high level connections - - including people in Hollywood. I think the story of Snakehead Point is the basis of a made for TV movie that appeared in the nineties (or late eighties?) based on the exact scenario described above. Probably Freeman's followers were responsible for drafting the script.

Mr. Freeman also told me that some of the ancient orbs found in mine tunnels underneath the pyramid are in private hands - - with people who reside in Volcano. There are actually two Mother Lode hamlets called "Volcano," so I don't know which one it would be. I went up to Forest Hill several years ago, in an attempt to discover if locals were aware of the local mystery spot. No one I talked to - - even members of the Forest Hill Historical Society - - had heard of it. And posters I placed on bulletin boards in the town did not elicit any answers.

I have been down to the bottom of the canyon twice, and once made the ascent to the top of Snakehead Point. Did not get dizzy, however. Camped down there for several nights, and experienced certain phenomena and visions, during meditation and prayer. So I have been framing a possible story for publication about Snakehead Point for several years now.

So during the decade I knew Mr. Freeman, he was too weak to make the difficult, rugged descent into Green Valley. We did make it by car to another important California power point - - and a favorite of his - - the Painted Rock of California. It was his only visit to the site, although he had been talking about it to his disciples for years.

I am very glad I have found this site.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Trophy Cam Critter Update

Our Meadow Vista night-vision robotic motion sensor camera has been pretty busy lately. These pictures were automatically taken in September and October 2010. There are definitely advantages (and disadvantages) to knowing what the local fauna are doing late at night and early in the morning when you're not looking.

Some of the forest creatures are pretending to be super cute!!

Kissing Deer

Cute Fawn Baby

But some night creatures are not quite-so-cute (or they forget that they're on camera):

Deer Licking

Deer Scratching

Coyote Squatting

See our full gallery of trophy-cam photos at our popular Rural Mysteries Flickr Page.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inovative Deer Wrangling Techniques

This really happened, and it happened by accident. Really.

Here's the series of events, as best as we can piece them together, that led to what you're seeing in these mysterious pictures:
  1. A semi-anonymous Meadow Vista resident disconnected one end of a dog-run and coiled the cable next to a tree in a flower garden in his side yard.
  2. A few years later, a hungry and distracted buck decided to eat some plants from the flower bed.
  3. When the full and satisfied deer started to leave for another neighbors garden, he notices a tugging on his antlers.
  4. Soon, the human heard the struggling and noticed that one end of his dog-run was still attached to the tree, but the other end of the cable was tangled in the rack of a humongous buck's antlers!
  5. The human called his neighbor and said, "I think we're going to need a bigger boat... load of courage and ingenuity to untangle this buck."
Stay tuned for part six of this story...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Words of wisdom, words of WARNING!!!

The North Fork Polygon is dangerous and frightening enough without having to worry about maintenance workers putting little tiny rocks on the road when you're not looking. Just in time, here's some wise words of wisdom and WARNING from a commenter on a recent local story about a grumpy Auburn resident grumbling about gravel used to repair the County road that runs past his house:

"Notice to the People Residing in Placer County: Roads get repaired and maintained. Overhead and underground utilities get repaired and maintained. Fire, medical and police emergencies happen and emergency vehicles drive by. In the summer school buses full of screaming kids drive by with the windows down. Trains use train tracks, blow horns and make the crossing bell ding. All of these things make noise and may delay your activities. Cows, horses, sheep, dogs, chickens and birds make noises. Deer will eat your garden and ruin your car if you don't yield. Bears and raccoons will get in your trash and homes. Frequently the wind blows trees down damaging houses and blocking roads. Sometimes the power goes out for extended periods. Creeks and streams flood. It rains and you could get wet. When it snows it is cold.I am certain a few inconveniences have been missed in the above list but, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!" - Ghillieman

Monday, September 13, 2010

Snakes on a Higher Plane of Existence

Our local Auburn Journal newspaper continues it's obsession with imaginary and exaggerated snake-like objects.

First, the Auburn Journal printed their original tale, stating incredulously that this "8-foot long reptile" ... "could eat a child"...

Then, the big-city Sacramento Bee published a toned-down "fat and happy five-foot-long rattlesnake" version of the same story:

Then the El Dorado Irrigation District submitted a press release straight from the horses (or reptile's) mouth (or fangs) with the actual length and ultimate fate of the serpent:

For context, here's the Auburn Journal's July 2010 story about imaginary anacondas in Meadow Vista:

And finally, here's our instructions on how to capture and relocate a rattlesnake, Rural-Mysteries-Style:

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Legend of the Scarlet Sasquatch

Beginning in late 2008, we received several emails that almost spooked us out of the mystery biz. The emails suggested that there is a tribe of red-haired giants hiding in the hills between the foothill towns of Foresthill and Iowa Hill in an area of pyramid shaped hills. The semi-anonymous e-mailer eventually attached this artist rendering of the creature. Here's the full text of our actual email exchange in chronological order:

"First I need to know if you are a resident of Placer County? I have data that will blow your noodle but I can't trust just anyone with it. I need a trustworthy contact and must have involvement in subsequent investigation. I think I know where the dwelling of some red haired giants are but will not disclose to just anyone. If you are serious or know someone who is, contact me."

Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is HUGE news! With trembling Placer County digits, we typed this tentative, measured reply:

"Dear Fellow Truth-sniffer:

First, "Placer County" is an artificial political construct to which we owe no allegiance. However, we can tell you that water from the North Fork of the American River (and a little from the Bear River) flows in our veins.

Second, we've heard dark rumors of a creature known as "The Scarlet Sasquatch" that is sometimes speculated to exist in the Sierra Nevada, especially in the Reno area. This may or may not be related to the tribe of Red-haired Giants that you are investigating. It sounds like you may have third-hand knowledge of these crypto-humanoids. Has your source heard of anyone who might be aware of any useful form of anecdotal evidence? If so, we are seriously curious with just a hint of token skepticism.

Sincerely, Rural Mysteries of the North Fork Polygon "
We eventually received four additional emails containing high-res aerial photos that not only showed the areas where the Scarlet Sasquatch might have been sighted, but also the approximate locations of several partially buried ancient pyramid structures. Needless to say, our "noodle was blown". Here's our response after several weeks of deep breathing:

"Thanks for the 9 random possible remote wilderness locations of the "Polygon Redsquatch". We plan to start our standard spiral/grid-line search pattern in the Foresthill-Lake Tahoe area soon after the first snowfall, when the giant footprints and strands of red fur will be most visible. It would also be helpful if you could send us a channeled artist rendition of these creatures. BTW - We've also heard of these creatures being sighted in Europe, especially Germany.

Thanks for the clues! Sincerely, Rural Mysteries of the North Fork Polygon"

A few weeks later, before we had a chance to begin our search, we received this response:

"Surely you jest. I was quite serious with the email I sent you. Take a good gander at the Google images I mailed you. Particularly the image named polygon4. It appears to be a pentagon shaped hill with an indentation at the center (possibly an alter or temple) . Flanking the pentagon to the east is a triangular pattern. Those are no natural topographical features. This my friend, appears to be a buried mound of some sort. I find this image to be of extreme interest. Judging by the vegetation and history of the local, I'm forced to conclude that this image is showing us a long lost (until BLM logged it) structure. The structures that I so kindly pointed out to you are massive in size. So large in fact that I do not think that the native peoples of California built them. The erosion on said sites indicate that the strata is a few thousand years old. These supposed structures are ancient and massive and I suspect they are remnants of a lost culture. If you are familiar with the tales of the Annunaki, then it takes no stretch of the imagination to see what I think I'm seeing.

Keep in mind that I will not disclose all I know about the area because this is an unsecured line. I'd love to brainstorm with you on all of what I know about the area yet I'm in Germany and "they" are listening. You sir, have assumed that I'm pulling your leg, when in fact I'm dead serious. Open the images in Photoshop, run a few filters on them, look at the features I highlighted for you! Open Google earth and see these lost structures! They are there and if you were to actually look instead of laugh at my coded correspondence, you too will see what I'm talking about. You have spent all that time building your cool site, investigating neat things but when a major clue is dropped into your box, you seem nonchalant and dismissive. Re-read my mails and ACTUALLY LOOK AT the images I have sent, then look it up yourself. You are probably sitting on top of one the greatest archeological finds since the lost city of Troy... probably a greater find that Troy!

If you ever got e-mails to your site that counted... these are it."

For obvious reasons we can't share the aerial photos, or the exact location of the structures, or the creature's habitat, or the e-mailers real name. But we have spent the last year and a half training in an effort to become more chalant and more un-dismissive. We're now ready to receive a steady stream of additional information, theories, and anecdotes regarding the Legend of the Scarlet Sasquatch.

Hold on to your Noodles!