This Maine campout includes a midnight Bigfoot hike and UFO conjuring meditation
July 4 – PORTLAND, Maine – Strange stories about the unexpected come as standard when sitting by a crackling campfire or camping in the woods. Erie lights in the night sky or eerie noises emanating from the pine trees make for great storytelling as the flames dance and flicker.
It’s fun to be scared, especially when you want to believe.
With this in mind, a pair of Maine’s like-minded people are inviting them to join a weekend camping trip this fall dedicated to researching persistent questions surrounding the paranormal. Activities include a midnight Sasquatch hunt, question-and-answer sessions with experts, and guided meditations that focus on conjuring UFOs.
Space for the retreat is limited and registration has just opened.
“I think we can seat about 30 people,” said event co-organizer Toby McAllister. “The real goal is to bring a group of like-minded people together. We want people to be able to talk about these things without feeling weird. “
The Campout Unexplained Maine emerged from a Facebook group of the same name that McAllister had founded.
It will take place September 10-12 at the Acadia East Campground in Gouldsboro. The campsite offers semi-secluded tent sites. There is no running water and campers have to carry their equipment from the parking lot into the forest.
“It seemed like the perfect place,” said McAllister.
Acadia East is owned by Tom Tash, the other organizer of the event. Tash opened it near the Schoodic Peninsula in 2018 and calls it the “quieter side of Acadia”.
He and McAllister are old friends.
After an online community developed around the Unexplained Maine Facebook page, the two decided to work together on a real, face-to-face event.
Details and pricing are yet to come together, but Tash expects shuttle buses to take campers for the midnight hike through nearby Donnell Pond Preserve in search of Bigfoot. He also plans to take people to the Schoodic Peninsula for expansive views of the night sky.
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“There’s next to no light pollution up there,” said McAllister.
There will be an expert on hand to guide people in UFO meditation as they contemplate the infinite expanse of the universe.
“They say you can summon alien spaceships,” McAllister said.
During the day, shuttles also take campers to more traditional tourist attractions such as breweries and natural wonders. All weekend meals are included.
Tash and McAllister point out that most of all, the weekend should be fun and relaxed, a safe place to share stories and information. On Friday night, Maine filmmaker Nate Brislin will screen the documentary Eyes from the Pines: The Pine Ape Project, who explores local Bigfoot lore.
Tash also has its own story to tell.
He had an inexplicable experience in 2013. It happened just outside Bangor, on Stillwater Avenue in Veazie.
“It was 3am and totally dark,” said Tash, “when I saw red spinning lights right over the trees as wide as the road.”
To this day, he has no idea what they were, but his memory of the event remains vivid.
“It was bizarre,” said Tash, “and I’ve only told four or five people about it.”
McAllister said he has never had a paranormal experience.
“I really wish I had,” he said. “I’m just waiting for my turn.”
Instead of a personal event, McAllister attributes his interest in the subject to the television series “The X-Files”.
“I used to beg my father to let me stay up on Friday night and look at it and then I was too scared to fall asleep,” he said.
McAllister believes there is a growing willingness to speak openly about such things, fueled in part by recent reports detailing the federal government’s study of unexplained aerial phenomena – which includes sightings of U.S. Navy pilots.
“People are finding out that they may not be as crazy as you want them to believe,” he said.
To sign up and learn more about the Unexplained Maine Weekend, visit acadiaeastcampground.com.