Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 6th, 2009
As alerted by MSNBC and other outlets, Forbes Traveler reporter Judy McGuire’s new feature on “monster vacations” has been published.
“Where the monsters are: Only the bravest vacationers need apply!” is being carried online, beginning this week.
Believe it or not, I was surprised I was the only cryptozoology representative.
[Loren] Coleman has traveled far and wide looking for mysterious creatures, covering every state in the union and much of the world. His favorite spot so far: Not surprisingly, Loch Ness. “It reminded me of the first time I saw Fenway [Park]. It was so green and so beautiful,” he reminisces. “I got up every morning to go looking for the Loch Ness Monster.”
“They have the haar—the fog that goes across the loch; it was amazing,” Coleman continues. “Like a fairy tale.” Besides the atmosphere, Coleman also found it a relief to be immersed in a like-minded population. “Just to have people not laugh at you for being into monsters. . . .” he half laughs. “It certainly has changed the economy there. It changes the economy of a lot of places where the creatures are found.”
…notes the latest in Forbes Traveler
A companion slide show with Mothman, Sea Monsters, Chupacabras, Nessie and more can be found attached to the piece. I suppose we have to forgive this high-end travel magazine for the common errors committed in the photo captions and creations, such as “Big Foot,” instead of “Bigfoot,” and the images of fake four-toed (?) Yeti footprints, which look like they were made in white flour by someone’s hand and fingers. (Mentioning one photo credit to “Amy Waterman,” instead of “Amber Waterman,” however, is my mistake.)
Some of the captions hit the target more correctly. One photo of a spooky cat highlights the Spalding Inn, where I told the reporter the nearby forest hides the Spalding Sasquatch and other critters (see my article on those creatures in the current issue of TAPS Paramagazine, by the way). The image has this caption:
After Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson profiled the Spalding Inn for an episode of their series, Ghost Hunters, the two were so impressed with the ghostly activity that they decided to purchase the Inn. However, ghosts are not cryptids. Lucky for the brave, the forests surrounding the Inn are a well-documented Sasquatch-sighting area. Ghostly felines such as black panthers and white pumas have also been spotted. And if apparitions, Bigfoot, and demon felines aren’t terrifying enough for you, just down the road a piece, you’ll find the site of America’s first documented alien abduction. Eek!
For more information: The Spalding Inn
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.