Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 11, 2012

Strange things happen in national parks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:23 pm
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From our “Inside NPS” Morning Report today:

Blue Ridge Parkway 
Two Suffer Hallucinogenic Mushroom Overdoses
On the evening of March 31st, rangers were dispatched to the Craggy Gardens picnic area in response to a 911 call concerning a probable drug overdose. Upon arrival, they found a man and woman parked in a vehicle, both exhibiting an altered mental status. They said that they’d ingested psilocybin mushrooms, with the woman adding that she was dead and had no pulse. Rangers and EMS personnel began an assessment and noted that the woman was suffering from periodic convulsive events. At one point, she jumped from the stretcher, climbed into the rear seat of a patrol car, exited again, dropped to the ground, and experienced another convulsion. She was eventually placed in an ambulance, where she was transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. During the transport, she continually asked if she was alive or dead and if what was happening was real. Rangers remained at the hospital until she returned to a coherent state. Both the man and woman were issued violation notices for using a controlled substance. The driver was released to the custody of his father. The 911 call actually originated from the couple, who were concerned that they were already dead.

"It's too hot in Canyonlands for Bigfoot, and too dry for mushrooms to grow. Once, however, a visitor vehemently insisted that ravens did not exist in North America and that all our ravens
HAD TO BE crows."


An equally entertaining submission from last month described a “guide” who had taken 31 people on a multi-day search for Bigfoot — inside a national park. The expedition fees ($300-500 per person) more than covered his measly $525 fine for guiding without a permit. They did not find a Sasquatch.



  1. The Bigfoot search was right here in Arkansas. I believe it was in the Buffalo River area.

    Comment by Mom — April 11, 2012 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • Yes — and also, I believe, in the Pacific Northwest. The “Bigfoot Field Research Organization” gets around.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 11, 2012 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  2. Ranger Kathryn……Do you believe in Bigfoot?

    Comment by superdave0002 — April 11, 2012 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

    • I love unsolved mysteries. I have a rational brother who encountered a UFO. I know there is much we do not know about fauna in remote places. That’s all I’m prepared to say…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 11, 2012 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

      • I can’t say that I really believe….and Ive never seen a ufo, at least not any lights in the sky that didn’t have a practical explination, But I love the idea that maybe there is some big, undiscovered. hairy folks running around right under our noses. WHen camping late at night way back in the deep woods…..it is easyer for me to imagine the strange sound I just heard was a friendly BIgfoot walking past instead of a hungry Grizzly bear sniffing out the snickers bar .

        Comment by superdave0002 — April 12, 2012 @ 7:14 am

  3. This could be my new business model! With enough mushrooms, everyone’s a bigfoot!

    Comment by midsummerman — April 11, 2012 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

  4. National parks and hallucinogenic mushrooms are both ways to escape the mundane. I can understand combining them to increase the effect, but the crows/ravens thing involves something else. Any first-grader should be able to understand the difference, so insisting that one species is the other suggests that another agenda is present.

    Comment by leroque — April 12, 2012 @ 6:04 am | Reply

  5. Sheesh….do you know how long it took me to make that much money as a church secretary? Maybe I should conduct Bigfoot tours on the SHT. Wait–Sasquatch lives around Brimson in northern Minnesota. How remote can you get? Chris

    Comment by Chris Youngman — April 12, 2012 @ 6:58 am | Reply

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