This story isn't actually my own personal experience but is a story that I'm posting on behalf of my dad (he's not internet savvy but wanted to share this when I told him about the site).
It was a few years ago, he and my uncle were driving up to a place called Lake Merrill in the mountains across the bridge and they were having a great time; the weather was nice and everything was cool. But when they rounded this bend that leads up into some very twisty, tangly overgrown backroads they saw a large humanoid-type beast run across the road and into the brush. My dad jerks the car to a stop and gets out to see what it was (he's a pretty fearless hillbilly), thinking it was maybe a grizzly or something of that nature. My uncle is frozen with fear in the passenger side and refuses to leave and calls my dad back; however my dad keeps going.
He reports that the air just reeked-we're backwoods people and we're pretty avid outdoorsman so we know the local flora, fauna, extensive tracking skills, etcetera and he said it was unlike any smell he'd ever smelled before. It was just rancid, sort of like dead fish and musty, wet dog? Is the best way to put it. He gets to the brush and there are no tracks, not rustled leaves, no trace of anything that big going through the way.
Well, Dad's pretty stumped about now, and heads back to car, shaken at this point and unnerved.
They both give the same description of the thing: tall a definite 6 foot minimum, with shaggy, overgrown hair covering its body and it was bipedal and FAST. On separate, one on one occasions with me, they've both disclosed that this thing was no bear (grizzlies typically roam 10 miles more west of this location) and that they believe it to be the infamous Sasquatch of the Pacific Northwest.
I know it sounds lame and pretty usual, and I don't know of its classified as paranormal but I wanted to share their story and get some feedback?
Clickitat and basically every other Northwest native tribe describes this same creature in their folklore and most believe it to be a forest spirit, for the lack of evidence that our environment could support such a population that's been reported. I firmly believe this, and my brother-a park biologist here, agrees also.
What does everyone else think? My dad hopes for some peoples' agreement that he's not a "paranoid old fool that's full of Bologna", as he puts it.