He spends his days walking, searching for the unknown along the Great River Trail.
Ed Welch put his foot in the door of Crypto Zoology when he retired. In other words, he’s a researcher, on Bigfoot.
His passion stems from a Bigfoot sighting he had in northern Minnesota.
I saw Bigfoot within a three to four second period of time,” Welch says. “I remember it was albino or grayish-white in color, because the sun was reflecting off it. And I remember seeing the muscles rippling in the upper back as I was moving. I panicked.”
He’s originally from La Crosse, and he says a few reports of Bigfoot sightings in Holmen and La Crosse pushed him to investigate.
Now he walks and walks, hoping to see a creature known to most only as a legend.
“You could be walking, and there could be one right by this tree over here. You wouldn’t even notice,” Welch says. “You’re not paying attention.”
Ed says the creature stays well off the trail, so he’ll walk miles into the woods to find it.
Every now and then, Ed breaks stride to do what he calls ‘wood knocking.’
“This creature will do something that’s called tree knocking. I don’t know if it’s a communication between them or a warning towards us,” Welch says. “When you’re out there and you hear this, it’s very awesome to hear.”
And even if his feet tire, he keeps walking, because a quest for truth can only be taken one step at a time.
“I thought of it more as a legend or Native American lore. Other countries document it the same way,” Welch says. “After actually seeing this creature for myself, I know for sure this isn’t a legend or a myth. It’s a reality.”