Before an expedition in 2009 started officially, a scout who had been camping deep into the site pulled out the morning the expedition was set to begin. Soon after he left the area, a researcher attempted to go down the logging road he had come from and found that a 10 foot log had been pulled out of the packed, wet bog mud of the logging road and thrown across the road forming a log gate.
At first, the researcher who had left the site felt that he had hit the log with his truck and that it was his truck that had pulled it out, but on closer examination, we could find no evidence of any impact on the log. Furthermore, the log was simply too big to have been casually pulled out of a foot deep trench in the muck. We did find a smaller log further down the trail that had been hit by his truck and we (SRA-Jim and I) are convinced that that is the log the truck had hit, not this one.
On closer inspection, we could see large finger marks in the mud from where it was pulled. The fingers were about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. We could see four impressions in the side of the trench and four in the mud on the log, as if a very large person had slid his hand down alongside the log. Unfortunately, my pictures of these didn’t turn out as my camera at the time wasn’t very good at taking close-ups.
We were stunned by this event. Only a small part of the log was visible above ground. The rest was angled down into the ground with the far end being buried almost two feet deep. The strength it would have taken to pull that log out without a winch, chain, or loader would be incredible.