The last year of American history has been less than ideal, to put it lightly. Not only were we under the smothering fog of a pandemic that threatened us both physically and fiscally, but we were completely blindsided by the attempted insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, followed by the still-ongoing military occupation of Washington DC.
This is why it felt understandable that this year’s April Fool’s Day holiday would come and go with only a few, lighthearted attempts at humor. In all honesty, the nation wasn’t ready to be that jazzed about humor-for-the-sake-of-humor.
So there were few entrants into the day’s festivities, but it appears that the National Park Service may have won the hole thing.
In honor of April Fool’s Day, a number of national parks turned to the paranormal in an attempt to pull a fast one on their social media followers. Perhaps the most impressive joke this year came by way of Zion National Park which shared a photo (seen above) that, upon first glance, appears to show a Sasquatch visiting the site’s picturesque Watchman Trail. “Though typically known to inhabit North America’s Pacific Northwest region, Bigfoot, like many visitors, has chosen Zion as her destination for recreation,” the park wrote on Facebook before, as is custom, revealing that the photo was a hoax.
Zion National Park was not the only location to enlist Bigfoot in Thursday’s tomfoolery as Whiskeytown National Recreation Area posted a typically hard-to-decipher image which they claimed was a “close-up photo of Bigfoot” purportedly “captured by one of our former employee’s wildlife cameras recently.” Showing some serious commitment to the bit, they went on to say that “scientists are struggling to come up with an answer for how this unique species has moved into the park from locations west” and detailed a number of theories for the odd turn of events until ultimately unleashing the all-too-familiar April Fool’s punchline.
To top it off, there was also this hilarious tweet from the Bureau of Land Management team out of Utah:
Visitors have reported paranormal activity and supernatural disturbances on Utah BLM public lands. Officials are working with the FBI’s paranormal unit, the #XFiles and Special Agent #DaleCooper out of #TwinPeaks, Washington. #AprilFools #IWantToBelieve #TheOwlsAreNotWhatTheySeem pic.twitter.com/x579JYM1cO
— Bureau of Land Management Utah (@BLMUtah) April 1, 2021