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Find the Missing Arm at Big Basin

October 05, 2017

As the fall weather sets in and the spooky October vibes slowly creep across Santa Cruz, make sure you mark your calendars for the annual ‘Missing Arm” event at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. On October 21st, as the sun goes down, guided tours will be taking willing participants on a half-mile trail passing through some of the oldest redwoods that stand in Big Basin today.

While walking on the trail you will hear about a man by the name of William Waddell. William was viciously attacked by a mama bear while out hunting for deer, but lived long enough to see a local doctor who quickly amputated his arm and buried it in the woods. Days later when they went back to retrieve the arm, it was gone! To this day the lone arm wanders Big Basin snatching item after item. Start your Halloween season off the right way with this chilling seasonal tour and end the night with hot ranger apples. 

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