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UFO Reports

California Campers Encounter UFOs

Source: Filer's Files #34; August 22, 2001
Majorstar@aol.com; http://www.filersfiles.com


MAMMOTH LAKES -- I was camping out near Mammoth Mountain when the crickets stopped chirping at 3:45 AM on August 7, 2001. From the West, I noticed a dark disk shaped object slowly moving and stopping as it made its way towards my location.  I was inside my sleeping bag next to my girlfriend who was asleep. The object got within fifty feet and I was frozen in fear and curiosity.  I watched the craft slowly slip by, stopping for a few seconds at a time and continuing.  There was a very slight hum. The craft emitted a dull blue beam from the far edge of the disc as though it was searching for someone.  The craft was now clearly visible as a shiny disc, and came to a complete stop.  I crawled towards it hoping it didn't detect me.  I kept thinking that this craft might have infrared or heat sensors to detect any movement outside, but there was no deviation from its course/task.  At one point, the craft got to about 2 feet from the ground and the humming became louder.  I got back without causing any notice when the craft became enveloped by the surrounding area.  It became invisible, but with a slight atmospheric distortion.  I watched this mirage-like phenomenon float upwards until I could not see it anymore.  Five minutes later, the crickets started again and I stayed up all night.  This has changed my life forever and makes me realize we are not alone. 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- On the evening of August 8, 2001, at 10:15 PM my girl friend and I were looking at the night sky while camping at the North shore of Saddlebag Lake (elevation: 10,000 feet).  The sky was clear, and moonless.  We witnessed and heard a formation of three "military fighter jets," displaying normal navigational lights, and flying at 15,000 feet on a due west heading. Trailing the formation of fighters at the 8 o'clock position was a large "Chevron Shaped Object," backlit by starlight."  We estimated the Chevron to be 100 yards from wingtip-to-wingtip.  The object had three "white colored" lights -- one at the apex, and one at each wingtip."  The object matched the jets air speed and seemed to move south more like a glider than a powered aircraft.  We watched for two minutes.  My girl friend and I are very familiar with the air traffic in the Tioga Pass area and these were flying south and parallel to the commercial air east/west corridor.  Neither one of us have ever seen an "aircraft" this large.  Both of us are trained and experienced professionals (Health Care and Photojournalism).  We are certain of our observations. Thanks to NUFORC.