Tuesday, March 12, 2013

sleeping out under the stars in Southern Utah

What I saw throughout the night from where I slept

What I am sharing here might be nothing, but I have made a pledge to post anything odd on this blog, so here goes.

I've just returned to my home after two weeks away. I spent most of that time at a UFO conference near Phoenix and then visiting friends in Sedona and Flagstaff.

When I drive around the west I try to sleep out under the stars and avoid getting a hotel room. This is what I did on Sunday night (the night of March 10th thru the morning of the 11th).

I slept along side Utah Highway 20 just a few miles away from I-15. It is noted as Buckskin Road on google maps. I pulled into the spot around 9:PM and walked around a little bit with a headlamp to stretch my legs. The area had low bushy trees (Junipers I think) and there was a series of beaten down roads and little turn outs. Typical of this part of the west there was some litter and evidence of campfires. Plenty of people had been here before. This was a cold Sunday night so I wasn’t really worried about anyone else pulling in. This was a perfect spot to sleep out. I set my sleeping pad down in the dirt near my little Subaru. I climbed into my sleeping bag and went to sleep.

At some point during the night I woke up. I suspect it was around mid-night. The stars were amazing and I was enjoying looking up at the clear sky. I looked at the ridge-line of rounded peaks to the south and saw what appeared to be a large round structure perched on top of a hill. My impression was that I was looking at a round house with a row of lights situated along the outer circumference of the building. It seemed like a big round fancy home.

Google map image looking South, the arrow shows the approximate location of the structure. 
The gray line is Buckskin Road.

Right in that moment I pondered if this was a landed flying saucer. Really, I literally tried to take in what I was seeing and question the mood of what I felt deep inside myself. It seemed perfectly terrestrial. There was nothing at all other worldly about it. There was no feeling of anything at all being odd. I said to myself, if this was a flying saucer, I would sense something weird. But everything seemed fine. The lights were partially obscured by the trees but they seemed normal. I rolled over and went back to sleep.

I woke up again a little while later.

This time I saw a bright light on the ground near where I was sleeping, it was west of where I was lying on the ground. My impression was that it was just a car parked nearby and I was seeing a light. I sat up and tried to peer thru the low bushy trees. The light was mostly obscured and I moved my head from side to side in the hopes of getting a better view. I couldn’t see much but it seemed like nothing unusual. My impression was that someone pulled in while I was asleep and parked a short distance away. I am assuming that they were doing just what I was doing, sleeping in a pretty spot while doing a long drive.

I looked back up to the round structure on the hillside above me and nothing had changed. It still looked the same and the same neutral feeling.

I went back to sleep and woke sometime later. The light thru the bushes was now off and the circular round structure was pretty much the same. This time I noted a new light that appeared to be on the ground and just a little bit off to the left of the structure (see top image). It appeared to be a kind of yard lamp next to the big round home.

I think it was at this point that I felt pretty well rested and I got up. I tossed everything in the car and started driving again. If I remember correctly it was a little bit before 4:AM. This gets a little confusing because the switchover to daylights savings time would have been the night before and I hadn’t changed the clock in my car yet. So it might have been a little bit before 5:AM. I enjoy driving that early when the traffic is minimal.

I remember nothing at all unusual about that night, I slept well despite waking a few times. I feel like I got close to seven hours of sleep and I awoke feeling well rested.

overview showing the sleep site (multi-pins) and the structure site (green pin)

When I got home I felt the need to look at google maps to see an image of that round structure on the hill top. I feel strongly that I picked out where the round structure should have been. I found the exact location of my sleeping spot, but the weird thing is that I couldn’t find anything on the satellite image that would match the circular building. The structure with the lights was approximately 1.6 miles away from where I slept.

I checked the date of the satellite imagery on the google earth and it read 9/14/2011. Perhaps there has been some sort of a structure built since then and it simply isn’t available on the maps yet. Maybe I’ll see something when the satellite imagery gets updated.

It may not have been a house, it might have been an array of cell towers (or something similar) arranged in a circle. It might have been a round water tank, but it is highly unlikely it would be at that location or lit with lights. The ring of lights around the structure weren’t quite perfectly positioned, they seemed to be spaced a little bit irregular and slight up or down. The seemed to be windows and that's why I say it was a house. The top illustration shows a ring of bright lights, but I sensed windows as well.

Another odd thing is that the area where I saw the low light thru the bushes seems to have been well away from the areas cleared for easy parking. If a car had pulled in while I was asleep it (most likely) would not have driven off into that area.

When I awoke and got up to begin driving I sensed nothing at all unusual. I felt like the sleeping bag was zipped just exactly like I had closed it up earlier in the night. I will also add that there were two coyotes yapping away during the night. They seemed VERY close. I have spent a lot of time sleeping out in the west and I was charmed by their calls.

Again, this is probably nothing. What is odd is that I actually searched out the google satellite image when I got home. I didn’t dwell on any of this during the drive and I wasn’t at all concerned that night. I am writing this and sharing it here simply to document what happened. This post might be an insight into my own paranoia or it might be something more.

The Sleeping Spot (exact)
LAT: 38~ 3’29.27”N
LONG: 112~39’17.71”W

The Round Structure (approx)
LAT: 38~ 2’8.90”N
LONG: 112~39’28.32”W


the pull off from Highway 20 to Buckskin Road

Overview of the location. 
Yellow Pin: where I slept, Red Pin: pull off point, 
Blue Pin: low light during the night (approx), White Pin: the white jeep.


An odd little extra: When I turned off of Highway 20 around 9:PM I pulled into the first good spot to park only to realize that the site already had a car there. It was a white Jeep Cherokee with Wyoming license plates. I could see a little movement inside Jeep and I realized that I had probably spooked the people. I backed up and drove to a spot far enough away not to bother them. Their license plate had the prefix 10, and I that means Fremont County Wyoming. I have a lot of friends in that county and I figure anyone from there who would be parked at that spot at that time of the year would probably be my friend, or at least an acquaintance.

The jeep was still there when I drove out early the next morning.

Text added the same day:
First, this was posted at 12:34 PM. This just screams at me to pay attention!

Second, there is some freaky map weirdness, linked HERE. This is the kind of thing that makes this stuff really hard to deny.

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Text added March 10th 2014:
I am adding to this post, exactly a year after the event along side highway 20 in Utah. I drove past this site in mid-February or 2014 on the way to the annual UFO conference in Arizona. I pulled off I-15 and went to the exact same spot and took some photos. I was confirming what I already knew, that there was no round structure on top of that hill.
the arrow points to the exact location of the round structure
I also retraced my route home, exactly as I had done the year before. I slept in the same spot as when I saw the round structure. I laid my pad down on the the exact same flat spot on the ground.

same image as above, but zoomed in and with
the "round structure" added in using photoshop
click on any image for a HI-Rez view
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22 comments:

Lucretia Heart said...

Hey! That round thing with lights perched on a hill is EXACTLY like a UFO I saw from the cabin where I lived in the Hocking Hills in Ohio! One day in late autumn of 2006 I was sitting at the computer and I noticed what I thought was a round house with lights on -- just like you describe-- at night.

[I looked to see if I wrote about it when it happened, but it was during the time I wasn't writing so many entries (when I was struggling with depression.)]

At the time I saw it, I thought it was odd that I had not noticed something as obvious as a round house up there..! Hours passed as I continued doing my thing, and the lights stayed on, just as before. I went to bed thinking it must have been a vacation home that was rarely used or something (though it would have to have been a BIG house!) and that the leaves off the trees meant I could finally see it on the hill, while during the summer I could not. At night, from the weird angle of the window I could see out of, I wasn't sure of my bearings exactly in relation to the 'round house.'

HOWEVER!! The next day I looked out the window at the exact spot where I had seen the "round house of lights" before-- and there was NOTHING there! No round house! No structures anywhere around. In fact, it was a bare area of hill with no trees. Then I felt really stupid... It was a landed UFO. Just there for HOURS. WTF!?

It took me a while to realize that, minus the red light on top, it was one of the Blonds' ships! Please read the description that I wrote at this link:
http://spirals-end.livejournal.com/22699.html

Note too that later I realized it was the exact same ship that Ethan and his group run around on. Looks like a thick, flat, disk (like a coin) with an antenna-like projection that has a red light that can turn on and off.

If you met with Nordics, then I doubt you'd be feeling traumatized, as they're pretty good about things.

Mike Clelland! said...

After I posted this experience, I sent an email to Utah MUFON. Later in the day I got a phone call from Max Mitchell, the state director. We spoke for a while and he shared that there had been a lot of activity in that area. I also checked UFO Stalker (at Christopher Knowles' urging) and there were a lot of reports, especially around Cedar City. THat would be the largest population site near there, so the "cluster" makes sense.

We spoke about how it simply isn't logical to build a big round house in that location.

Also, he said it reminded him of the famous "round house" located on a hill top in Colorado. << http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sculptured_House >>

I was familiar with the house from Woody Allen's SLEEPER, and I thought the very same thing while lying there in my sleeping bag. I said to myself: This looks just like that round building in SLEEPER.

Red Pill Junkie said...

Just how big do you think it was?

Red Pill Junkie said...

Interesting that Allen's film Sleeper was filmed in 1973 ;)

Mike Clelland! said...

Reply to RPJ:

First, your comment is noted as 11:11AM (but that seems par for the course with you)

Second, if it were 1.6 miles away from where I slept, it must have been freakin' HUGE! So, hard to tell or clearly articulate. My impression was that it would have been a great big luxury home. 50 feet wide at the minimum, probably a lot bigger, but that number doesn't mean much, that would be big for the width of a house.

Red Pill Junkie said...

For a round luxury home, then it would likely be profiled in a design/architecture website --unless the owner is a druglord :P

I'll see if I can find anything

Red Pill Junkie said...

Googling "circular house + Utah" doesn't yield a lot of results:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7156208@N02/3219549065/

http://freshome.com/2009/03/16/modern-monte-silo-house-in-utah/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-and-p/2726716526/

Lucretia Heart said...

The impression of the one I saw in Ohio on a hill was that it was "as big as a school or church"-- so back in the day I looked for any references to any of those things as well.

Just the name "SLEEPER" seems apropos here, eh?

Red Pill Junkie said...

"The Sleeper must awaken" ~Frank Herbert, Dune

Red Pill Junkie said...

Hooooly shit!:

Uranus was discovered on March 13th, 1781.

"Uranus is known in astrology as the "Awakener," since its aspects and transits bring sudden changes and shocks. It rules Aquarius, the quirky innovator, and sometimes these upheavals are a necessary break from restrictions in favor of a more liberated path."

http://astrology.about.com/od/advancedastrology/p/Uranus.htm

Red Pill Junkie said...

Quite interesting, considering today's historical significance ;)

brownie said...

Wow! I read this and your more recent post on this past weekend's event, Mike.

Perhaps if you pass by that area again you can make your way up that ridge to see if a circular home is there (or cell towers).

Thanks for sharing this and being so specific with the maps (well, you always are thorough).

~ Susan

Skip Wiley said...

Just curious if you'd checked out any other satellite map resources to see if any structures/towers are there? For example here is Bing maps' "bird's eye view" of that area (which you can also rotate in 90° increments) http://monosnap.com/image/ILmf1OWfiVt8zO4OnhAtU8u5U.png

Mike Clelland! said...

I've been digging thru multiple map programs. At this point (after the yellow line on the map thing) I feel pretty sure there will be nothing there...

But, at some point I'll be down there again, maybe before summer, and I'll do a visual check.

Mike C!

Anonymous said...

Assuming Mike's picture is an accurate depiction of its size, and after fiddling around with Google Earth for while, my VERY rough estimate is that this "round house" had a diameter of about 50-60 meters
(160-200 feet). That means that if it stood on edge, it would be about 18 storeys high. That's a big house...
A single storey circular house with this diameter would have an area of about 9500 meters square.

Anonymous said...

Diameter-calculating anon here: turns out I made a basic mistake in calculating the area of the "round house; I mixed up my diameters and radii. The actual area is 1/4 of what I wrote, about 2400 square meters (the diameter and "height" stuff still stands, though). That's about 25,500 square feet. which is still big, so big I don't think it's a house: it's got to be a panoramic restaurant :)

Mike Clelland! said...

Reply to Anonymous:

My guess was a 50 foot diameter, not 50 yards. Either way it's big. And, that is just the fuzziest of guesses. I have absolutely no way of trying to guess any kind of size. So anything I say means almost nothing. Lemme just say - It was bigger than a simple two bedroom suburban house by a LOT.

Damien said...

A fifty foot wide object at 1.6 miles would appear to be slightly more than half the diameter of a full moon, or about .3 degrees. Would this still be a good approximation of the size of object you saw on the hill?

Mike Clelland! said...

Damien,

It would require m to go back to that spot and reexamine the view to give a truly accurate answer.

But, slightly more than half the diameter of a full moon seems about right. Maybe just a touch smaller than that.

What I can say is it felt like I could see the shape clearly, and it wasn't a barely discernible image too far for me to see.

I was lying there for a long time, staring at the thing. I Was capable of examining it from a restful position (on my pillow). I woke up three times, and saw it each time.

So, I might have totaled up over a half hour of actual "viewing" time.

Mike C

Mike Clelland! said...

NOTE:

I added a photoshop'd image to this post above (the final image, scroll down).

I am depicting the approximate size of the "round structure" on the saddle along the ridge top.

Mike C

Red Pill Junkie said...

Kind of interesting that this post almost coincided with Pope Francis' election last year.

I know you're not a Catholic, Mike --as I used to be-- but there's no denying the dude has rattled the cage of a very conservative institution, and could very well be considered a positive force of change.

Now getting back to some question I had about this event: Your illustration depict the 'object' as having white lights. Is that an accurate representation, or were the lights more yellowish in hue?

Mike Clelland! said...

Reply to RPJ:

The lights were white. It looked like the "structure" was lit from the inside thru a ring of windows along the outside edge.

One light was of to the side, like a lawn lamp in the yard of a house. Mostly obscured by trees.

That "lawn lamp" was NOT there the first time I looked, but it WAS there the second and third time...