Excellent digging in now.
I've had my own eye-opening up-close and personal OBOL experience. It's what led me to ATS eventually.
I was 14 and on a 5-day camp-out with about 20 other Boy Scouts in the foothills of Lookout Mtn in Alabama 20+ years ago. 4 of the 5 days were spent
in a relatively safe & easygoing pasture of a scout-friendly citizen. We had some badge classes and spent a lot of our leisure time in fierce
competitions of mumblety-peg.
But one night we went to camp in the "mountains," better described as large foothills. After dinner we broke off in pairs and cliques and explored the
various trails leading to the top which I estimate to be around 600 ft and situated among many foothills of similar size.
Two scouts had remained at the top longer than the rest of us and it was rather late in the evening when I and a friend were meandering a trail and
talking near the top when the two scouts up top called down to us in very excited voices to come up that they had just seen a ufo. We scrambled up to
the top and the two scouts indicated an adjacent and taller mount and said they saw a big glowing orange ufo land there.
I was skeptical, but was intrigued by how excited they were, cutting each other off in their zealousness to describe what they saw. We settled in and
continued talking all the while steadily looking at the adjacent mount top.
Maybe 20 minutes passed when there appeared a brilliant double-flash that emanated from and illuminated the top of the peak, a second of darkness, and
then maybe 100 ft over the tree tops "it" pulsed into life. Perspective wise, I would say it was about high-moon size in appearance.
At full pulse it looked like liquid metal or 'plasma' swirling around inside. Then it would dim at about the same speed it lit. It would dim to
nothing. We couldn't see anything and then a good bit higher in the sky it would pulse to light again a few seconds later. Not counting the
double-flash of the apparent lift-off it lit and dimmed 6 times, each time higher in the sky and after the 6th nothing. We watched for a long time,
but that amazing glimpse was over but for the heavy-duty questions it raised in me.
It was a clear night and a clear phenomena of some kind. I was an Air Force brat that never missed a Blue Angels show or an opportunity to witness
various test-flights. I knew it wasn't flares and it doesn't fit with any description of ball lightning that I've come across. Conventional craft was
out of the question because of characteristics and size.
Even at that age, I knew what we saw couldn't be easily explained. Since the internet came along, I've searched for folk who have seen the same thing
and have now found quite a few.
Excellent historical research that includes many Orbs:
Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck's Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained
Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times
edit on 2-4-2017 by The GUT because: (no reason given)