HELL YEAH I'M GOING TO MUFON!
Also, we camped in (usually) 1 of 2 places.
1) Gus's Flats. If you drive through Centennial and take a left at the top if the hill (mountain, for all the east coast americans) right across from
the ranger station and follow the road until you can take another left there is a couple camping spots there. It's by a RV sanitation loop.
2) Independence Canyon. Same mountain, but quite a bit further in. The hill right across from that spot looks like a giant pile of sand. Most of the
rocks are brittle and range from pebble-sized to about 2 feet in diameter. The mountain 'glows' under a full moon. Apparently the trace uranium in
the rocks glows under the ultraviolet light and makes it look alot brighter than it is. I have yet to put one of these under a blacklight, but that's
what I've been told.
If I think about it I'll ask my mom where she saw most of the UFO's. Should be one of those 2 areas. BTW, my grandma didn't say anything about the
ball she saw (about 10 feet across... forgot to mention that) until some other lady mentioned something 'wierd' that she saw. Apparently it's not
all that uncommon to see stuff like that around there. Those mountains are pretty tough, even on 4WD's. There's alot of places that it's damn near
impossible to even hike back in, namely Savage Run Wilderness Area. I never thought about it, but people are scarce around some areas of the mountains
just because of that. I'll have to start investigating, but maybe there's something up there we never knew about. Guess I WON'T be running to the
hills if anything ever happened, lol.
One more note (ok, a couple). My Grandpa moved out here in the late 50's/early 60's to work for the University of Wyoming seeding clouds. I'm not
sure about this totally, though. My parents didn't even tell me they knew I had ADHD until last year. He worked closely with the Gem (Gelm, Jelm?)
Mountain Observatory. I'm willing to bet he has some stories as well. The other thing is that I'm familiar with almost all of the wildlife in that
area and grew up hunting those parts. I have seen, several times and always at night, wierd creatures. The best look I got, which confirmed I wasn't
seeing distorted shadows, was when one ran across the road on my way back down to camp. My dad wasn't paying attention and keeps telling me I
probably saw a bear, but I know that bears are very rare in those areas. You have a much better chance of seeing a bobcat (ever hear a screaming baby
in the woods? That's a bobcat
). Anyways, from what I could tell, this thing was shaped like a bear in the body and head, but it's neck and legs
were a bit longer. I would've just blown it off as an elk to tell you the truth, but the head was more like a dog/bear with a slightly elongated
man, no wonder I had messed up dreams and was scared of the dark when I was a kid! We practically lived in those mountains when I was growing up!