Topic started on 4-5-2012 @ 05:48 PM by tpsreporter
I had a strange encounter a few years back. To this day i have no idea what to make of it. That is to say, i don't know if it was a ghost, an alien,
a demon ect. I Have ruled out non paranormal options for myself and i will address my reasons and justifications.
I was camping at a place called "Lake Pillsbury" in the Mendocino National Forest in California. At the time of the occurrence, there were only 5 of
us at the campsite. Myself, my girlfriend, a single friend, and another friend with his wife.
The husband-friend went to bed early. He and his wife were sleeping in the back of his pickup truck for this trip so he climbed in back and went to
bed. Me and the other male friend decided to watch a movie on a laptop. Meanwhile the girls sat by the campfire. Sometime during the middle of the
movie the girls started screaming. I turned and they were literally falling over themselves running away from the fire towards me and my other
Being this far out, we are always armed. At the time i was the only one carrying a firearm. But everyone had knives. We asked what was happening. The
girls said that while they were sitting there at the campfire, they heard/felt something coming through the bushes towards them. They said it sounded
big by the amount of brush being disturbed. Me and my buddy looked around with our flashlights, walked all over the area behind the bush in question
ect. And found nothing. There are elk who live in this area but they stay far away from people. They run when you come withing 200 yards of them.
Also, whatever it was was coming right at a campfire. I Thought it might be some redneck creep messing with us, so i armed myself with my rifle and
had the others arm themselves as well. Me and the friend eventually went back to the movie, the girls stayed much closer to us for the duration.
Around 230am the fire was going out we decided to call it a night. This was about an hour after the first incident. The wife went to the back of the
truck (which has a camper shell) and closed herself in. The other friend went to his tent and my girlfriend and I went to my tent. I put my rifle away
but i did go to bed with my pistol beside me. My girlfriend fell asleep pretty quickly and i could hear my friend snoring away in his tent. I lay
there for about 10 minutes trying to fall asleep. But then i heard noises.
Anyone who has payed close attention would know what foot steps on dirt/rocks sound like. Thats what i heard. A distinctive bi-pedal walking on the
ground, literally no more than 5 feet from my tent. It was creeping very slowly from outside my campsite into it. My first thought was it might be
some creepy forest person, or another camper (nearest occupied campsite was about 600 yards away) and they were coming to steal something. I quietly
nudged my girlfriend and whispered "do you hear this?" to her. She opened her eyes and quietly listened. She whispered back "yes, what is it?". We
lay there silently for about 10 seconds as it walked around from the side of my tent and into the campsite, it was still only 5 -10 feet away and at
this point was directly outside my tents entrance.
I leaned over to grab my pistol and in doing so slightly brushed the fabric of the tent. The noise of brushing against the vinyl fabric is pretty
distinct. The walking noise immediately stopped. I had my gun in my hands and the noise was gone. I figured it must have stopped walking. We made
absolutely no noise, and we listened intently, but could hear nothing. After a minute of laying there, mentally preparing for whatever this was, my
girlfriend said she had to pee really bad. I thought to myself "perfect timing" and took a breath and prepared to confront whatever this noise was.
In a quick motion i sat up, unzipped the tent, and had my flashlight and gun pointing towards where i last heard the noise. But there was nothing
there. I could see clear across the campsite. I jumped out and started searching around. Remember the fire was basically out (just glowing embers) so
the only light was from my flashlight. I looked everywhere, but there was nothing. No tracks, no foot prints, no noises running away. Nothing.
My girlfriend took care of her business right next to the tent as there was no way she was going to go walking into the darkness with something out
there. As we were standing there listening and watching for any sign of what made the noise we started hearing rapid gun fire in the distance. Now
mind you, this is a forest with permitted hunting, but it was basically 3am. Who hunts at 3am?? It was rapid gunfire and at least 15-20 shots were
fired. Even if someone was hunting, why would they shoot so carelessly? If you missed your first few shots your game has escaped. Midway through the
gun fire we heard the most god awful screaming. It wasn't human, it almost sounded like a squeal, maybe a pig being tortured. It was unnerving to say
the least. By my guess this gun/screaming was coming from at least a mile away, maybe 2 miles. It was not close at all. We eventually decided we'd
feel better back in the tent. It took a while to fall asleep but i did eventually.
The next morning i told my friends what happened. The people in the truck heard nothing but the other friend in his tent said he did hear something
walking around his tent at some point through the night, but all he did was grab his knife and fall back asleep.
So, what was it??
Was it a person? : i say no, because i'm pretty sure we would have heard them walking/running away from the campsite had they become aware i was
awake. If they were experts at sneaking and making no noise, they would have been silent going into the camp.
Was it an animal? : i say no, because whatever it was, it was bi-pedal. They were not hoofs, they were feet. Hard to know if they had shoes on or not,
but it was a distinctive heel to toe crunching noise on the dirt. Again animals dont care about making noise if they are running away, and i would
have heard it making noise as it fled if i startled it.
Was it all in my head? : 2 of them heard the first incident with the bushes. And 3 of us heard the second incident with something walking around the
tents. Shared delusions, im not buying it.
So what does that leave? Alien? Ghost? Some other entity?
Ghost kind of makes sense. Not far from this lake is a place known as "Bloody Rock". During the colonization of California, a town called
"Hullville" and "Potter Valley" sprung up in this region. The Indians who lived there, feeling threatened by their expanse began planning war and
were thus met with attacks by the Colonists. They eventually decided to all commit suicide by jumping from a cliff onto the rocks below. Several
hundred of them. If that doesn't spawn ghosts, i don't know what will. The lake sits over the valley that Hullville once occupied. When they built
the Eel river damn, the town flooded and was lost under the lake. Its people all moved to Clear Lake, and made their best attempt to relocate the
graves of those buried there, but there are still some under the water. In fact there is a beach called "Graveyard Point" where you can see the
tombstones when the water level is low enough.
Alien, well that scares the hell out of me. Why was it stalking us? Did it ever leave? Did it simply cloak or something and watch us looking
Eitherway. The incident has always left me wondering. It was nerve racking and im curious what others think. Thanks for reading!