I'd like to share some of the experiences I've had while visiting an amazing place.
A profound appreciation for nature has been instilled in me thanks to the experiences I've had there. I feel no need to find out how or why these
things happen, I just accept and appreciate them.
It would take many pages to attempt to relate all the strange goings-on there,
so I will share what I consider some of the most noteworthy. These include:
1. Anomalies in the physical terrain
2. Strange animal behavior
3. Encounters with what I believe to be some sort of nature spirits
Some relatives of mine own a huge farm which has been in their family for a long time. It is located near a river in the Great Plains region of the
U.S. Their farm is separated from a neighboring farm by a fairly large piece of land.
Because there are six ponds on that piece of land, we call it 'The Ponds'.
Not very imaginative, I know! We kept it simple.
The property was owned by the neighboring farmer till recently, when my relatives bought the land. The previous owner let us hike on the property
anytime. It comprises 88 acres. (per the deed) Though it's practically surrounded by farmland, The Ponds area itself isn't suitable at all for
farming. It's 88 acres of giant rocks, the ponds, thick vegetation and a beautiful forest.
People realize on their first visit that it's a 'different' place. The terrain is amazing, with steep cliffs, caves and an abundance of interesting
nooks and crannies in the rocks. There are several springs trickling down out of the hills. One of them turns into a fast flowing brook with little
pools and waterfalls.
I have a couple of friends who are afraid of the place. They really become unnerved and frightened by 'something' they feel is supernatural there,
and now they won't go back there. I have a reverence for the place. I love it.
I said there were anomalies in the terrain. These include weird gravel mounds that appear overnight. They're usually about three feet in diameter and
around two feet tall. We've seen them several times. We've seen seven of them in a semi-circle. They're not made by any burrowing animals digging
holes. I have no idea what's creating them. (I'll post a pic.)
Also on the property is an area we call the 'boulder field' (I'll post a pic)
After walking through the boulder field, you cross a meadow to get to the ponds. My cousin and I were shocked to see a huge boulder sitting out in the
meadow. We had walked through the meadow a few days before that, and no boulders were there. Somehow, a boulder was moved about 200 feet out into the
meadow. Of course we have absolutely no clue how it got there.
There is a mesa-shaped hill that is directly in the center of the property, between two of the ponds. It has the classic flat top of a mesa like the
ones common in the southwestern U.S. It's just utterly weird that this strange 'mesa' is sitting there. I've found some great fossils in the area
on and around the mesa. When you climb the mesa, and especially when you reach the top, you feel an energy, a power. Sometimes it's palpable, like
the air is just thick with an energy. I would guess it's a magnetic energy, possibly created by all the minerals and crystal there. There are hunks
of white and rose quartz there. (I'll post a pic of the mesa)
This is probably my favorite experience:
I was hiking alone once on a beautiful Sunday morning. I had been there about an hour. I sat down on a rock by the big pond. What happened over the
next 20 minutes or so astounded me.
First, a huge red-tailed hawk glided right past me, its wingtip almost touching my ear. It skimmed the water, then landed in a tree across the pond.
To my left, about 100 feet away, a deer had taken her fawn down to get a drink. Across the pond, where the hawk was, I saw a big raccoon foraging in
the water. Looking down at the pond, I saw fish and tadpoles swimming around. I saw a few turtles sunning themselves on the rocks. Dragonflies and
butterflies were flying around. I saw a large water snake very slowly slither up onto a rock. Two lizards were climbing on the rocks around me.
I remained very still so I wouldn't spook the animals, but I had an urge to turn around. I very slowly turned to look behind me. There was a red fox
sitting up on the bank about 30 feet behind me, watching me.
When I made eye contact, he nodded his head as if he was saying hello.
I looked at him for a minute, then turned back to the pond. A beaver was now swimming across, with a branch in his mouth, heading for his dam.
I heard a loud owl call, so I looked over at the trees. A great horned owl was perched on a branch. Animals were coming out from everywhere.
I went back there the next day with my cousin. On the top of the bank,
just a few feet from where the fox had been sitting, were the seven strange mounds of gravel I mentioned earlier. The ground where they appeared was
thick with grass and shrubs, and there were no holes that we could see.
It looked like the gravel had been somehow brought there and deposited there. Again, I have no clue what formed them. They were not there when I was
there the day before.
On several occasions, baby animals including rabbits, squirrels and foxes have approached me and 'hung out' with me. I have a video of two baby
squirrels 'hiking' with me. They followed me like puppies. The animals there always look super healthy.
They seem to exhibit an unusual intelligence sometimes. It's like they're welcoming you to their place. ( I know that sounds really new-agey...
I have a 12-year old nephew who has hiked there with me. The animals seem to really like him. Bull snakes have notoriously nasty dispositions and
will bite you without hesitation. He has picked up bull snakes there several times. One of them was huge. They act affectionate to him. The huge one
didn't want to leave my nephew. He set it down on the ground and it came back to him. I've been searching for a photo of my nephew that I took on a
hike last summer. The photo was taken with a digital camera, I have it on a flash drive. It looks like an image of him was superimposed onto the
background. There appears to be some kind of outline or aura around him. He's walking down a ridge. It's hard to explain the pic, but everyone
who's seen it has commented on how strange it looks, like the background just doesn't look "real".
This pic shows the 'entrance' to the ponds.
This pic shows the big pond. The strange gravel mounds I mentioned can be seen on the right, up on the bank.
The boulder field