posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 05:30 PM
I had a strange encounter a few years back. To this day i have no idea what to make of it. I have posted this story before on ATS.
I was camping 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 friend.
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 few minutes 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 after that.