I see that a few others shared their desert stories here so i guess i should be o.k. to post mine.
A few years ago, I visited a friend in victorvill CA. I hadn't really experienced the desert yet, and being the outdoorsy type I was pretty excited.
My friend asked me if there was anything in particular that I wanted to do while I was there. I had said that as long as i can go to a quite little
spot in the dessert to take in the vast open night sky without any light pollution then i will be content.
after a long day of visiting with his family and friends, and a quick trip to the bar, we grabbed a couple of acquaintances and made our way to the
desert just out side of town not to long after dusk.
The spot was perfect. It was just barely far enough from civilization that all my conditions where met. we had parked off the road a little bit and
aside from the hill/cliff off to the left where i believe the road continued, it was fairly flat and completely open. the only other thing around was
a small building that was being constructed just to our right. It was just a foundation and a 2x4 frame with some materials lying around.
the four of us where standing between the front right head light of the car and the small frame structure just peering up at the night sky, enjoying
the blanket of glitter while making small talk and more than likely giggling like school girls when the serenity of the moment was shattered with what
sounded like a pack of hounds from hell growling and barking and gnarling and gnashing like these creatures where dedicated to ripping the souls
directly from anything they came across. It was absolutely terrifying. it couldn't have been coming from more than 20 feet away which is probably only
a 2 second light jog for a four legged spawn of satan. It was coming directly from behind the car. The absolute moment we collectively heard it our
heads snapped behind us and then back to each other. It seemed like forever passed (aprox half a second) before one girl yelled "GET IN THE CAR!"
We burst into action and some how we made it the full 6 feet to the car, and i swear to you it was like synchronized swimming. We all ended up in the
exact same seat we where sitting when we drove in and all 4 doors SLAMMED shut at the same time. It happened so fast i still don't remember clearly
making it the 6 feet, jumping in, and closing the door. I just remember the four doors slamming and turning to neurotically peer through the window
into the dark night not being able to see anything to counter the image of Cerberus screaming around the vehicle ready to strip the flesh from my
Now as if this already didn't sound like its taking the direction of half the horror movies that Hollywood has graced us with, we where not in the
vehicle for 5 sec trying to get our bearings on the situation before one of the girls shouted "OH NO, MY SANDAL" while she turned to look out the
window in the direction we had just come from. Now, I cant remember verbatim my expressed feelings towards the sandal, but I believe I screamed
something like "!@#$ THE SANDAL!!!!" I was more than prepared to buy her any number of sandals to make up for Cerberus and crew's new human scented
then we noticed something that was almost even more frightening. Silence. the sounds had vanished almost as quickly as they came.
this whole situation up till this point could not have been any more than 30 seconds. After we listened for another 15 seconds my brave friend decided
he would make a dash for the sandal since was able to locate it. I re affirmed my feelings towards said sandal , but he jumped out anyway and nabbed
the sandal without incident.
what i don't understand about this event is the fact that we never heard the dogs approach from the distance. most dogs announce their dislike for you
being in the vicinity well in advance. I would even say as soon as they get the chance to, but this happened so darn close to us, and then they
vanished. all within aprox a minute. But the sound of these dogs was other worldly. I've been around dogs all my life, and they just sounded
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