Stargazing

“Have you ever looked at the night sky?”…”There were times when I saw other things moving in the sky that weren’t stars.”

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Have you ever looked at the sky at night?  I mean really looked at it?  Ever since I was a young kid, I remember lying in the grass at night and gazing at the stars.  Some twinkled and some didn’t.

Once in a great while, I would see a shooting star.  It was awesome.  But there were times when I saw other things moving in the sky that weren’t stars.

Oh, yes, the adults would say it was an airplane.  As I got older, I still didn’t believe all of those moving things were airplanes.  In fact, there was a time in the late 1980’s and early 1990 when a rash of UFOs were seen in the Pensacola, Florida area.

Of course, one of the locals was caught faking a UFO landing using an overturned trampoline and later two styrofoam plates to make it look like a photo of a UFO.  But he was the only one faking it.

The fall of 1989, after returning from a Campfire outing with my three children along with four other children and a dad, I had my first encounter with a UFO.  We drove down a lonely dark road exiting Gulf Islands National Seashore (on Pensacola Beach).  It was around 8 pm and the sun had set.  The crystal white sand of the Gulf Coast always glowed at night.  Along the gulf side of the road, I spotted something dark rise up from the white sand.  It flew over my van to the left side, about 100 feet up and a few yards ahead of us.  It stayed with us for almost 6 miles.  My air conditioner didn’t work, so we had the windows down.  There was no sound coming from this object.

The Pensacola Naval Air Station was directly on our right, across the sound.  I made a comment to the dad sitting behind me about the Navy doing maneuvers at night. (This happened often in the sound, but usually not in the National Park).  I also mentioned that I’d never seen helicopters land on the beach.

He said, “I design helicopters for the Navy and that’s no helicopter I’ve ever seen.”

After that statement, the goosebumps rose up on my arms.  We both looked out our windows as I drove down the desolate road.  There were red, green, and white lights circling the bottom of this object in a flickering pattern.  Once we approached the lighted area of downtown Pensacola Beach, it disappeared.

Have any of you seen a UFO?  Any close encounters?  Tell us about it.[ad name=”Google Adsense-1″]

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