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Unidentified Flying Objects

Only once in my life have I seen anything in the sky that I could pass off as a UFO. Of course, I have no idea what it was, so it WAS a UFO to me, but it’s the only thing I could consider to be something not from this world.

I was in the 10th grade and it was summer, so this would have been 1996. It was band camp week. Yes, I am a band camp person, and no, I’m not starting the story off that way. This was our first year at this particular camp, Camp America in Hueston Woods. Nice place. MUCH better than the place we had gone my freshman year.

It was that week when a lot of people had seen a lot of things flying around crazy in the sky. One student, a senior, said to me, “I don’t believe in ghosts or goblins or aliens or UFOs, but I’ve seen a lot of stars dancing around in the sky.”

This campground is surrounded by woods and farm land. Across the street from it is farm, as well as next door, and as far as I know, the farm fields continue down the street heading away from the camp. One night early in the week I happened to be out walking around when I saw a light in the sky.

I don’t know why I stopped to watch it, but I’m glad I did. It appeared to be low to the ground, which was confirmed a moment later, and it was traveling slowly to the left. Maybe a far off plane? Well, it stopped moving to the left and just hung there. Then a spot light came out of it, shining down to the ground. That’s when I could tell that it was indeed low to the ground, and actually not far off but just down and across the street from me. It began traveling to the right, back the way it had been going, spotlight still shining. Then the spotlight went off, the light continued going to the right a few seconds longer, then it just vanished. There were no noises. If I had to guess at how far away it was down the road, maybe a half mile at most.

That’s not the only time I’ve encountered a UFO out around Hueston Woods, except the first time I was a baby. My dad was out driving around with me, as he’s done my entire life, and we were out that way. It was day, bright and sunny, and he told me while traveling down one of those country roads his car just shut off. I can’t recall if he told me he saw anything, but there was a farm house down the road, so he got me out of my car seat and carried me down the road to that house. The farmer told my dad that everything in his house had gone off, too. Then suddenly a moment later, it all came back on. Dad carried me back to the car and it worked again, too.

Just before I was born he was living in that small Indiana house and experienced some things there, and that’s right down the road from Hueston Woods.

More recently, probably around the time I was a teenager, dad told me he had been traveling through Butler County down a country road, at night, when he saw bright lights behind him in his rear view. They were coming up on him really fast and he thought whoever it was was going to ram him right off the road. He said it seemed as if the lights went through his truck and when they got in front of him they went up into the sky and flew off. Later he heard reports on the news that inmates of the Butler County Jail, which was near where he was that night, had seen strange things in the sky.

I recently wrote about ghosts at a lake in Indiana where I hang out. That lake is just a few miles away from Oxford, OH, and Hueston Woods. While there I’ve seen some strange things in the sky but we’ve always passed them off as something else, so who knows. A buddy of mine, a few years ago and when I wasn’t there, also claims to have seen what he considered to be a UFO and took a picture of it with his cell phone, but not much other than a tiny light barely appeared in the picture.

So, do you believe? I’m not sure what I believe, but I know what I saw that night at the camp.