||Tony R. Elliott has written stories for Fate Magazine for the last 4 years, OP-ED News. He has been a Political Columnist for The Cimarron News Press in Cimarron, New Mexico from 2001 to 2003. He has also written featured editorials in several Southern Oregon coastal newspapers during the 1990s. You can email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the summer of 1984, my family and I were running a very small store and bait shop along the Pitt River some 15 miles from the small ranching community of Likely, California in the extreme northeast corner of the state.
The nights in this rugged mountainous part of the state were clear and were excellent for stargazing.
In August of that year, I remember my wife and I was closing up the store for the night and was looking at the stars just outside. We soon noticed a bright amber light in the sky to the west that seemed to be moving slowly back and forth from the south to the north and back again. The light itself seemed to pulsate from dim and small to very bright and large. I estimate the object was about 5 miles from our position.
After about 10 minutes, we noticed that two smaller amber objects, one coming from the south and the other from the north were headed straight for the large object. As they neared the large object, they slowed to a complete halt and just sit in their positions for about 5 minutes. Then the object to the south started to move towards the large object and seemed to merge with it. Immediately afterward, the second object moved quickly to the large object and merged with it. After about 2 minutes, the main object took off at a rapid speed and disappeared beyond the mountains to the west.
The next day the store was busy with a steady stream of campers and anglers buying what they needed for the weekend. At this time, my wife and I went outside to help with loading a pickup truck. During this time, we noticed a man dressed in a red tee shirt, tan shorts, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses coming up the road toward the store walking his bike. When he got to the store, he parked his bike and asked for a drink of water. He drank it and gave the glass back to my wife. She then asked him if he was camped in the area. He replied, No! I am on a mission from God. At this time, we thought nothing of it since there were Mormon Missionaries in the area now and then. This man then began walking his bike back along the highway.
We then began talking to the customers in the pickup truck and looked back in the direction where the man was headed. In our amazement, he was gone. No sign of him in any direction. I then was so intrigued by him vanishing so fast I got into the car and searched for him about two miles in both directions along the road. I found nothing. When I arrived back at the store, the customers were still there and were interested in whether I saw him. When I told everybody, I did not see him we were all so surprised that a man on a bicycle could just vanish in two seconds.
There were no paths or areas where he could have gone off the road with a bicycle because the area was such that it would have been impossible for anyone to navigate a bike in such rocky terrain.
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In the days to come, my wife and I speculated on a connection between the mysterious man and the UFO sighting we witnessed the night before.
He was like an out of uniform M.I.B. (Men in Black) with the dark sunglasses and disappearing so fast. His remark of being on a mission from God was strange as well because it was as if he meant to tell us that personally.
We believe to this day that this mysterious man was directly connected with the UFO sighting we witnessed the night before and visited us as an acknowledgment of our sighting.
In the years since this experience we have both witnessed certain men that seemed to be out of place at the time such as passing an old man sitting outside a store front in Northern California asking us for a cigarette, giving it to him, continuing walking only to turn back to see him gone without any trace in any direction.
We believe from these experiences that extraterrestrials are here among us in human form taking part in every day society as we humans are along with the subliminal influence they have on us as we sleep, and the occasional sighting of UFOs. Their goal seems to be to have our civilization pointed in the right direction to be able to someday accept undisputed contact between our civilization and what lies beyond our wildest imagination.