|Regan Lee is author of the UFO blog The OrangeOrb, and has a monthly column in UFO Magazine by the same name. She is also a contributer to the Binnall of America website, writing her 'Trickster's Realm' column. Drawing on her life long relationship with UFOs and the paranormal, Regan writes about UFOs and Forteana in Oregon , her home for many decades, and is also a UFO witness and experiencer herself. Regan is also an aritst, and author of Two Oregon Tales: UFOs and Bigfoot, soon to be available as an e-book. Email Regan Lee.
High Strangeness on the Ranchby Regan Lee
Posted: 12:15 April 28, 2008
Ranches, like deserts, seem to be the perfect setting for high strangeness encounters. The isolated, wide open areas of both ranches and deserts are ideal for all kinds of paranormal, UFO and Fortean phenomena to occur virtually undetected.
The Skinwalker ranch in Utah is a classic in the paranormal realm. The unexplained events at the Utah ranch were documented in the book The Hunt for the Skinwalker, by George Knapp and Colm Kelleher. Shapeshifting creatures, UFOs, Bigfoot like beings, shimmering vortexes or portals appearing and disappearing, and lots of other weirdness occurred over many years, with no explanation. Some suggest that the owner of the ranch made it up to get publicity and money. There's a lot wrong with that assertion, that I won't dignify with a response, except to say, that in the Utah case, that area has been known for all kinds of high strangeness occurrences going back hundreds of years. The UFO sightings alone are enough to keep a researcher busy for a long time. (In fact, In 1975 Frank B. Salisbury wrote a book about UFOs in the area: The Utah UFO display: A biologist's report.)
Another ranch, this one in Colorado, was also the site for weird events. Alien Intrusions At Colorado Ranch, by Don Worley in 1992 for UFO Magazine, discusses some of the strange things that went on at the Evans family ranch. This case was investigated by solid researchers in the field like Dr. Leo Sprinkle and Dr. John Derr. (This was the same area where cattle mutilations began around 1975.)
UFOs were seen frequently at the Evans ranch. Their cattle were victims of cattle mutilations. They heard voices, but no source for the voices were seen. Bigfoot or Bigfoot like beings seemed to be on the ranch. One night, non stop pounding on the house by something frightened the children. Later,
. . .a big, hairy being also joined the parade of oddities on the ranch. It became apparent that Big Foot was just one more facet of the cunning intelligence harassing the Evans. No less than 20 person would see Big Foot. ~ Worley, UFO Magazine, 1992
Remember, as with the Utah ranch and similar cases, (including the Contactees out in the deserts) there were many witnesses to these events. Multiple witnesses to events like this make it harder to dismiss them as delusions or lies.
In all these cases, a possible clue about the source of these strange events can be found in the fact that the ranches (and deserts, as with Contactees) are close to military bases. And in the Evans case, one part of the ranch was on top of old coal mines. Sali Sheppard-Wolford in her book Valley of the Skookum, mentions that orange orbs and strange sounds and cries, linked to Bigfoot sightings, took place at the site of abandoned mines.
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