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Monday, August 2, 2010

What is It?

We spent the weekend in a remote heavily forested rural area of Missouri. So remote, in fact, that there was no cell phone service, no computer access, and no television. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip.

Around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night, six persons in our group were out walking the area. Suddenly they noticed a round, glowing, orange-colored object hovering in the treetops. It sat there for a few minutes then drifted higher, moved across the sky, and stopped. Then the object slowly faded, until it completely disappeared. There was no sound.

The best description I could get was that the object appeared similar to the way a helium balloon would look if it were carrying a candle inside.

I've been assured that no one imbibed in strong beverages before the walk.  Besides, each person describes the exact same thing.

Okay, readers. Does anyone have a clue what this could have been?


Terri Tiffany said...

Hmm--that would be creepy. Were there any news reports later in the area?

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I'll admit to seeing UFO's more than once. Did you check the local news to see if anyone else, in the area, saw it?pition

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Pat,
I was sitting out side one HOt summer night somewhere in the 2 am range and saw something very simlaar!! Yes why not UFO!!!
I believe!!
Pat when you come to see me, I would love it if you would talk a little more to me. I want to get to know you better!!!
XXOO, Bambi & Fern

Tammy said...

How exciting! I just love knowing that life still holds mysteries, even if they have as-yet-undiscovered scientific explanations! I googled "swamp gas" and got this story that sounds similar, but sounds like he doesn't believe it's swamp gas, either:

AngelPups said...

I haven't seen anything like that but I've seen things I couldn't explain !? I hope if you ever do find out what it was you'll let us all know!

irishoma said...

Talk about intriguing. At first I thought you were describing the moon, after I read the entire description, you stumped me.
Donna V.

Tammy said...

I'm still fascinated by this! Try looking up "Ball Lightning." Were there storms in the area?? There are even videos.

K9friend said...

We didn't hear any other reports...but the area is so rural and heavily forested...can't imagine who else would see it except for wild critters...and they're not talking!

There was no explosion or strange smells. Apparently the thing just sort of floated until it "burned out" by fading away!

Crazy, huh?

Chewy said...

I think it was a UFO! That would be awesome!


Benny and Lily said... saw the exact same thing years ago arouns Savannah, Georgia. Freaky and scary.
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

So that's where my giant Florida orange ball escaped to!

Now I have closure. Thank you,

Linda O'Connell said...

When he was a kid, my husband and his brothers launched his own miniature, homemade hot air balloon complete with a little fire. It raised into the sky and burned itself out. It sent the nuns in the nearby convent into a panic.

However, I'm leaning towards Tammy's explanation.

the booker man said...

whoa, miss pat!! that is kinda cool and way mysterious like! i guess it could be a UFO thingie, but i think your friend miss tammy's ball lightning idea is pretty interesting, too!
the booker man

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Interesting...I, too, thought it was the moon at first. My husband and I (and about ten others) pulled off the highway to watch a huge orange ball rise into the sky. We could actually see it moving! The higher it climbed the smaller it became, but we all watched it for a good thirty minutes before realizing it was, indeed, the moon. We--and everyone else who stopped in their travels to watch the huge orange ball--thought it was something else. I've never seen anything like it before or since.

Marg said...

Are they sure it wasn't the moon. But guess it would have stayed up there longer. That is interesting. Must have freaked everyone. Have a great day.

Life With Dogs said...

No clue. But fascinating! :)

Jenny said...


I bet it was very interesting!!!

Sallie said...

What fun!

Hmmm. it sounds like my friend, Alien, flying his spaceship. I'll go ask him.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Pat,
I guess I should blog about Bambi lumps that she had a lot of 3 years aga, but now she doesn't have many and they are all better than they us to be. Without a vets help!!!
Thanks for your visit!!
XXOO, Bambi & Fern
Happy to hear you cook for Inky. Can you send me a link to that web site you mention??

Alien said...

Hmm. It wasn't me.

Michelle Faith said...

sounds like Northen lights, with the recent solar eruption the Northen lights have been visable in places never before seen.. see here. :)

ocmist said...

There are some strange this out there. I've seen a few myself. Did you check their local news to see if anyone else saw it?

road-dog-tales said...

Hmmm, we're stumped, too! Are there any weird flying critters that glow?
The Road Dogs

Helena said...

Are there any remote control airplane lovers in the area? Some of those look just like UFO's...But I like the other suggestions too, so you never know!