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Roswell, New Mexico - Close Encounters Of The Ghost Kind

Posted in Events on September 1, 2010
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Stardate: 2432373.5
Earthdate: July 7, 1947
Note: The actual date of the UFO crash is often debated. We chose this date because a story appeared the next day (July 8, 1947) in the Roswell Daily Record declaring the capture of a flying saucer.

An isolated storm with frequent spider web lightning was moving across the sky near Boy Scout Mountain about 50 miles from Roswell, New Mexico. A young man and his girlfriend were lying in the back of his pickup paying very little attention to the storm.

Suddenly, an enormous flash of blinding light engulfed the storm and lit up the sky. The flash was followed by a sound similar to that of jet engines breaking the sound barrier. The two lovers dove for cover as a missile of bright light exited the point of the original flash and headed directly at them. It passed over the pickup and crashed a few yards away. They cautiously approached the UFO and found four alien bodies scattered around the wreckage. Each of them collected pieces of the scrap for souvenirs and headed for town.

Unknown to them, two UFOs had just collided within the storm in the sky above Boy Scout Mountain. One of them crashed near their truck hitting a huge boulder and splitting it vertically. From that day on, it would be known as Split Rock.

A few days later, the young lady was killed in a car accident. Her souvenirs had been in the car but were never found. The man's truck was broken into and his house was ransacked. Nothing was taken except the souvenirs. As for the craft that crashed in the forest, it was officially recorded by government officials as a weather balloon.

Stardate: 2450272.5
Earthdate: July 8, 1996
Two friends known by their CB handles "Trapdoor" and "Sundance," arrived at the crash site late in the evening. Both were fans of the X-Files TV series and Star Trek. They enjoyed studying conspiracy theories about the mystery behind the Roswell UFO crash.

Camp was set up in the same location where two young lovers parked their truck 49 years earlier. As the sun set behind Boy Scout Mountain, small pieces of wood were tossed into the fire ring. The night was perfectly still. Not even a slight breeze to accompany the stories being told. The air was very warm so the level of the fire was left at a kindling level and enjoyed for the relaxing qualities campfires provide.

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Suddenly, there was a rustling in the forest. Tree leaves were being blown, twisted, and ripped from the limbs. The rustling sound grew closer and closer until it filled the open area where the campfire was burning. It was a brusque breeze that circled them with a chilling effect. Leaves on the trees all around the clearing were rustling in defiance. Suddenly, the kindling in the fire ring began to rise forming the shape of a tiny tornado carrying the flame upward. The flame rose slowly into the air, moved a few feet to the East and sat back down outside the fire ring. The breeze vanished.

Stardate: 2453924.5
Earthdate: July 8, 2006
Lone Writer and Happy Jack arrived in Roswell, New Mexico, with the intention of visiting the crash site near Boy Scout Mountain. Upon entering the city limits, Happy Jack's laptop computer suddenly displayed a black screen followed by the message that core memory was being dumped. Since that computer contained the directions to the crash site as recorded eight years earlier by Sundance, they needed to find someone who could give them new directions.

Lone Writer visited the UFO museum to request directions and was told, "You can't get there from here." The person who made that statement did not even smile.

After visiting several other stores and still not finding anyone with specific directions, Lone Writer and Happy Jack decided to look for the site using their recollection of directions provided around the last campfire where Sundance told the story. They spent the next four hours wandering around in circles.

They pulled into a roadside campsite for a short break. They made a few phone calls to Sundance but he could not remember exactly where the split rock was. They were preparing to leave when Lone Writer noticed a trail going into the forest lined with rocks. It led directly to the split rock.

Stardate: 2453925.5
Earthdate: July 9, 2006
Lone Writer and Happy Jack checked into a motel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Happy Jack turned on his laptop computer to see if anything could be recovered. It booted up as if nothing was ever wrong with it.

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Star Facts: Unknown
Earth Facts: The truth is out there! Or is it?
What really happened on that July night in 1947? Was the lady's death really an accident? Who broke into the man's truck? What visited Sundance and Trapdoor in 1996? What happened to Happy Jack's computer? What is a Stardate, anyhow? And last of all, the most important question is, "Where did Lone Writer and Happy Jack go for dinner?"


Odometer - Latitude - Longitude - Notes

0.0 - 33 27.1357 - 104 31.4121 - North of Roswell on Highway 285, turn left on Highway 246.
4.1 - 33 27.1042 - 104 35.6849 - Turn right on 246.
47.7 - 33 39.1245 - 105 12.0540 - Turn left at sign for Boy Scout Mountain.

1.6 - 33 38.4709 - 105 12.9696 - Left fork.
3.7 - 33 37.6252 - 105 14.4127 - Left turn.
4.8 - 33 37.4020 - 105 13.5781 - Crash site - Split rock walkway. This is at a three-way intersection.

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