|Occurred : 7/15/1998 21:30 (Entered as : 07/15/1998 21:30)
Reported: 8/22/2005 2:13:25 PM 14:13
Location: Chiricahua Mountains, AZ
|Circular object in the night sky in the mountains of South Eastern AZ.
I had locked my keys in my car during a day of paintballing in the Chirichua Mountains of South Eastern Arizona. My friend took my back that night to get my car. We were traveling on a dirt road that we had both traveled a lot over the last few years, it was a dirt road that went up to Rucker Lake. I can't remember the exact name of the road at the time. There was a right hand turn that we had to make or the road would take us all the way to Douglas, and since we lived in Elfrida we didn't want to go that way. We had never missed the turn in the past.
We were driving back, I was in the lead in my car and my friend was following behind me. I remember passing the ranch HQ of the "OK" ranch. The next thing I remember we are about 5 miles past the turn we should have made. I remember stopping and we talked about it for a minute and then we turned around and went back. We found the turn with no problem.
Just after we hit the pavement I noticed a large cirular object in the sky, it was like it was the moon, it cast a glow, it was bright enought to cast a dull shadow. I was watching it as I drove and realized that it was way to close to earth to be the moon, it was like it was hovering. I am not sure of the distance, the object didn't move it just sat there, stationary, and even as I drove at it, it seemed to stay at the same distance. I stopped my car and asked my friend "what the hell is that?" He said he had no idea and that we just better "Get the *$^% out of the there."
We drove on, as we hit the "S" curve in the road I took my eyes of the object and focused on the road for a minute. When I looked back up the object was gone. We drove home and spent some time on the internet, the moon that night was not full and was not even scheduled to rise until about 4 or 5 in the morning. We do not know what we saw, but it spooked us, and it definatly was not natural.
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