|Occurred : 10/2/2007 02:00 (Entered as : 10/02/07 2:00)
Reported: 11/6/2008 3:45:18 PM 15:45
Location: Everett, WA
Duration:20min - 30min
|A bright yellowish light over the I-5 freeway in Western Washington.
This sighting occurred at about 2:00am during the first week of October 2007 while I was visiting my parents in Washington State. I had just gotten off the phone with my fiancé and was settling down to read myself to sleep on the fold-out bed in the living room. I was lying on my stomach, absorbed in my book, when a strange feeling of something being amiss suddenly washed over me. I can't really explain the feeling better than that; it simply seemed as though something was not quite right.
I looked out of the open window, which was directly in front of me at the head of the bed. This window faces east and overlooks a high school football field at the bottom of the hill that my parents' house sits on. Beyond the field lies Broadway Ave. and a section of I-5, and beyond that one has a view of the countryside, the small town of Snohomish, and the Cascade Mountains way off in the distance. Peering out the window, I didn't see or hear anything unusual, just some cars zipping along the freeway and a few lights dotting the foothills of the Cascades. I shook my head and silently scolded myself for being silly and went back to my book. After a few moments I glanced out the window again and saw a light in the sky off in the distance. This light was quite bright and seemed to shift colors; it went back and forth very slowly between muddy yellow and pale orange. I assumed it was just a helicopter checking out the traffic on the freeway, but I kept watching it anyway. It stayed in one spot, not moving at all, and I suddenly realised that it couldn't be a helicopter, at least not any kind of helicopter I'm familiar with. The light it was giving off was all wrong. What's more, I couldn't hear a thing other than the windchimes on the porch and the traffic on the roads. Sounds carry very well in that part of the state, and had it been any kind of conventional aircraft I'm certain that I would have been able to hear and identify it.
I turned off the lamp next to my bed and lay in the dark watching the light. It hovered over I-5 for about 10 minutes, then drifted slowly to the south, along the line of the freeway, and was concealed by a stand of pine trees about 500 feet from the house. I figured it had gone away, but I stayed in the dark and continued to look out the window. Another 5 minutes passed, and the light suddenly reappeared from behind the trees. It moved north and took up its former position over the road and just hovered there, not doing much of anything that I could see. It stayed in that spot for about 5 to 10 minutes. I started to feel uneasy; I squeezed my eyes shut, lowered my head, and counted to ten. When I glanced out of the window again the light was gone. I looked all over the sky but there wasn't a trace of it anywhere. I waited for a bit to see if it would come back, but it never did. Finally I turned the lamp on and picked up my book, eventually falling asleep sometime around 3:00am. Nothing else of note happened the rest of the time I was visiting.
I would like to note that I did not feel at all threatened by this light, and if it was a UFO I very much doubt that the intentions of the pilots were hostile in any way. I have the feeling that whoever, if anyone, was inside this craft was simply interested in seeing what the freeway was all about. I did feel uneasy, as I said, but this mostly because I was faced with something strange, something I could not explain.
I have been sitting on this story for a year, too embarrassed to tell it to anyone aside from my fiancé. I am above all else a realist, and when I see something strange I like to exhaust all mundane explanations before I label the experience paranormal. I have been very intrigued the UFO phenomenon for years, though, and I firmly believe that our vast universe is capable of supporting life on distant planets. Why those lifeforms should be interested in visiting Earth is beyond me, but as long as they're not engaging in harmful activities, I say the more the merrier.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of incident is approximate. No contact information for witness. PD))