|Occurred : 8/20/2018 22:00 (Entered as : 8/20/18 22:00)
Reported: 8/27/2018 10:41:40 PM 22:41
Location: Quinault, WA
|What appeared to be the moon rising over a mountain ridge, but the orb descended both times, never coming completely over the ridge.
I was in White Creek Basin, above Enchanted Valley in Olympic National Park. This was during a stretch of time exhibiting very bad air quality due to forest fires. When we reached the basin, skies were relatively clear but a lot of smoke had rolled in by dusk. Well after dark I looked up at the ridge we were camped near and was excited to see what we thought was a moon rise. We watched as the glowing orb rose behind the ridge, but before it was all the way over the ridge it quickly descended (unlike the moon).
About 20 minutes later, a little to the right of the original sight, the same thing happened. This time it was more orange (we thought the orange-ness of it was due to smoke), but it came up – not all the way over the ridge – and then quickly back down again.
There is not a trail on top of that ridge, and the glowing orb was way too big to a headlamp anyway. Both times it really did look like a moon rise, but it definitely wasn’t the moon. Upon investigation, it was too late at night and in the wrong direction of the moon.