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03/04/2013 03:27PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
I have seen some pretty weird unexplainable things in my years of canoe tripping. A couple incidents that really stand out had to do with some weird lights that were not only seen by me, but people that were with me.

Our group never talks about the incidents with other people or rarely bring it up among ourselves. Do you guys have any stories to share that were just unexplainable or just weird? Let's hear them.
 
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03/04/2013 03:50PM  
I didn't head up to the thunder box for a whole day one trip a few years ago. That was weird.
 
03/04/2013 03:54PM  
Yea, sorry. That was me out walking around. My headlamp is too bright.
 
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03/04/2013 03:58PM  
Heard weird noises one night that sounded like a drone flying along the border. It wouldn't be surprised if that was a true account.
 
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03/04/2013 04:06PM  
I havent seen anything unexplained, but I am interested in hearing your story.
 
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03/04/2013 04:16PM  
I once saw a naked man sitting on a rock on Bud lake, weird huh!!! Anthony
 
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03/04/2013 04:16PM  
quote walllee: "I have seen some pretty weird unexplainable things in my years of canoe tripping. A couple incidents that really stand out had to do with some weird lights that were not only seen by myself but people that were with me.Our group never talks about the incidents with other people, or rarely bring it up among ourselves. Do you guys have any stories to share that was just unexplainable, or just weird. Let's hear them."

Unexplained lights would spook me. One time while fishing a quiet cove of Ima Lake my son and I were startled by a tremendous noise not 50 yards behind us. There was a huge disturbance in the water leaving large ripples radiating outward. First we thought was a beaver but the noise, while loud, was not like a beaver tail slapping the surface. Our thoughts turned to a huge fish taking something that put up a brief but intense fight or a very large fish leaving the water so it could belly flop??

Were the friends with you named Jim Beam, Dr. Mcgillicuddy, and Jack Daniels?
 
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03/04/2013 04:25PM  
quote Miami1: "I once saw a naked man sitting on a rock on Bud lake, weird huh!!! Anthony"
And let me guess, by the time you got the camera out he was gone, right?
 
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03/04/2013 04:36PM  
I thought this was another thread about not having campfires. Anyway I have never seen anything I can't explain.
 
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03/04/2013 04:37PM  

In Sept 2010 around 10pm, just outside the Superior National Forest in Lake County, I was burning up some of the cords of firewood accumulated from storm damage to my property. I first saw a triangle of lights head northward above the tree line to the east of me. The lights circled back after several minutes and were joined by others. The lights then appeared to begin to chase each other. These lights made no sound whatsoever. But yes, there was beer involved. : ) Once the almost full moon was high enough in the sky, I saw the contrails they left. This went on until around 11pm. I found out later from reading the Sheriff’s report that it was the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard doing night maneuvers. They were spotted from the Lake County line on Highway 61 to the BWCAW. After seeing a thread on this website about strange lights seen that night by someone on a canoe trip, I registered and made my first post saying what was in the Sheriff’s report.

 
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03/04/2013 05:21PM  
quote inspector13: "
In Sept 2010 around 10pm, just outside the Superior National Forest in Lake County, I was burning up some of the cords of firewood accumulated from storm damage to my property. I first saw a triangle of lights head northward above the tree line to the east of me. The lights circled back after several minutes and were joined by others. The lights then appeared to begin to chase each other. These lights made no sound whatsoever. But yes, there was beer involved. : ) Once the almost full moon was high enough in the sky, I saw the contrails they left. This went on until around 11pm. I found out later from reading the Sheriff’s report that it was the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard doing night maneuvers. They were spotted from the Lake County line on Highway 61 to the BWCAW. After seeing a thread on this website about strange lights seen that night by someone on a canoe trip, I registered and made my first post saying what was in the Sheriff’s report.


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Sounds like a cover-up.
 
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03/04/2013 05:31PM  
There was this one time at Band Camp.......
 
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03/04/2013 06:37PM  
quote Miami1: "I once saw a naked man sitting on a rock on Bud lake, weird huh!!! Anthony"
I saw two stark naked women sitting on a rock on Kawishiwi Lake. They never moved or uttered a sound as we went past. I was too polite to stare so kept my head pointed forward and pretended not to look... Don't go anywhere without mirrored sunglasses, you just never know when you need them. <|:7)
 
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03/04/2013 06:46PM  
Come on Walllee, let's hear your story.
 
03/04/2013 06:55PM  
The summer of 2011 I took my son, another guy that works for us, and my long time tripping buddy to Big Moose Lake.I have made over 20 trips to this lake through the years, as it always seems to produce fish for me. The second night we were there we were all sitting around camp shooting the bull, and watching the fire.There was no alcohol consumed that night, so I cant blame what we saw on alcohol. It was a pretty clear July night. One of those sattelite viewing nights that we all have experienced up there. Our camp was on the north shore with a wide open view of the entire lake. The lake is about three miles long and a couple miles wide. As we were talking, my son blurted out, did you guys see that!! , Alec who was facing the same way as my son said yes, what the hell was it. Ryan went on to explain to Jody and myself what the two kids had seen. He said it was a very bright light that just appeared above the treeline south east of our camp. I could tell by their reaction that they were freaked out about it. Jody and I just assumed it was a plane or a something , and it was just over reacting kids. About 10 minutes later out of the corner of my eye, I saw what I thought was a flash of lighting. At the same time Jody , Ryan, and Alec, said look to the south!!!! They were pretty excited, and freaked out. As I looked toward the south end of the lake the light was just hoovering over the treeline. It was brighter then hell,and was not moving at all. At this time it did not seem that it was even at the far end of the lake, rather maybe 2/3 of the way across the lake. We all watched it for at least a minute trying to guess what was causing this , and listening for any sound that might be associated with it . There never was any sound that we could hear. As quick as it appeared, it just vanished. We all just looked on in amazement looking all around the night sky trying to figure out were it went, and more importantly what it was. We set down again discussing what we just had seen just trying to make sense of this night's sightings. After about 10 minutes another flash of light caught our eyes and the same light appeared above the south west side of the lake. Again it stayed motionless for close to a minute and in a blink of the eye it was gone. What makes this whole thing even stranger is Big Moose is not far from civilization. It is close to the Echo trail, not that far from Ely or Crane Lake, and we were the only ones to see it. I don't believe in stuff like UFO'S, or anything like that but I do no what we saw was real and pretty damn scary. This light was very bright, and very large. I no there has got to be a logical explanation to what we saw, but I sure can not figure it out. I no it was weird enough that Alec is in no big hurry to go back to Big Moose. I have been back there twice since then, and no I didn't see any lights.
 
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03/04/2013 06:59PM  
 
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03/04/2013 07:57PM  
quote inspector13: "...it was the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard doing night maneuvers..."
We watched these guys carry out air-to-air combat exercises one night in Aug 2005 from our site on Gabbro. Could see a stream of lights "firing," then a particular pattern of lights would flash on the "hit" aircraft when a "kill" was recorded. Really eerily silent. Would be a lull in the action, then start up with a vengeance. Went on for quite some time that night.
 
03/04/2013 08:59PM  
I was on Clear Lake about 8 years ago, 2nd weekend of the walleye season, and we saw many lights, but no sound, way off the to east. We finally figured out it had to be night flying exercises of some sort.

Wallee, I have never seen anything like you describe.
 
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03/05/2013 01:36AM  
Sounds kind of like ball lightning Walllee.
 
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03/05/2013 08:42AM  
Wallee-We camped on Big Moose Sept of 2011 and had the exact experience as you. We chalked it up to being drones or satellites. These lights were just above the tree line as well. It was kinda fun to watch as the lights would become brighter and then disappear. This went on for as long as we were awake. We were also fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights on this trip. Brings back some awesome memories.
 
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03/13/2013 03:03PM  
We came to the end of the portage from Wind Bay on Basswood to Wind Lake and found a young woman sitting at the end of the portage. There was no canoe and no one else on the portage trail. Thought that was strange. When we talked with her, she had to go back down the trail to Basswood to get a lost item and when she came back her group was gone. Not even on Wind Lake. We made room for her and half way down the portage from Wind to Moose, we ran into her group. They totally left her behind. Always wondered what they were smoking that day to leave a crew member behind in the woods.
 
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03/13/2013 05:43PM  
quote MrBreeze: "We came to the end of the portage from Wind Bay on Basswood to Wind Lake and found a young woman sitting at the end of the portage. There was no canoe and no one else on the portage trail. Thought that was strange. When we talked with her, she had to go back down the trail to Basswood to get a lost item and when she came back her group was gone. Not even on Wind Lake. We made room for her and half way down the portage from Wind to Moose, we ran into her group. They totally left her behind. Always wondered what they were smoking that day to leave a crew member behind in the woods.
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WTF?!?!?
 
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03/13/2013 08:18PM  
quote jcavenagh: "quote MrBreeze: "We came to the end of the portage from Wind Bay on Basswood to Wind Lake and found a young woman sitting at the end of the portage. There was no canoe and no one else on the portage trail. Thought that was strange. When we talked with her, she had to go back down the trail to Basswood to get a lost item and when she came back her group was gone. Not even on Wind Lake. We made room for her and half way down the portage from Wind to Moose, we ran into her group. They totally left her behind. Always wondered what they were smoking that day to leave a crew member behind in the woods.
"

WTF?!?!?"
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03/13/2013 10:18PM  
Walllee that is very strange. I would have trouble sleeping after seeing something like that. Thanks for the report.
 
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03/14/2013 12:33AM  
quote ArrowheadPaddler: "Sounds kind of like ball lightning Walllee." yes ball lightning I agree. I have see ball lighting 3 different times, it's amazing
 
03/14/2013 09:09AM  
Interesting stories!

I've seen a few "Flying Moose"...

 
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03/14/2013 09:29AM  
Over 20 trips to the BW and have never had any unexplained experiances up there.

I'll relate two stories the I find funny or interesting though.

On an early season (mid april) brook trout fishing excursion, myself and two folks from the MSP area find ourselves camped along a remote stretch of river well into the Superior National Forest. We met at my place in Two Harbors and drove and hiked in. The first night, sipping whisky and sitting around the fire - the least experianced fella in the group's eyes get REALLY big and he freezes and states and very stern and drawn out language - "Holy s%^&, what the f^&* is that?" I can seee in his face and eyes, he's clearly scared and freaking out. Which scares me, I spin around and look in the direction he's looking and see some of the most amzing northern lights I've ever seen. I let out a sigh of relief and state, "Sweet dude - northern lights" He was sure we were about to have "Fire in the sky" experiance for those who've seen the movie. We still give him grief about the time the northern lights scared him.

The second is a story that was related to me, I didn't experiance personally. The individual it happened to doesn't tell the story willingly, will only share parts of it and you really need to prode him to get any details. He and another individual, whom I've also met and corobrates the story similiarly. I'll add this tidbit to the story up front. This fella I know best has spent the batter part of his life in the woods, living in it, hunting, fishing ,trapping, camping, etc..I've know him for the better part of my life and know him to not tell stories at all - it's not him, he doesn't make stuff up doesn't joke around. IMO, if he says it, it happened. They were on their way up to a particular stream...kind of near the BW border to do some brookie fishing - early morning traveling down a old worn gravel road, they saw something running into the woods. The individual will only say, "He saw something." He doesn't know what it was, "It was just something." If asked if it was a bear, the answer is no, it wasn't a bear. If asked if it was a moose, the answer is, no it wasn't a moose. Did you a get a pretty good look at it, ya, he got a pretty good look at it. You ask him what he thinks it was - he will not state anything of substance, other than "I don't know what it was" You ask him if it was on two feet, the answer is, "well...it did look like it" Was it bigfoot? He kind of just shrugs and says "I don't know what it was"

They didn't fish that river that day if you ask that. They drove to another river about 20 - 30 minutes away.
 
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03/14/2013 10:25AM  
Id kill to see ball lightning or the auroras.

Im going in July, I dont think the auroras happen then, though. Anybody been lucky enough to see them in July?
 
03/14/2013 10:36AM  
Yes, I seen them last July in Quetico, and a few more times over the last several years. They have never had the intense colors of ones I have seen in fall or winter but they are still awesome.
 
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03/14/2013 10:37AM  
quote Mustangt125: "Im going in July, I dont think the auroras happen then, though. Anybody been lucky enough to see them in July?"

Yes. In years with high sunspot activity you can see them many times in the summer, if you stay up late enough. At times they just look like a faint glow to the north, like a far away city or forest fire.

 
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03/14/2013 10:44AM  
How late do they show up when youve seen them?

We're going July 8th for a week. Just hoping for clear nights and aurora activity.
 
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03/14/2013 10:56AM  
quote Speckled: "Over 20 trips to the BW and have never had any unexplained experiances up there.
I'll relate two stories the I find funny or interesting though.
On an early season (mid april) brook trout fishing excursion, myself and two folks from the MSP area find ourselves camped along a remote stretch of river well into the Superior National Forest. We met at my place in Two Harbors and drove and hiked in. The first night, sipping whisky and sitting around the fire - the least experianced fella in the group's eyes get REALLY big and he freezes and states and very stern and drawn out language - "Holy s%^&, what the f^&* is that?" I can seee in his face and eyes, he's clearly scared and freaking out. Which scares me, I spin around and look in the direction he's looking and see some of the most amzing northern lights I've ever seen. I let out a sigh of relief and state, "Sweet dude - northern lights" He was sure we were about to have "Fire in the sky" experiance for those who've seen the movie. We still give him grief about the time the northern lights scared him."


I had a similar experience after a BWCAW trip. We had finished a May trip and were spending a couple nights at Pike Lake walleye fishing. We were fishing with lighted bobbers off the dock, me facing in one direction and he the opposite. All at once Steve says, "What the Hell is going on?" I turn around and laughed. That night was the most brilliant Aurora I've ever seen; there were reds and purples to go along with the whites and greens. Oh, and we also caught a few big walleyes that night!
 
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03/14/2013 11:14AM  
quote Mustangt125: "How late do they show up when youve seen them?

We're going July 8th for a week. Just hoping for clear nights and aurora activity."


You would have to wait until twilight has passed. So that time of year anytime after 11pm until around 4am.

 
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03/18/2013 07:47PM  
My wife and I went to Big Moose Lake in July of 2012. We stayed at the campsite on the lower right side of the lake. After reading the post from walleee about his certain undertaking of lights seen not only by him but also others and no alcohol was present. We had just finished a late dinner on our second night. It had rained pretty much all day and it all died down by 6 or so. We went out fishing for like 20-30 min and came back started fire and the like. I who am an avid alien believer, was at the hole in the ground, aka the crapr, away from the lake in the deep woods. I came back and my wife was staring across the lake in the pitch black in front of the fire pit with no lights. I ran up and asked what she was doing. Then I saw the two lights as bright as a ten million candle powerered light hovering above the trees across the lake. Its about ten at night when this is happening, not to sure what time actually, we had no watch. No sound, in the middle of the prestine forest. Given across the lake and all, but planes make noise. We have no idea what it was. We had bought hard alcohol to drink, but its pretty gross to drink straight vodka with tang treated purified lake water only in my opinion. No thank you. We went to the other side of the lake the next day to investagate to just see if maybe someone indeed had a camp there and were just goofing with us. No one had been there in quiet a while. The year before I came up to the BWCA for my first time with my brother and his friends. We Stayed on Big Moose lake at the campsite in the middle of the North side. I liked to look at the close stars at night when it was so dark and no clouds. Seeing what I think were satelights flying from left to right or vice versa. So when I went up with my wife I kinda hoped we would get a night with no clouds so we could see those fast moving dotts. Very interesting year we had, but i dont tell people usually what we saw. At least im not the only one who has seen something interesting at Big Moose Lake.
 
03/18/2013 08:51PM  
Very strange indeed, I am glad others have seen them. They are not planes, sattelites , or distant electric lights that is for sure.
 
03/18/2013 10:49PM  
Walleye 13 (I think that's his screen name) told me about very bright balls of light that would hover and then dart away when he was in the BW. He was with a large group and they all saw the lights. He told me he doesn't tell very many people about it. This was at the Chicago meet up earlier this year. His name is Mike from the quad cities I think. This happened to him years ago.



 
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03/18/2013 11:26PM  
I saw ball lightening in 2011 on loon lake. It was so cool. My friend a I looked up from the fire at 11 pm and there in the middle of the lake up in the sky was a ball of lightening the size of a car. It floated toward us then flashed away silently. Having seeing ball lightening before I explained to her what it was and how rare it is. I told her we were very lucky to see it.
 
03/19/2013 08:05AM  
TomT,

Yes, I did visit with you in Chicago about my strange encounter up in Kawnipi back in 1992. It was weird and I rarely tell the story since most folks will think I am crazy.

A group of 8 of us that included my 3 brothers, and my Dad were on our way to McKenzie bay off Kawnipi to basecamp for a week. We were coming in via Agnes Lake. On day 2 we were travelling into Bird Lake in early afternoon when we saw a bright burning light about the size of a football in the air about 6 ft. in the air down the portage trail approximately 100 feet away. It was burning like a sparkler you waved around as a kid on 4th of July. Everyone saw it. We put on our packs and canoes and proceeded on portage to Anubis Lake. Well, the burning light ball went right down the path with us but would never let us get within more than 100 to 150 feet of it. It was the nuts.

We all thought that what we were seeing was an optical illusion of some sort. When we reached the end of the portage, the light just stayed out on the lake. We all turned around and proceeded to get the rest of our gear as we double portage. The burning light followed us right back to where we landed. And it stayed in front of us again all the way to where we left our canoes at the end of the portage.

We all couldn't believe it. We paddled into Bird and proceeded on to McVicar and on to McKenzie Bay. This damn light just followed us the whole way. We couldn't believe that this light was following us. heck it was with us right out in the middle of Kawnipi Lake. When we were getting set up on an island site at McKenzie Bay we all just pretended that the light wasn't there. We finished supper and darn if the light was gone. Never saw it disappear. It was just gone. Hallaleuia... After a few cocktails around a campfire we hit the sack . We were all relieved that this light had decided to leave us alone. We all fell a sleep as we were all dead tired .

My youngest brother gets up in the middle of the night to relieve himself. Well, wouldn't you believe it ...the burning light is showing itself down by the shoreline where we had tied up our canoes. He woke us all up to point out that the light was back. We all got up and sure enough it was back.

We decided it best to all go back to sleep as we were all exhausted. When we woke up the light was gone. Never saw it again.

When we got back to Prairie Portage I went up to the Canadian ranger station and told old Quetico Mike about our strange encounter and asked if he had heard any stories from other paddlers in the Q that saw a burning light like the one we saw. He said yes, that over the years he has heard several stories like mine about seeing a burning light about the size of a football. In fact, he has heard stories about other strange lights in the woods.

My 3 brothers and Dad from Connecticut never made another trip into Quetico. But on family get togethers, the burning light story comes up from time to time. I have gone to the Q eighteen times since then and have never seen that burning light.







 
03/20/2013 01:07PM  
Wally- is one of your brother's name Moses? That's quite an interesting story. Kind of gave me goosebumps.
 
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03/20/2013 01:18PM  
quote gutmon: "Wally- is one of your brother's name Moses?"

That was the first thing I thought of too. : )

 
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03/20/2013 03:29PM  
Wally, tell me how in the heck you went to sleep that night? If I saw something like that there is no way I would be sleeping for days.
 
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03/20/2013 06:37PM  
Nothing too bizarre in comparison to what some of you had posted. But interestingly enough. While winter camping and tip up fishing on Bower Trout in the late 80's, three of us were out on the ice watching what we thought was a satellite just about straight over head. It was during one of those arctic high pressure systems when the night sky is dead still and clear as a bell. We watched this thing travel fast in a straight line like satellites do and thought nothing of it. That demeanor was about to change when this thing came to a sudden stop and for a few seconds, it blended in with the larger stars in the galaxy. Then it took off, fast, and at a right angle! No sound, no contrail or flash, just this thing that went so totally against the laws of "known" physics. And disappeared. Our jaws dropped as we just looked at each other with that blank Barney Fife expression.

I can't say I'm a believer, nor can I say I'm an unbeliever. I trend to the thoughts of Albert Einstein who said, "what we know of the universe,is miniscule in comparison to what we don't know."

 
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03/20/2013 07:36PM  
quote Savage Voyageur: "Wally, tell me how in the heck you went to sleep that night? If I saw something like that there is no way I would be sleeping for days. "

Im afraid to go to sleep tonight now!
 
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01/03/2020 03:16PM  
Is anyone aware of any agencies using drones along the border? On a trip last Summer my group saw two sets of flashing green and red lights hovering over a ridge across from our campsite near the border. The ridge obscured the flashing lights altitude, but I would guess maybe ~300ft off the ground and quite a ways away. They were also quite a distance apart from one another, but at what appeared to be a similar altitude. I honestly cannot remember if this was on Knife Lake or Red Rock (it was a long trip). I remember both sites were facing north and reasonably close to the border. I remember reading another thread about similar lights being seen.

Thanks,
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01/03/2020 04:54PM  
Walllee,
About ten years ago...might have even been 2011.
Mid Summer, on my dock (Shagawa Lake), late at night, talking to my buddy on cell phone.
Suddenly I said to him, "I'm looking at UFOs"
He laughed.
I was sober.
Looking down the lake to the West and beyond, there were three glowing disk shapes hovering.
I can only speculate, but I'd say about two miles away, and a few hundred feet in the air.
I just said to him..."I don't know what I'm seeing"
No camera phone then.
They hovered for about 20 seconds, then disappeared, initiated with fast movement.
I wasn't at all scared, but just kind of laughed it off.
Logical explanation ?.....I'm guessing there is... pranksters with lit up drones ?...I don't know what technology was out there then.
I don't believe in Aliens, until I'm proven they exist.
But they were Unidentified Lights to me.
I've probably only brought it up 6 or 8 times since, including this post.

By the way..."It Came From Outer Space", is on the Svenghoolie Movie tomorrow night.
 
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01/03/2020 07:30PM  
Basspro69: "quote jcavenagh: "quote MrBreeze: "We came to the end of the portage from Wind Bay on Basswood to Wind Lake and found a young woman sitting at the end of the portage. There was no canoe and no one else on the portage trail. Thought that was strange. When we talked with her, she had to go back down the trail to Basswood to get a lost item and when she came back her group was gone. Not even on Wind Lake. We made room for her and half way down the portage from Wind to Moose, we ran into her group. They totally left her behind. Always wondered what they were smoking that day to leave a crew member behind in the woods.
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WTF?!?!?"
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Sounds like a story from a James Fenimore Cooper novel.


 
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01/09/2020 03:10PM  
Wally13: "TomT,


Yes, I did visit with you in Chicago about my strange encounter up in Kawnipi back in 1992. It was weird and I rarely tell the story since most folks will think I am crazy.


A group of 8 of us that included my 3 brothers, and my Dad were on our way to McKenzie bay off Kawnipi to basecamp for a week. We were coming in via Agnes Lake. On day 2 we were travelling into Bird Lake in early afternoon when we saw a bright burning light about the size of a football in the air about 6 ft. in the air down the portage trail approximately 100 feet away. It was burning like a sparkler you waved around as a kid on 4th of July. Everyone saw it. We put on our packs and canoes and proceeded on portage to Anubis Lake. Well, the burning light ball went right down the path with us but would never let us get within more than 100 to 150 feet of it. It was the nuts.


We all thought that what we were seeing was an optical illusion of some sort. When we reached the end of the portage, the light just stayed out on the lake. We all turned around and proceeded to get the rest of our gear as we double portage. The burning light followed us right back to where we landed. And it stayed in front of us again all the way to where we left our canoes at the end of the portage.


We all couldn't believe it. We paddled into Bird and proceeded on to McVicar and on to McKenzie Bay. This damn light just followed us the whole way. We couldn't believe that this light was following us. heck it was with us right out in the middle of Kawnipi Lake. When we were getting set up on an island site at McKenzie Bay we all just pretended that the light wasn't there. We finished supper and darn if the light was gone. Never saw it disappear. It was just gone. Hallaleuia... After a few cocktails around a campfire we hit the sack . We were all relieved that this light had decided to leave us alone. We all fell a sleep as we were all dead tired .


My youngest brother gets up in the middle of the night to relieve himself. Well, wouldn't you believe it ...the burning light is showing itself down by the shoreline where we had tied up our canoes. He woke us all up to point out that the light was back. We all got up and sure enough it was back.


We decided it best to all go back to sleep as we were all exhausted. When we woke up the light was gone. Never saw it again.


When we got back to Prairie Portage I went up to the Canadian ranger station and told old Quetico Mike about our strange encounter and asked if he had heard any stories from other paddlers in the Q that saw a burning light like the one we saw. He said yes, that over the years he has heard several stories like mine about seeing a burning light about the size of a football. In fact, he has heard stories about other strange lights in the woods.


My 3 brothers and Dad from Connecticut never made another trip into Quetico. But on family get togethers, the burning light story comes up from time to time. I have gone to the Q eighteen times since then and have never seen that burning light.

My dad and I also saw what you described (in the Q). I forget what lake - I was 19 or 20 at the time (so about 7 or 8 years ago). We were both incredibly perplexed, but not threatened or nervous about it.







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MidwestMan
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01/09/2020 03:13PM  
My dad and I also saw what you described (in the Q). I forget what lake - I was 19 or 20 at the time (so about 7 or 8 years ago). We were both incredibly perplexed, but not threatened or nervous about it.
 
01/12/2020 05:18PM  
bruceye: "Nothing too bizarre in comparison to what some of you had posted. But interestingly enough. While winter camping and tip up fishing on Bower Trout in the late 80's, three of us were out on the ice watching what we thought was a satellite just about straight over head. It was during one of those arctic high pressure systems when the night sky is dead still and clear as a bell. We watched this thing travel fast in a straight line like satellites do and thought nothing of it. That demeanor was about to change when this thing came to a sudden stop and for a few seconds, it blended in with the larger stars in the galaxy. Then it took off, fast, and at a right angle! No sound, no contrail or flash, just this thing that went so totally against the laws of "known" physics. And disappeared. Our jaws dropped as we just looked at each other with that blank Barney Fife expression.


I can't say I'm a believer, nor can I say I'm an unbeliever. I trend to the thoughts of Albert Einstein who said, "what we know of the universe,is miniscule in comparison to what we don't know."


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Wow, I had basically the same experience! When was about 13, my family went camping in the middle of nowhere Utah. My mom and I were watching the stars before going to sleep. One of us pointed out a satellite and we both watched as it moved across the sky. Then it took a 90 degree turn and zoomed off, disappearing after about two inches (if you held your fingers two inches apart at arm's length). My mom and I both looked at each other and were like, "did that just happen?!" We were totally weirded out and literally miles from anybody so we didn't really want to talk about it and tried to just laugh it off and pretend everything was normal.
 
01/12/2020 05:47PM  
Not in the BW but a very credible sighting and video of it. It's an interview on the Joe Rogan podcast video with a retired Navy pilot who along with 3 others had a close encounter.

UFO Sighting/Video

 
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01/14/2020 06:56PM  
MrBreeze: "We came to the end of the portage from Wind Bay on Basswood to Wind Lake and found a young woman sitting at the end of the portage. There was no canoe and no one else on the portage trail. Thought that was strange. When we talked with her, she had to go back down the trail to Basswood to get a lost item and when she came back her group was gone. Not even on Wind Lake. We made room for her and half way down the portage from Wind to Moose, we ran into her group. They totally left her behind. Always wondered what they were smoking that day to leave a crew member behind in the woods.
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Finders Keepers?
 
WhiteWolf
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01/15/2020 03:27AM  
TomT: "Not in the BW but a very credible sighting and video of it. It's an interview on the Joe Rogan podcast video with a retired Navy pilot who along with 3 others had a close encounter.


UFO Sighting/Video


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Good Stuff.

I have worked graveyard shifts watching the weather for 20+ years at major Airports. Seen a few funky things. I know my astronomy , I know my meteorology and know aviation as far as what jets etc. look like -- I know what I see at night and I know what I saw was not of this world in how it moved so quickly and was gone in a flash. When I called ATC about the matter(s)- they were in confusion about what had just happened and really didn't want to talk about it- They also had seen the object(s) on radar and in person and was gone in flash. ( I learned this later)
There is "stuff" out there we know nothing about. Maybe that's why it gets covered up so much.
 
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01/15/2020 09:13AM  
Here's a brief video we shot on Saganagons after watching these lights dance for quite some time before I started recording.

Midwestman posted reference to this above. When I first noticed the two lights were far away from each other but they were getting closer, and looked like they were going to collide.

Saganagons Strange Lights
 
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01/15/2020 10:27AM  
MrBreeze: "We came to the end of the portage from Wind Bay on Basswood to Wind Lake and found a young woman sitting at the end of the portage. There was no canoe and no one else on the portage trail. Thought that was strange. When we talked with her, she had to go back down the trail to Basswood to get a lost item and when she came back her group was gone. Not even on Wind Lake. We made room for her and half way down the portage from Wind to Moose, we ran into her group. They totally left her behind. Always wondered what they were smoking that day to leave a crew member behind in the woods.
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Totally WTF. There's gotta be more to that story than you and I know about.

I've been a psychologist for 25 years and people baffle me now as much as they ever did.

Mike
 
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12/04/2020 07:52PM  
My buddy and I went to Astrid Lake for a 4 day trip this september. I have read of a couple supposed Bigfoot encounters in that area prior to the trip, didn't put too much creedence into it but I have to admit I gave it some thought prior to the trip. Funny, while up there I didn't even think of it once. We had a great trip in a beautiful spot and had the lake to ourselves.

Never gave it a thought until reading this thread tonight... on the last night we were sitting in camp around the fire and all of a sudden my buddy gets up and says what the hell was that? Unfortunately I don't hear very well at all so didn't catch it. But he was obviously freaked out by it. When I asked him about it he said that it wasn't a bear, or another animal, but wasn't human either. Hmmm...He said it was close, maybe 100 yards out of camp. I got the bear spray out and we tidied up the camp but the noise did not come back and we ended up sitting around the campfire for another hour or so. Like I said, never gave it another thought until tonight...

BTW I had not shared what I had read about Bigfoot encounters around Astrid with him prior to the trip.
 
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12/05/2020 06:42PM  
plexmidwest: " Here's a brief video we shot on Saganagons after watching these lights dance for quite some time before I started recording.


Midwestman posted reference to this above. When I first noticed the two lights were far away from each other but they were getting closer, and looked like they were going to collide.


Saganagons Strange Lights "


This video comes the closest I’ve seen to describing the lights I saw. It was early 1990s in Washington state. It was not nighttime. The sky was pretty light out so these lights were oddly bright. And I saw three lights in a triangle that looked exactly like this light and about the same height. I watched them trying to identify what they could possibly be. I couldn’t quite tell if they were staying stationary or moving towards me. Then, in an instant they darted up and right and disappeared. It was weird. It looked just like these lights.
 
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