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Sharing a cool night from last summer

Stacy
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April 8th, 2013, 3:19 am #1

'K peeps! We finally downloaded all our pics from last year (and some from the year before!) and decided this would be a cool thing to share, since we have pics to go along with it. What happened basically is this:

This was the long weekend around 4th of July, when we typically have good activity, and usually everyone makes it up together (which doesn't happen often). We rarely leave camp after dark, but Willy (Renthorin here and on the old BFF) made it, and he's not one to sit around camp doing nothing for very long, so he asked if anyone wanted to go out for a stroll, and Jim went with him. Here's what happened:



10:20 pm – Willy & Jim take a walk out on the trail to **** Rd. and the bridge that crosses the ***** River.

11:50-ish – Paul hears what sounds like distant rapid knocking to the south.
11:52 – Jim radios. They had a huge tree knocked down right beside them (past the bridge) and they think “it’s” coming our way. D radios that he’s walking out to join them.


What happened: When they got to **** Rd., as they walked just past the river there was a loud knock in the woods to the south. Willy and Jim stopped and waited there for about 5 minutes. There were no more knocks or sounds, so they moved on. Another 100 yds further along, just past the cabin with the long curved driveway on the north side (where the tree would later break), they heard a loud knock on the north side of the road. They again stopped and waited. Nothing further happened. So they walked on to the cornfield and sat in the field for 20 minutes. During that 20 minutes Jim showed Willy where certain incidents happened in that location, and I think Willy showed Jim where he had previously camped there.

Then they headed back along **** Rd. toward the camp trail, walking on the south side of the road as they did before. At the same place they last heard the knock on the North side, they stopped & waited. They heard another knock in the trees beside the yard. Willy & Jim walked into the yard down the driveway. They waited a while. Then they separated. Jim went further back into the yard to see, Willy waited where he was. There was another knock in the woods to the west of the yard, but close by, possibly to the left of the tree. They stood there waiting, hearing what sounded like something large and heavy IN the tree but moving down.

Jim coughed loudly. There was another knock. It was heavy, like a baseball bat against a tree, and about 20 to 30 feet away, at roughly their level. Still there were loud sounds of something moving downward IN the tree.

So Jim coughed again. Seconds later, a double knock. (All knocks were at ground level.) And more shuffling up in the tree. It sounded like branches were breaking, really close to them. And that’s when the tree came down.

They heard loud cracks and knew that the tree was coming down, side-stepped out of the way as it fell very close to them. Willy felt he heard some small sounds of something moving away on the other side of the tree. Immediately as the tree came down, they put their flashlights on and went in toward the tree. They looked all around at the size of the tree and looked for hairs on the bark, searched for tracks but found nothing.

Eventually, they started walking back and radioed the group at camp. D radioed that he was walking out to **** Rd to join them. Willy decided to start walking back to camp. When D arrived, he and Jim went to look for hairs.

As D and Jim were walking back to camp, on the south side of the first gate they heard rustling in the woods. Jim and D stopped and waited a few minutes, and Jim coughed. There was a knock from West, their Left.



The next night, all three guys went back out, accompanied by our son Sean and Jeff's son Luke. Nothing big happened, but in the same general area, off the road, they did hear sounds of something moving through the woods, and experienced a nasty smell the was just suddenly there, and just as suddenly gone.

So Saturday, the day after the big tree-fall night, we all drove out to see, take pics, and document what we could. (The yard where this took place is nearly surrounded by woods and is just a seasonal cabin... whoever owns it wasn't up that weekend.)


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Stacy
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April 8th, 2013, 3:27 pm #2

So, some pics. This first one shows how high up the break was, and how big this tree was. There was no rot, it was alive and healthy. For reference, D, the tall guy, it 6'6".


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April 8th, 2013, 3:31 pm #3

Sean next to it...


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Stacy
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April 8th, 2013, 3:32 pm #4


Just the group checking it out...


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Stacy
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April 8th, 2013, 3:34 pm #5


Pat checking it out...





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Stacy
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April 8th, 2013, 3:38 pm #6

A pile of cut grass immediately to the left of the tree, where it looks like the cabin owner dumped his clippings. Inconclusive, but we got the impression that whatever was IN the tree jumped down when it broke, landed on that grass pile, and took off from there. The darker, damper patch it roughly the right size and shape.


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April 8th, 2013, 3:40 pm #7

Again nothing conclusive, but a few feet past the grass pile it looks as though something disturbed the leaf cover there.... possibly another foot as it took off?


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Just Curious
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April 9th, 2013, 4:50 am #8

Thanks Stacy! A nice report with pictures that do in fact show what you're saying. I would add that although I'm not sure which night it was, that according to historical weather information, the maximum wind gusts were only 25ish MPH which is not enough to cause this to happen.

And showing the size of the tree rules out a raccoon.

Showing the prints in the clippings gives plausible evidence of something with human shaped footprints as a culprit - as opposed to a large cat for example.

Interesting...thanks for sharing!
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Stacy
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April 9th, 2013, 12:59 pm #9

Glad you enjoyed it!

This took place the evening of Friday, June 29th, 2012. I didn't remember there being any wind or breeze even (the vast majority of the time, even if the wind gusts all day, it dies down in the evening), but I went and checked Pat's notes--she's great about recording the details :D--which indicate that it was 61 degrees with no wind.
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Susan
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April 10th, 2013, 4:45 am #10

Very cool!!! That is a big-ass tree!!
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