In order to cover the eastern aspect of the Blue Mountains we conducted a pre-
By 1.30pm we were at 'Site B' and setting up base camp. Over the five days we had
the pleasures of meeting the local wildlife: brown snakes, scorpions and bird-
There was a shift change at 1.00am. Now, Larraine and Phillip were left watching
the night sky. At 2.47am a silent pulsating golden light appeared from NW heading
SE. As it approached all electronic equipment went dead. Furthermore, the batteries
in two torches were drained to a point of depletion. But as the anomaly gained distance,
Phil's video camera automatically switched 'on' and recorded the last few seconds
of the sighting. After doing an analysis of the recording (freeze frame with enhancement
and light level adjustments) I was astounded to find an outline of a classic 'flying
disc' with a dome-
Was it interested in the condition of our water supply? Was it assessing the chemical and/or mineral contents or was there some other motivation? This is an addition to the amazing images we have accumulated of UFOs in the Blue Mountains.
The following day was met with further observations. At night fall the clouds gathered in and a thick mist shrouded the valley before us. We persevered.
Around 9.00pm a strong odour spread throughout the camp. The foul stench was unpleasant and we scanned around the campsite for visitors. There was no sound whatsoever. In fact the entire surroundings became an eerie silence. It is worthy of mention that after base camp was established the previous day I had set a trip wire (fishing line) linked to an electronic buzzer for our safety. We were all waiting for it to go off!
The odour came and went and finally around 10.00pm we were glad to be rid of it. We assumed that whatever lurked within the trees and ferns had eventually graced us with its absence.
It was now 25th September. The changing weather only gave us a few hours of observing time. Kellie had to return home and we escorted her to the top of the plateau. At 4.15pm Frank arrived in his 4WD and gave the remaining team supplies to see us out for the next few days.
By the time we reached base camp it was dark and raining. The elements were against
us that day. Next day was my 34th birthday and I spent most of it in my tent. Base
camp was battered by rain and strong winds. Despite the unpleasant circumstances,
the weather did give us a few hours break -
The weather was getting worse. Around 1.00pm we were getting ready to pack our equipment when we heard a helicopter approaching at low altitude from the eastern mountain ranges. We trained our binoculars on the approaching aircraft and discovered that it was a black, unmarked helicopter! More rain, spiced with distant thunderstorms brought an end to our day.
At 12.25am Phillip alerted me that the sky had cleared up. It was our final night and the break we needed. But that did not last long. 45 minutes before a total whiteout a star like object was observed in the southeast hovering above the Burragorang Lake system. Like a light bulb being switched off the object vanished within a fraction of a second.
The night watch came to an end around 3.00am. 27th September 2005 was the official end of our expedition. Floundering through wet foliage and mud we made it to the top of the plateau where Kellie and Andrea arrived in a 4WD just before another down pour.
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