|Occurred : 10/19/2003 07:00 (Entered as : 10/19/2003 7:00)
Reported: 10/20/2003 1:32:12 PM 13:32
Location: Yermo/Ft. Irwin, CA
|Possible Craft Landing Site in Southern California Desert Near Military Base
Although I did not actually see a landing craft, I did have an opportunity to closely examine a large and most impressive alleged landing area that was brought to my attention by the owner of a small resort in the Southern California desert located 20 miles north of Yermo and about 11 miles south of the Ft. Irwin U.S. Army training facility.
The alleged landing took place approximately one week ago (10/10-11)at the Lake Beverly resort on the western edge of Coyote Dry Lake. The landing site is actually in a marshy area of the small artesian well fed lake itself near the end of a small unused wooden dock. The area is completely overgrown with a dense stand of very thick 6' to 8' tall cattail reeds. Whatever it was caused an area of flattened reeds approx. 20' long x 15' wide in a roughly oval shape.
Standing on the dock it is apparent that the reeds are neatly "laid down" in a very obvious "swirled" clockwise pattern. There is no stalk breakage and in several locations about the perimeter are large bundles of reeds that looked "blasted" out as if by some great force but still just "laid down". Numerous cattails have been burst open by the force.
In the bottom of the depression is a small area of browned reeds and what appear to be some randomly spaced depressions although the reeds have settled over these making them very difficult to discern. I did not venture out into the depression due the marshy conditions, but the property owner assured me that he had investigated the "landing gear pad" marks and found them to be equidistant (either 3 or 4 marks) and pushed deep into the soft lake bottom.
The property owner did not actually see what caused the disturbed area but found it the next morning. He admitted that the appearance of this "landing site" coincides with weeks of nocturnal light sightings in the area. I plan to return to the site next weekend to take photos, measurements, etc. This really looks weird to say the least.