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Occurred : 5/15/2004 14:30 (Entered as : 05/15/2004 14:30)
Reported: 5/21/2004 1:00:18 PM 13:00
Posted: 6/4/2004
Location: Portland, OR
Shape: Rectangle
Duration:10 minutes
Dark Cylinder/ Rectangular flying object dips in and out of low clouds over Portland, Oregon

Personal Testament of Experience on 5/15/04 in Portland, Oregon Last Saturday, my next door neighbor and I went on a bike ride down the east side bike path in Portland. We stopped by a friend’s work during her lunch break and then continued on our bike ride down towards the Steel Bridge. We went under the Burnside Bridge on the bike/walk dock and neighbor stopped suddenly on her bike in front of me. I thought that something was wrong with her bike at first because she stopped so abruptly. I came to a stop behind her and looked up to where she was looking. We both saw what seemed to be a huge metallic pipe floating in the sky. The sky was covered with very low clouds and scattered light showers. The pipe was moving slowly from the north in and out of the clouds and then began moving south parallel with I-5, but more so above the east side of Portland.

During the bike ride I was in the process of photographing Portland’s bridges for my grandfather who is a retired civil engineer. I remembered that I had my digital camera with and scrambled to pull it out of my bike bag. I began to photograph the object in the sky (between 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm on 5/ 15/ 04). Once I started taking pictures the object leveled out, flattened, and moved slowly towards us. I took the picture and looked around to see if anyone else noticed this thing. I was surprised when I realized that virtually no one else was out on the dock that afternoon. There was one runner, a woman that glanced up and over her shoulder when she ran by to see what we were staring at. She did not stop to look and I doubt that she saw the object from the angle at which she turned her head. We did not say anything to the runner because we were completely stunned by what we thought we were experiencing. The object remained flat and continued to hover above us. I took a couple more pictures and then I got a really weird feeling that I should not be taking these photos. I put my camera down out of respect for the object (I don’t know why). Neighbor and I just stared at the pipe/ or disk (looked more like a pipe-disk the closer it came because I could see a slight bend at each corner). I can not tell if it was my eyes playing tricks on me or the pipe emanating energy towards us. It looked like a shifting aura or something that was pulsing towards us. Something like a light or small sun beams that break through clouds, but it was not very bright and rather bluish-white-grayish.

I then decided to us my video mode on digital camera because I knew my other friend would not believe what I had seen if I did not have moving footage. Unfortunately I cannot zoom in on video mode like I am able to with still shots, but I worked with what I had. I began to film the object and it began to move away from us heading east. I filmed the I-5 and then back to the sky to put the event in perspective. The object continued to move away and then turned slightly to the left/ north. It began to move further away and I stopped filming because I was frightened. When the object was close I was not scared but more so in awe of the event, however, when the object moved away I began to panic because I felt I had seen something I should not have (don’t know why again). I felt that the object was still watching us even though now behind the clouds. I also felt that the object could hear us or knew what we were thinking. I then turned to neighbor and made her promise that we would not tell anyone, out of respect towards whatever that was. We expressly agreed with a hand shake (in my head I figured that they needed to see this) and got back on our bikes and headed north towards the steel bridge slowly. We could still see the object but I just wanted to get out there. The object dipped back down out of the clouds and then went up and slightly towards to north out of sight.

While we were riding away I checked to see if neighbor was all right. I felt funky through my entire body and pretty confused (not to the point of disorientation though). She asked me why I wanted to know if she was all right, I did not answer her and continued to ride across the bridge. We barely said a word to each other for the rest of the ride, only a “what the hell was that” every now and then. When I got home I put the pictures in my computer and I was surprised to see that the camera picked up the object on video. I showed neighbor and we really didn’t talk about it much until later that night after we had a couple beers. We totally broke our earlier agreement because the excitement of what had happened earlier hit us after a few beers. We decided to show the photos only to people that we thought could appreciate them. The more we showed the photos, the more we wanted to continue to show the photos. Many of our friends say that they got chills when they viewed the pictures on my computer. It really was exciting for everyone and I am glad to a certain extent that we broke the agreement to not tell anyone.

I have not contacted this web page sooner than today because I am fearful of the ramifications. I am fearful of the secrecies within government and I am ignorant to whatever it was that was looking back at us on the dock. I hope that by sharing this story and pictures with everyone will help in some way. I don’t know how it will help but I know that it was one of the most amazing things I have seen occur in the sky. The next day I went to the ocean for a friend’s birthday and took a picture of my first whale. This little camera is the best investment I have made this year. Thanks for listening, there are few more post sighting experiences that I have not included because I do not know if they are relevant…I don’t even know what I experienced. I would like to talk with someone in person before I share any of that.

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