Close Encounters of The OMG Kind, Part VII
Joshua trees in the Nevada desert. Photo by Dustin Hodges (Omigod, Dibs!)
Standing on the road with the desert sun fading behind the mountains in the distance, I scanned the terrain, looking for anything I could find out of the ordinary. I looked across the vast, bare land with my binoculars, starting my surveillance with areas up close and working my sights out toward the mountains in the distance. I made sure I took my time looking for anything like people, vehicles, check-points unseen without optical assistance or cameras hidden within the Joshua trees and native brush that dotted the land.
After some extended period of time I panned my binoculars toward a large hillside to the west. I slowly focused my attention to the top of the mountain, scanning slowly from left to right. At this point I was about ready to stop my search when I noticed what looked like a tripod or some sort of camera mount with what looked to be a camera mounted on top. It was getting dark, and with the dusk light, it made seeing things difficult with the illusion of dark in slight sunlight, but even though the object I was seeing in the distance was just far enough out of maximum focus for my binoculars, I still had enough magnification to tell that this was absolutely something placed there, deliberately by man.
I was slightly shocked. I didn’t think that I would actually find anything, but there I was, sights focused on something on the hillside, silhouette in the falling sun behind the mountains. It was something that was definitely an optical device, a camera in the distance with no soul in sight near it. I pulled the binoculars away from my eyes and looked directly in the line of sight toward where I had been peeping through my optical magnifiers. Yep, I could see it now with the naked eye. Jenny had already gone back into the car at this point because it was beginning to get dark and it was starting to get chilly out. I was about to tell her from outside the car that I could see something, but then I could see another device further down the same hilltop I was looking at from the road. Near the very end of the hillside, in silhouette, I could see another camera and its stand near the edge of the hill where the face of the hillside began to descend down toward the desert floor. Now I could see two devices, yet there was not a person in sight, no vehicles anywhere on the mountain top either.
I thought it strange that there would be cameras set up, so close to the empty highway, not a soul in sight for miles and miles, so far away from where the supposed secret facilities and Air Force base were. Why would the government or whoever responsible be so concerned about setting up cameras upon the hilltops close to the road? Did they need to take such measures to guard themselves and keep close watch as to what was going on a mostly empty stretch of highway in the desert, miles away from their facilities? Did they really need to spy on the area? Is anyone spying on us right now? My imagination began to run wild at this point and I began to feel a rush of paranoia flood my internals. I felt almost naked standing there on the road, no one else but my wife in the car, my hands clasped to my binoculars. Were we alone? Could there be people in the desert stalking us? That was my cue to go in the car and lock the doors.
This concludes "Close Encounters of The OMG Kind, Part VII". Stay tuned for more of the adventure and close encounters of the OMG kind.
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Where to Stay
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