Hello Readers, long time no see. It’s been a busy couple of weeks but I am glad to be “putting pen to paper” again. I know I have had 2 weeks to get my head together, I will tell you I have been on the fence on what to write about, but I have it narrowed down to ‘Window Areas’ or ‘the Trickster’. These 2 subjects have been fighting it out in my head for days. The winner is, by technicality, going to be ‘Window Areas’ as it most relates to my previous 2 articles…
What is a ‘Window Area’ you may say…well glad you asked. ‘Window Areas’ are certain places of high strangeness in the world where these ‘windows’ are opened to see, to let in, and be a focal point of all kinds of bizarre occurrences and happenings. Things including but not limited to:
· Hauntings and Ghosts
· Cryptids and Monsters
· Time slips
· People Disappearing w/ no physical evidence
· Odd Animal Behavior
· Animal Mutilations
· Curses locations or landmarks
· Malfunctioning Electronics
· Mysterious Humanoid Sightings
Any one of these occurring somewhere can be considered odd, even two or three at once since paranormal phenomenon tends to happen in clusters (especially on Wednesdays, but that is a whole other conversation). But, more often than not, these are all one ofs or will occur in a ‘flap’ for a certain period of time and die out. But in a Window Area, you have many the items from the list, plus more, occurring regularly for as long as people can remember.
The most well-known, although by far not the most active or strangest, would be the Bermuda Triangle. For as long as people have been recording history there, that section of the ocean has had a reputation for freak storms, compass/electronics malfunction, Unidentified Flying Objects, Unidentified Submerged Objects, missing people, missing crafts, ghost crafts, time slips, mysterious islands appearing and disappearing, and all manner of oddness. Probably one of the most well-known and publicized of these was Flight 19.
The quick summary of Flight 19 goes as such; 5 Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers took off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine 3-hour training mission. Around 2 hours after take-off, the squadron leader radioed the tower to report that his compass and back-up compass were not working and was unsure of his position. He also radioed that the 4 other pilots were having the same issue. After 2 more hours of comms, confusing messages, and the tower’s inability to locate the missing planes, a garbled message came through from the squadron leader giving orders to ditch their craft due to lack of fuel. To add to the strangeness, a Mariner rescue aircraft was dispatched w/ a 13-man crew. Three minutes after take-off, the Mariner radioed in to report that the mission was underway…that was the last anyone ever heard from that craft as well.
Turning more inland, let’s take a look at the Disneyland of Window Areas, Skinwalker Ranch. This 500-acre hotspot is in Utah and has tales going back hundreds of years as told by the Native Tribes in that region. This site, while known to some mainly through newspaper articles and the occasional news story, started to gain notice in the 1990s when the current residents of the time began reporting sightings of UFOs, bigfoot-like creatures, glowing orbs, poltergeist activity, and cattle mutilations. At this time, Bigelow Airspace owner Robert Bigelow, purchased the ranch and locked it down so he could have his own privately funded research team, National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), study and research the location w/o public interference. The ranch was really launched into the public eye in 2005 by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp when they co-authored Hunt for the Skinwalker, which shared much of their experiences on the Ranch during their time with NIDS. A quick blurb from Wikipedia describes their experiences: “According to Kelleher and Knapp, they saw or investigated evidence of close to 100 incidents that include vanishing and mutilated cattle, sightings of unidentified flying objects or orbs, large animals with piercing red eyes that they say were not injured when struck by bullets, and invisible objects emitting destructive magnetic fields.”
The last, but not least, of the three locations I will talk about is Mount Nyangani in Zimbabwe. It has some of my most favorite paranormal tales associated with it. According to the locals, this is a sacred mountain that is home to many ancestral spirits, vengeful ghosts, supernatural entities, and elemental energies that control and shape the landscape at will. There is a long list of dos and do nots that one has to abide by if they want to go to the mountain and return safely. These include asking permission of the village elders and the spirits that reside there, no profanity, no sex, no red clothes, no using the rest room on the mountain, and especially ignore all animals that may be acting oddly. Breaking any of these rules usually resulted in bad fortune, people going missing, or freak accidents. Here is one of the more recent tales that caught my eye about Nyangani (excerpted from another article):
A twenty year old British tourist named Thomas Gaisford, who bravely went out to explore Mount Nyangani in November of 2014. A second-year university student, Gaisford had won an award called the Wallace Watson Award Lectures, which helps and funds students to make rugged treks to remote areas for study and has the objective of helping students to “gain a greater ability and self-confidence in handling physical and mental adversity and a better appreciation of other cultures and ways of life”. The adventurous young man embarked on a trip to the summit of the mountain alone, but was enthusiastic and optimistic about the ordeal. However, things would take a turn for the strange rather quickly.
At around 3 PM, Gaisford claims that an unusually thick bank of fog descended from the mountain to fully engulf him. Disoriented and unable to find his way through the murky soup of fog that had surrounded him, Gaisford decided to set up camp and pitch a tent to wait out the strange weather, shortly after which an abrupt, heavy rain began to lash out at him. He would end up staying there overnight, and in the encroaching darkness, he reported that he had been watched and circled by various animals which had seemed to almost be keeping an eye on him or studying him. He followed the advice and warnings of local villagers who had told him to ignore any animals that were acting strangely, which they said meant that they were not of this world. He would later say of the whole bizarre and unsettling experience:
“I prayed and slept there for 10 hours. Several scary snakes approached me. I never disturbed them. They came in numbers, but I stood still. Various animals frequented the place and I could see shining red eyes of several animals staring at me. My character was tested. I remained steadfast. I woke up the following morning after the fog had cleared. I climbed down before I proceeded to Leopard Rock on foot.”
The link to the full article this was pulled from here: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/01/vanishings-and-high-strangeness-at-africas-cursed-mountain/
Those three locations are just the tip of the ‘Window Area’ iceberg and none of those oh too brief descriptions do them justice. What is more mysterious than the happenings of these locations, are what makes them a ‘Window Area’. There is no one answer or catch-all for it. The theories include ley lines, high quartz or granite content, high electromagnetics, or the most commonly, the veil between dimensions is thinner allowing things to slip in and out at will or sometimes just completely by accident. Once you start pulling the string on this subject, it does not take long to get tangled up in every sort of paranormal phenomenon you can imagine.
If you are interested in this subject, I would encourage you to dig deeper into this and other areas. Here are a few you can explore:
· Mount Shasta
· Bridgewater Triangle
· Burlington Triangle
· Australia’s Black Mountain
· Australia’s Blue Mountains
· Zone of Silence in Mexico
On that note, I know this was not one of my usual Rabbit Hole trips but I do thank you for hanging out with me and going on a small trip to a few exotic locations…