Some UFO events include the appearance of strange entities that don't seem to be extraterrestrial, but they don't appear to be cryptozoological either. Of course, we don't know what extraterrestrial is or what it should look like, not really, so we can't assume something is, or, isn't, from outer space. But if some of these weird beings aren't from outer space, and they don't seem to be "animals" what are they?
One UFO case that has seemingly one of a kind, "not quite animal / not quite alien" entities is the Oregon Reeves case. In the spring of 1966, on the central Oregon coast in the town of Newport, on Pioneer Mountain Road, the Reeves family experienced several nights of UFO related high strangeness. It all began when sixteen year old Kathy Reeves was walking home with a friend across a large field when they saw three, small "walking stumps" moving across the field. They were multicolored; (some writers have them wearing outfits, other say the objects were themselves colored) orange, white, yellow, blue even "watermelon" colored. Were these "stumps" machines? Biological? Animals, or aliens?
Were these awkwardly moving, headless "stumps" alien? They were seen in proximity to a machine or craft of some kind that gave off smoke and seemed to be surrounded by lights. Was this a crashed saucer from outer space? Or were the strange events of 1966 a military experiment of some kind? Recently the blog Naveed's Realm posted an interesting item about hidden bases, including two in Oregon; one in the Crater Lake area, and one in the Newport area:
located around the Lincoln City area (on the gorgeous Oregon Coast) in the Van Duzer Corridor. There people have seen everything from weird lights to army bases somewhere in the woods. One couple apparently even had some missing time out in that area, which tends to be a good sign of alien abduction.
A perfect setting for all kinds of juicy conspiracy black ops/psy ops kind of theories. (Which doesn't' make it any the less possible.)
Was the Reeves case paranormal, rather than military or alien? One couple said they saw entities that looked like a cyclops in the area. The Reeves experience was not pleasant, they were plagued by strange moving lights and other phenomena, and ended up moving out of their home. Clumsily multicolored stumps that walked, smoking machines, colored lights with no discernible source, "cyclops," ... something very weird was going on in Newport, Oregon in 1966. After all, the area has a history of high strangeness in general, including UFO events. It does appear that in some UFO and alien events, the UFOs and entities seem to mimic paranormal, ghost like or poltergeist phenomena. The Newport area is indeed a portal of paranormal, inter-dimensiaonl activity, facilitating all kinds of Fortean phenomena to come through. There are other cases that I'll write about in future Trickster Realm columns.
As to the Reeves case, as weirdly unique as it was, the strange occurrences did happen during a nation wide UFO flap. Whether the strange stumps were related to UFOs from space, entering through the "new port" or something utterly paranormal, we'll probably never know.
One last thing: as we know, moments of synchronicity happen all the time when researching UFOs and esoteric subjects. I had just finished this article, when I took a break and checked my e-mail. And found that Chris Holly, one of the contributor's to my blog Women Of Esoterica, had just submitted an article -- The 60's A Hot Bed of UFO Activity for Long Island New York -- on the UFO flap in the 1960s!
Loren Coleman: Mothman and Other Curious Encounters (p168)
Photographs by Regan Lee