In February of 2015, after months of online research into CE5 (Close Encounters of the 5th Kind), we set out on a first-time 9-day exploratory expedition. For us, it’s all about settling in and immersing ourselves in each and every culture, or community, that embraces this form of phenomena. Ultimately, we needed to venture out, learn from fellow ufologists, to skywatch and not to get into any trouble … well, at least not right away!
Our first stop was Nevada’s Area 51, and lunch at the Little A’Le’Inn, where our minds were filled with countless stories of a secret alien base and multiple encounters with unidentified crafts. Even though it was exciting, driving up to the famed gate, soon, our role simply became that of tourist, as we enthusiastically traversed the Extraterrestrial Highway, in search of the unknown.
Soon, we began our extended road trip to Phoenix, Arizona, to talk to Jeff Willes, who was a prominent videographer of the “Phoenix Lights” incident, which was a prolific and mass UFO sighting witnessed by thousands of people, in 1997. It was a 10-hour drive, but we enjoyed the vast landscape and the discussions of all-things other-worldly. Upon meeting Jeff, our minds were opened up even further, as he detailed multiple experiences he had with ‘strange lights’ in the sky (and in his home) over an extended period of time in his life. He had also appeared on various TV programs, where his footage had been deemed authentic, based on the fact that it could not be replicated, through a series of real-time experiments. It was this early understanding, that building real science into this experience, would be critical. It was also with Jeff, that more discussions on CE5, or direct communication contact between humans and extraterrestrials, began to unfold. We also had our first in-the-field skywatching opportunity that did not yield any direct contact or results. We continued our road trip into California, where science fiction evolved into science fact, with our introduction to Hans Boysen. Hans mediates CE5 group skywatches in multiple locations throughout Los Angeles and has dedicated countless hours to studying atmospheric anomalies, which was evident with a high-end telescopic unit that was poised for action right in his own backyard.
He introduced us to many of his science-based theories, like for example, the sky above being like the ocean, also filled with many unidentified creatures. This is is referred to as cryptozoology, and with that, more information was added to our research. Hans also discussed in detail, what he refers to as indications of imitation, when it comes to many objects in the sky, including balloons and birds.
We were invited to attend and experience CE5 with the LA UFO Channel group. They were an incredible group of people, dedicated to the truest form of communication, beyond our stars. We learned the early techniques of creating those connections, but, we were also technologically ill prepared. We witnessed many anomalous objects in the skies over LA, but suffered from ‘Look it’s a UFO … grab your worst camera’ syndrome!