Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

03 February 2010

Sand Mountain , Another Paranormal Hot Spot?

It's funny how looking into areas where one type of phenomenon occurs can lead to the discovery of the existence or history of others. There are well-known hot spots like the Skinwalker Ranch, the Bridgewater Triangle, and the so-called "Contact Ranch". There appear to be many more of these areas which some researchers refer to as portals or gateway areas.
I call an area a hot spot or gateway if it has a history of cross-phenominal occurances. UFOs, Bigfoot (or other creature sightings), cattle mutilations, and/or "shadowy government operations", plus any other signs of heavy weirdness. Some people may include hauntings or poltergeist activity, but IMO hauntings, or at least reputed hauntings, are so ubiquitous they don't really bear inclusion.
Part of the difficulty in locating hot spots is that the groups who research and report anomalous phenomena concentrate and report on their one particular area of interest and don't look into other activity. Cryptozoologists who consider Bigfoot an undiscovered ape aren't interested in UFO sightings. Ufologists don't investigate cryptid sightings. Ghost hunters aren't interested in black helicopters and so on. So, anomaly researchers have to plow through reports from these various "disciplines" to determine just how "hot" an area is, just how many of these reports overlap geographically.
The Alabama/Georgia border area is home to the famous Troup-Heard Corridor. The THC is known as an active UFO area. But, it is also home to numerous reports of Bigfoot/cryptid sightings, and both "black" and marked military aircraft and helicopters are reported also. The THC as a whole seems host to enough High Strangeness to be considered a hot spot.
I'm currently putting together a file of sorts on another Alabama region which appently has a history of playing host to a variety of phenomena: the Sand Mountain area. This is an area I could really "tear up" if Bigelow ever decides to come across with some funding! :)
Stay tuned!

3 comments:

Autumnforest said...

I'm thrilled you did this post. I started looking up reports in that area and I was really impressed with the geology of the area--you notice this in mining areas and mountain areas--a lot of these reports. I don't think that's incidental. I think it's tied somehow. Some of the people's stories from that area rang very true. I think it might be a hidden gem and perhaps doesn't get as much reporting because of a fairly large area not usually seen by people because of population amounts. I'll be curious to see what you come up with. Thrilling! There's so many ways you can research it from MUFON reports to even missing persons in the area...

Above the Norm said...

I always thought that behind every reported sightings that become big stories there are many smaller stories yet to be told. I'm trying to find them around my state AZ. Love your post...
~Julie~

Gummerfan said...

I've got a LOT more material to cover.
Autumn, there's a certain geological feature that may interest you, stay tuned!