Jim Bennett

Whenever I hear anyone talking about seeing UFO’s or being abducted by aliens I sit back and scratch my head. Depending on the story I think they better keep out of the woods away from squirrels harvesting winter food because they’re a little nuts. Then there are those people who make sense of sightings like pilots and witnesses of government cover-ups.  I really enjoyed E.T. and Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind but movies aren’t reality...

Looking back on our May 14 trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) there was group leader Eric Duffy, he owns trailer construction company, my son Josh sales and production manager for a tear drop camping trailer business, and Tabatha and Micah Wegner, married, she’s a nurse and he’s a design engineer and me, a retired grandpa who enjoys writing. Normal people.

After a day of fishing and a great cookout it was time to talk, relax and enjoy a star filled sky beside a campfire under a nearly full moon. I hadn’t notice Josh walk down by the lake until he said with some urgency, “You guys better all come down here.”

No one heisted and after arriving Josh pointed up towards the sky and we all looked and I’m sure all our jaws dropped simultaneously. We all saw it and we all immediate try to rationalize and explain it. But as hard as we tried using our brains, past experiences, science or reasoning there was no way we could explain what we were seeing.

High in the sky, not quite directly above us was a string of lights moving from west northwest to east southeast. There was no sound and we had no idea how high up they were or how fast they were moving. There were about 50, or so we guessed, with the first and about every 5th round white light seemingly brighter than the others in the long straight string. As hard as we tried to come up with an answer there was none. We joked after rationale failed hoping there would be no big flashlight from the sky to beam us up. With no iphone service we were left with only our imaginations and speculations but no answers were found.

The next night during the lunar eclipse the lights appeared again. We tried to follow them through the sky but they vanished behind the trees. It was getting weird. The next morning someone in our group got enough service to answer the obvious question. Space X Starlink had launched a string of satellites into the sky and they were being seen by other BWCA camps besides us to people in Tennessee. According to my I.T. guru, “They’re trying to link strings of satellites together around earth to create a better communication system.” I was just happy we weren’t all going nuts.

Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix Valley and can be reached at jamesbennett24@gmail.com  for comments.

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