August 28th 2004

Santa Cruz Mountains, California (Bay Area) Object Stayed Motionless

Date: August 28, 2004
Time: 10:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Just a quick note on something I saw over the Santa Cruz mountains...

I was sitting in out outside hot-tub at night, we live on (removed) so there are no streetlights and you always have a beautiful and clear view of the sky and the stars.

We were sitting there, looking up, and saw a light moving right to left across the sky (sorry, have no clue about if it was north, south, etc.) - I thought it could be a very high plane, possibly a satellite or something... but as we watched it, it suddenly stopped dead in its tracks, stayed motionless for a few moments (2 minutes at the most) and then went very fast about a 45 degree turn from its original trajectory... and it seemed that it went up at that angle, too.... and we could no longer see it - it was gone.

It was too far off to make out details, but its movement and suddenly stopping, and then suddenly zooming away at what must have been incredible speed made me think it might be something else... and with the reported rash of UFO sightings over the Bay Area lately, I wondered if I might have actually seen one.

Very curious, do you think this could be anything else? I was so excited about the though that I might have actually finally seen a UFO, but want to know if there is a more rational explanation first. I would love your input.

Thank you for your time.

Additional Information:

Q. - What color was the light itself ?

A. - It was white, no details, which is why I thought it was originally a plane flying very high or a satellite (you know what it looks like when you see a satellite passing overhead... just a plain white light, too far up to get details...

Q. - Can you please describe the appearance of the UFO: shape, size, distance, color, texture, sound.

A. - It was miles up, so like I said, I cannot even guess at size, no details other than its movement - just a moving light...

Q. - Describe the area in which you made the sighting. Is it near an airport? An Air Force Base? A military or research installation of any kind?

A. - No, this was in the Santa Cruz mountains in California (Bay Area). There is only one airport in the immediate vicinity, but still about a half hour driving distance... (San Jose International Airport) - Closest Military installation would be Moffett Field, in Mountain View, about an hour or less from where I was... these are large residents in the mountains above Santa Cruz, CA. and it is more wilderness than anything... no open field, just lots and lots of windy roads, chasms and trees... At night, it is very dark other than lights from the houses, but from any house, you can't see more than 1 or two in the distance... each property is anywhere from half an acre to 10 acres... very beautiful up there... if you look on a map, find highway 17 that goes from the central bay area (San Jose/Santa Clara) and follow it to the hills above Santa Cruz... a long road from the freeway is (removed). This would take you all the way up to Boulder Creek, CA. You can see from any internet sites about the area what the area is like if you wanted to know...

Q. - Also did you happen to see any aircraft in the area, just before, during or after the sighting ?

A. - No, I did not... it is rare to see planes in that area.... but it is possible, I just don't know for sure... I don't generally remember things like planes, unless it did something unusual...

Q. - When you first saw it, was it moving quickly or slow, this is before it came to a complete stop ?

A. - Seemed rather quick and steady in-line movement... but just stopped. Once it began moving again, it moved what seemed like twice as fast as it was before... the movement (before it stopped) was much like a fast moving plane... no noise, and if it was a plane, too far away to hear anything... it was moving fast enough to catch my attention... and after, it moved much quicker..

Q. - One more thing, did you happen to notice if you saw a trail or tail following behind it ?

A. - No, like I mentioned, very high up, and other than just a slight blur of light, no actual trail that I could tell.

Thank you to the witness for the great report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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