The first night we hiked a few miles in and decided to set up camp a good ways off from the established trail, in a small clearing alongside a large creek bed. We stayed up late into the night, finally settling in for bed around 1am. We had hung a 2 person hammock between two trees and had a thick hammock cover over us (it's fitted to feel just like being inside a tent) to protect from bugs or rain. We got snuggled in and turned off our headlamps to get some sleep. We laid inside there talking for a couple minutes in complete pitch darkness, when suddenly a bright light lit up the area around our feet just outside our tent. I was immediately shocked and scared and I shut my eyes hard and held my breath (I know, a weird reaction but I've never been in that situation and I was really scared and didn't know how to react). At that moment all I could think was, we are in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, and there is someone outside our tent with a flashlight on us.. and I figured it was probably bad news. But nothing happened, my friend didn't react or say anything, so I opened my eyes and let out my breath. I immediately looked down again and this time there were two balls of light INSIDE our hammock cover. One was smaller than the other but they were both small and extremely bright white. I looked at my friend in disbelief and his eyes were glued to balls of light. All of this happened within a matter of seconds and just as fast as they flashed on, that flashed off and it was dark again. As soon as they flashed off we both went into what the heck? mode and nearly killed each other trying to get out of the hammock and cover. He grabbed his flashlight and a knife and walked around yelling if anyone was there. I didn't really care to know what it was, I was terrified by whatever it was that I'd seen and sat with a flashlight next to the fire wrapped in a sleeping bag.
We contemplated leaving immediately, but it was close to 2am by this point and we had miles to go to get back to the car. Whatever is was, I didn't want to run into it again. So we abandoned our hammock, grabbed two sleeping bags, turned our lights off and crawled in the dark to what we felt was a safe distance from where we'd set camp. We didn't want to risk it coming back again. Neither of us slept much that night, nor did we talk much. We were both pretty scared out of our wits. The next day it was a relief when the sun came up. We slept in longer than usual and had a wonderful morning once we got up. I felt at peace again and we agreed to finish the backpacking trip and talk more about what happened once we got back home.
That day we continued our hike another 7 miles up a steep mountainside to a beautiful place called Gregory Bald. It was an extremely rugged exhausting hike and we arrived just before dark, again we were alone. We set up a tent on the ground this time, and since were we on a bald, there were no trees around I felt much better being able to see around me. We planned to wake at sunrise, a view you can't miss atop a bald! So we went to bed early without incident. I fell into a deep sleep, dreaming I was a part of an American Indian tribe. They wanted to play me a song using all different kinds of small drums, they began singing when I suddenly hear a loud "BOOM" (what sounded like a drum hit really hard, with a deep bass). My eye popped open and my heart was racing. I looked over and my friends eyes were wide open too. I said, did you hear that? He replied "I don't know what I just heard, but it was loud and jolted me awake". The drum was in my dream, so how could he have heard it to?! He couldn't remember his dream, but he said a loud boom had woken him up at nearly the exact same time as me. We were over 10 miles away from anything, in the middle of the forest, there was no one around, and definitely no large drums to be seen. We then noticed the sun was just beginning to rise, we had been woken up just in time. Again, we decided to talk more about it after we got home, and we set off to lay a blanket out and watch the sun come up.
Once we got home, we didn't get any further in figuring out what we'd seen and heard while in the mountains. I don't know if I would have believed what happened to us if I wouldn't have been there myself, had him there to confirm it. I honestly would have just called myself crazy or hallucinating. There have been a couple other really peculiar and strange things that had happened before this independent (and after), but I had always figured there was a scientific explanation for it. Now I'm starting to believe there is more out there than the eye can see.
Edited by TNVolMama, 17 February 2012 - 08:19 PM.