A pasport is not required to travel around in your own backyard. Plenty of adventures await those who take the time to explore the country, state, and neighborhoods where they live.
I’ve been guilty of a failure to travel locally in the past. Did you know I once lived in Hawaii for a year, and never even visited Pearl Harbor? Completely unacceptable!
We often take for granted the many interesting and historic places around us. If you don’t have the money or time to visit India, Paris, or Antarctica, don’t worry.
There are many travel experiences available around your hometown.
You just need to make an effort to discover them.
America’s First Reported Alien Abduction
While home visiting family for a few weeks in the state of New Hampshire (located in the North Eastern United States), I had a sudden urge to go on a little travel adventure. It just so happened to be September 19th, the 50th anniversary of the Betty & Barney Hill Incident.
On the night of September 19th, 1961, Betty & Barney Hill were heading home from a vacation in Montreal, Canada. While driving South on Route 3 in New Hampshire, they both witnessed something in the sky.
Shooting Stars? Airplanes? Something Else?
The couple assumed it was a falling star at first. But as they kept driving, they changed their minds and decided it was an airplane.
But it continued to get closer and moved erratically through the sky, causing them to stop the car altogether and get out for a better look with some binoculars.
After a while their curiosity quickly turned into paralyzing fear when a pancake shaped craft hovered only 100 feet directly over them, and through the binoculars they witnessed 8-10 human-like creatures moving around inside.
This was no airplane.
Betty & Barney ran back to their car, and sped off down the road to escape the ship. But soon the whole car started vibrating, and they heard un-explainable buzzing noises. When it was over, they found that they had traveled 35 miles down the road, and had almost no memory of doing so.
They finally arrived home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, nearly 7 hours after they had first started the trip. The drive should have only taken 4 hours – leaving them with 2-3 hours of “missing time” that they couldn’t remember.
Betty discovered her dress was ripped in multiple places, and it was covered with a pink powder. Barney’s shoes had scrape marks on the toe box, and he felt an inexplicable need to check his genitals in the bathroom when they got home. He found nothing wrong with them.
The car they were driving had shiny metallic circles in a concentric pattern on the trunk that hadn’t been there before.
The next day, Betty reported the incident to Pease Airforce Base. The military followed up with a phone interview and the whole report was forwarded to Project Blue Book, the US Airforce’s UFO research project.
Military radar had recorded a mysterious object in the same vicinity that night. There were no airplanes in the area at the time.
What Really Happened?
Betty & Barney kept their experience a secret from all but a few close family members & friends. They were afraid of being labeled eccentric or crazy. Barney worked for the US Postal Service, and Betty was a Social Worker. Both were active Christian church goers, members of the NAACP, and Barney sat on a board of the US Civil Rights Commission.
But privately they wanted an explanation about what had happened to them. They both began driving down to Boston for hypnosis sessions with Dr. Benjamin Simon, based on the recommendations of others.
Under separate sessions, both Betty & Barney recalled similar (yet slightly different) unbelievable memories. They were brought onto the ship, and taken into separate rooms for medical examinations. The creatures were not hostile, and even tried to comfort them.
The aliens could speak English, but when they did, their mouths didn’t move. They also spoke a mumbling language. Betty was shown a hologram star map, indicating where the aliens were from.
Both Betty & Barney exhibited considerable emotional distress during the hypnosis sessions.
Visting the Site
Eventually a newspaper got wind of the story, and soon the whole country knew about the encounter. It became the first widely publicized and documented alien abduction story in the United States.
So on the 50th anniversary of Betty & Barney’s unexplainable experience, at the same exact time of night they had their encounter, I drove through the mountains down Route 3 in Lincoln, New Hampshire to follow in their footsteps.
The road was eerily empty, and I couldn’t help looking up at the stars every few minutes…
I like to think I’m a pretty logical person, and I believe that many UFO sightings can probably be explained away. But there are some that just don’t add up. Like jaw-dropping reports from trained military pilots, air traffic control towers, and group sightings witnessed by multiple soldiers & police officers from around the world.
As I drove down the road, following Betty & Barney’s route, I thought about what may or may not be out there in our universe.
Best of all, I was able to enjoy this little travel adventure in my own backyard. :D
Location: Indian Head in Lincoln
Notes: There is a sign marking the general location of the encounter on the side of Route 3 in Lincoln, New Hampshire. You can read many more details about the Betty & Barney Hill Abduction here. It’s quite a story!