by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
After much begging, we returned to the site of the Wellington disaster (during the day!) with Tanner, Kevin and their two friends Matthew and McKenzie. Ever since hearing of my experience there a few weeks ago, there’s been a full court press to take them. Since it is now part of a hiking trail, we decided a day trip would be okay.
We explained to the kids how to behave and what not to do and then gave them recorders so that they could investigate (always with an adult present). They are going to write up their experiences – which was part of the deal that I made with them for being allowed to go there. I will let them tell you their story themselves.
We arrived at Wellington at about 1 p.m. and hiked around for a few hours. We then drove into town for dinner, and came back as dusk approached – at about 7 p.m. We stayed until about 8:30, when the kids determined that it was dark enough that they could get a flavor of what it was like in the dark up there without actually being in the pitch black.
Here is some of the audio that we captured. I’ve listened to hours of it, and I’ve ruled out a lot. While the kids did VERY well in following protocols and not making a bunch of random noises or whispers, they are kids after all. Much of the audio that could possibly have been the kids has been left on the cutting room floor.
What follows, then, is audio that is curious and can’t be easily explained as one of the kids or wild life. I’ll explain the circumstances of each as I post it.
This first one was captured on the Olympus DS-40 (which has a stereo microphone at the top of the unit) as we were hiking out the first time on our way to dinner. The kids were up ahead of us on the trail, and Jim wanted to look under a bridge to see if the pilings were made of the old railroad bed. I turned away from the kids and had the directional microphone pointed at Jim (and away from the kids), who was under the bridge. We were discussing the bridge. We were about 50 yards outside of the snow shed on the eastern side of it when we captured this audio.
Later, Matthew, McKenzie, Tanner and I were down towards the west end of the snow shed. The kids were sitting on a bridge around which there has been quite a bit of activity in the past. Tanner and Matthew both felt someone poke them on the leg at the same time. You will hear Tanner ask about being poked and then a very quiet laugh. We heard the laugh out loud at the same time. Jim and Kevin, at the time, were outside of the snow shed about 1/4 mile away. There wasn’t anyone else in the snow shed at the time. This was captured on the Olympus DS-40.
Update 8/18/09: After listening to this clip on a few recorders, I think it is Matthew saying something, but the recorder wasn’t pointed in his direction so it sounds like a laugh.
The next two were captured at roughly the same time on the H4 (hi def recorder), which was with Jim and Kevin. Past experience had me wondering if one of the entities was a little boy named Leonard who had a toy train and loved to play with it. Because of this, we brought a little round Brio train track and train that you could turn on and let run around the track. Jim and Kevin sat with the train while we wandered down the tunnel. In the first recording, the train falls off of the track and you hear two whimpers (they weren’t Kevin – Kevin has a much deeper voice), as if in protest of the train falling off of the track. In the second recording, Kevin shuts the train off and you hear the same type of whimper. See what you think.
One final one – because Cheryl finds it freaky. I say SHS (reading from the wall). Something talks after me. I don’t rule out one of the kids, but if it is them, they do a pretty good weird voice.
Update 8/18/09: I’m guessing it is a kid saying this.
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