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FYI: I feel like a lot of these stories on here are works of fiction. And while I'm going to do my best to not make this boring to read, please don't mistake that for creative writing. The following story really happened to myself and a friend:
About 7 or 8 years ago, about the year we graduated from undergrad, a friend of mine from high school was getting married. The wedding was in a town about 2 and a half hours south of where I live in the Finger Lake Region of NYS. Being a good distance away another friend and I, who was also friends with the groom since high school, rode down together in his truck for some company and to save gas.
The trip down was uneventful and the wedding was beautiful and fun and everyone got stoned and drunk (except myself). I did smoke, but I did not drink. I never drink as a rule. I used to in college, I was just never a fan of the choices I made while drunk, quitting permanently about 2 weeks before I turned 21. And hopefully this isn't the place that will say that marijuana can make you hallucinate because we all know that's not true (off topic…). We all crash at a large Bed and Breakfast for the night.
The next day there is a big party during the day and a BBQ with dancing, and of course again — drinks. The groom, some groomsmen and I go off to smoke a bowl a couple of times, but again, only marijuana for me. As the day became afternoon and the afternoon evening people began to say their goodbyes and make their way home. My drunk friend who I rode down with is now ready to go so I take his keys as the VASTLY more sober one and begin the almost 3 hour trek home in the twilight.
I mention the Finger Lakes because anyone who knows the area knows that there are long stretches of highway in the middle of nowhere with little to no tree cover in many spots and it could be hours without seeing another car. These highways are mostly on top of small "mountains" that are between each of the Finger Lakes which each reside in a very deep glacial valley. So the topography undulates quickly in a small area (these details come in to play shortly)
So, about an hour outside of town, we are driving in that perfect darkness you see in any truly rural part of America. Dude is passed the fuck out next to me, curled up fetally in the passenger seat facing his seat-belt and door. I'm listening to some tunes and thinking about how I'm going to pass the time alone so I don't get sleepy. Suddenly a bright, white and extremely fast something catches my eye.
I see in my peripheral vision an object moving EXTREMELY fast, almost indescribably fast. Multiple factors of Mach at least. It was traveling almost due North (same as myself and the highway I was on) and seemed to be heading toward Earth at about a 30 degree angle or so. It was also extremely high up (upper atmosphere-ish) when I first see it and a mile or two to my left, or the West). Basically the object is moving over the lake.
In less than a second or two it follows this trajectory past the driver door window and across the left side of the windshield. down to the ground/horizon which caused me to actually wince. I was anticipating some sort of shock-wave or explosion as I thought I was genuinely witnessing a fairly large meteorite impact the planet.
Instead as soon as it made "contact" with the ground (again MILES in the distance to my North) it changed course and zipped due South. We were driving on one of those highways on a peak and the light or object or whatever went South was at an elevation a few hundred feet BELOW where I was driving now. It was maintaining a flight path which seemed to be RIGHT above the ground or possibly even on it. However it moved just as fast as it had when it "crashed" from the sky. It zoomed behind us in the distance out of sight and was gone.
Now I have seen things in my 35 years that made me go "hmm that was a bit strange." But this gave me a physiological response. Every hair on my body stood on end, I had a hard time breathing, my eyes were wide and my mind was racing with possibilities. I'm an agnostic teacher who loves science and math so I was doing all I could to rationalize my experience. Again this entire scenario took place in 2-4 seconds but felt like an eternity and the details are burned into my memory.
Basically I decided I either had a genuine UFO experience or I was going crazy and expected to see my friend still zonked out in the passenger seat of the car, DRUNK, mind you. He had been passed out hard, dead to the world.
Instead, He is sitting there staring back at me with the same scared shitless, wide-eyed, 'what the FUCK was that?' look on his face. All I could do was stammer out, louder than I meant "Y-Y-Y-YOU SAW THAT TOO?!!" And he said "Dude, that was a fucking UFO, we just saw a fucking UFO!!!! HOLY SHIT! MY whole body is literally shaking right now!!" I told him that I was experiencing the same physical response, too. We talked about it for maybe 5-10 minutes. After that we were just oddly silent about it until he eventually passed back out and we made it back home.
I don't know what woke him up, I don't know what made him look on the opposite side of the car he was sitting on, and I know that he was drunk. But the fact that another person witnessed this with me, and the feelings I felt will never leave me. The strangest part of all is that we almost NEVER talk about it. In the almost decade since it happened we have mentioned it all but twice? It's like even talking about it makes it too real all over again and it's not worth it for us.
Essentially the "object" made a triangular flight path with a 30 degree angle or so on "impact" where it seemingly instantaneously changed course in the opposite direction and "flew" level/parallel with the ground.
Also had a second witness with essentially identical experience.