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Submitted by witness on Thursday, June 3, 2004.
Four nocturnal hikers get pelted with snow near Anchorage
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DATE: Friday night
COUNTY: Anchorage County
LOCATION DETAILS: Few houses on the way, a power relay station. To get to it our way, go down Dowling Road(left off of Lake Otis), where you will walk a trail. Follow it all the way down, but there are multiple entrances and trails.
NEAREST TOWN: Anchorage
NEAREST ROAD: Dowling
OBSERVED: Me and a couple of friends had been bored, when I decided we should take a walk through the woods behind my house. I didn't think much of it, as me and my friend have done it many times before. There were four of us, and we set out at about 11 o'clock at night. It was rather dark, but there was light from the moon. The weather was rather cold, as we did this in the winter. The area we walked on was game trails (trails that moose walk on) as well as trails used for mushers, runners, cross country skiiers, and that sort. We had walked about 2 miles from my house to another entrance where most people enter. On the way we had talked about unexplainable events or things such as bigfoot, and UFOs. When we reached the bridge where most people come in, one friend had smoked a cigarette. We then saw a light and decided to go on. On the way back, we heard wild dogs barking wildly, and decided to pick up the speed. It eventually became a sprint, whereafter we walked. When we walked, we continued talking about it. It was then I had realized, some thing had been following us, as well as testing us, or even harassing us. It was much earlier, I just didnt think about it. I had thought it was my friend Warren, who is sometimes clumsy. I had thought it was him who had made noises such as slipping, but it was really something throwing stuff at us. I had realized this about half way back. I asked if Warren kept slipping, when he told me it wasn't, and he thought I could have been pulling a prank. We stopped for a minute to listen when I told the others something strange was going on. We stopped, and shone a flashlight around, hearing noises such as steps, and branches moving and breaking. The leader had thought I had been playing a joke when I told him seriously, I wasn't. He decided to walk behind with me, when something threw snowballs, and nearly hit us on many occasions. It was then he realized that this was no joke, and we picked up a light jog, for most of the way. When we were almost out of the woods, we had again heard dogs, and maybe 20 ft away, the branches breaking, and again, something throwing stuff at us. By the time we left, it was about 3-3:30 in the morning. I did not go directly to my house because I didn't know if it was still following us. I know this was not a prank because the snow is more then 5 ft deep in the woods, and someone would have a extremely hard time to play a prank like that.
ALSO NOTICED: We smelled of colonge and after shave, and one of them smoked.(Warren)
OTHER WITNESSES: 4. Me, w-man, warren and sean. We were at my house thinking of what we could do because we were so bored.
OTHER STORIES: no
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Started at 11, ended at about 3-3:30. Weather was cold, no clouds, and temp. maybe in the high teens. Visible lighting from moon.
ENVIRONMENT: A pine forest, with a bog or swamp on the right, after you first enter from dowling. on the way their is a creek, and towards the bridge, is Campbell Creek. Some of us had cologne on, and I had shaved earlier that day, and smelled of aftershave.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The area under consideration is at the eastern edge of Anchorage and is continuous with the substantial mountain ranges in that direction (Chugach Mountains). Apparently, there is no leash law in Anchorage and often dogs form packs. The items thrown at the the four seemed to be clods of hard snow, as some ice crust was present in places. The participants also detected a rank aroma, partly carcass in nature.The moon on that the date and time listed was about 85% full.