The Green Valley Vortex which is an area that covers part of Auburn and Colfax is rumored to have UFO sightings, a crop circle, ghostly activities, Bigfoot and even some alien robots that once chased some high school boys out of the woods. The place is too weird not to investigate. HPI paranormal investigator Amanda ‘Mandy’ Lewis did all of the research for this strange area and wanted to do a preliminary investigation up there, just to see if we could find any kind of paranormal activity. I had my fingers crossed that I would run into the alien robots in the woods.
Since Mandy’s truck can take the dirt roads in the Green Valley Vortex, I left my vehicle the Ghosttracker parked in front of Mandy’s home. Since this vortex area is so widespread, I wanted to take a pellmell approach to the investigation and go here and there and everywhere to see what we can find. Mandy did her research and knew exactly where we were going and where we will investigate, except she didn’t tell me we were going to hike through the vortex area for about 10 miles in the hot sun!
We discovered all kinds of trails with names like Frontier Trail and Coyote Creek Trail, that seemed to go over hill and over dale…sigh. We found an area that has numerous weird sightings that is located near the Weimar Institute. We found two ladies from this institute hiking along the trails. The ladies were in somewhat strange attire, that seemed somewhat cultish. One of the lady’s had the gift of gab and talked about her church and how it was connected to the Weimar Institute. We asked her if she ever heard any paranormal stories about this area. She told us that she did have a few stories, but they are not paranormal. One of the stories is the discovery of what people thought were dinosaur bones of a Sauropod near Clipper Gap which is part of the vortex area. She goes on and tells us that this story was bogus and that the bones were actually mere rock that resembled bones. She tells us how a woman hiker got in between a bear cub and a mountain lion and she was killed instantly by the mountain lion.
She also tells us that the Weimar Institute was formerly a tuberculosis sanitarium in the 20s and 30s. Many, many people died tragic deaths from this disease and are buried in simple markers in the woods. When people were checked in with turberculosis, they were not allowed to leave, they were quarantined from the rest of the populace. They died lonely deaths, with no friends or families there to support them. When they died, a simple marker was placed over their grave. That marker is a wooden stake attached with a tin plate. The tin plate has an assigned number for the patient. She also tells us that people that practice Eastern religions/Buddhist practices will place coins or rocks over cloth pieces and place them on the various trails. Mandy and I found one of these cloths with little rocks aligned in an odd way.
As we departed from these women, we continued on our grueling hike into the unknown. We found many purple grapes and blackberries on various parts of the trail. I knew in my mind, if we get lost, I can survive a few days eating those grapes and blackberries. Mandy and I, kept searching for those alien robots. So far the alien robots have not made their appearance and instead we found a huge grove of manzanitas. The crookedness of those trees gave the trail a creepy feeling. I felt like I was walking through some wicked forest out of a Frank Lyman Baum book.
After walking and walking and walking, we finally came to the cemetery that was designated for the TB victims. We were absolutely amazed at the countless monomorphic grave markers for the TB victims. As far as the eye can see were these markers. With all of the tragedy that happened at the Weimar Institute, I would have to say there must be residual haunting activity in this area. Perhaps there are no Bigfoot or UFOs and of course those pesky alien robots, but I bet there has to be a lot of ghostly paranormal activity in this area.
On this day – September 14, 2008, Sunday, we did not find any paranormal activity, but I wouldn’t mind coming back late at night to see what might be happening in this odd area, that is causing people to come back with strange stories of the paranormal.
After we left the cemetery, we were very close to Mandy’s truck, but the only problem there was a metallic fence keeping us from taking that short cut to the truck. It appeared we would have to hike through those long trails to reach Mandy’s truck from the other side. Mandy and I, did not want to go back on those trails and we surveyed the fence. Mandy discovered an area under the fence where she could belly crawl to the other side. If Mandy can do the belly crawl under this gate, well..so can I! I watched Mandy slither underneath the fence like a predatory anaconda. I was impressed as her blue jeans were slipping away exposing a private side of Mandy. Finally Mandy makes it to the other side covered with red dirt. Now if was my turn, I wasn’t looking forward to the slithering, nor was I looking forward to exposing my private side to Mandy. Mandy was pleased she made it to the other side and leans against a portion of the fence and discovers that where she is leaning is an unlocked gate!!
I casually walk through the open gate and Mandy is ready to pound me to smithereens, because of the smirk on my face. I think to myself, sometimes when you wish for something hard enough, the gates will open. This is exactly what happened with the magic words…Open Sesame! Shazam! I’m on the other side, Chris Angel would have been proud!
Well, even though we did not discover any UFO activity or alien robots, this place was well worth exploring. I am glad to say I was here, I know Mandy feels the same way! She was a superb guide and explorer on this day!
For pictures of Mandy and the Green Valley Vortex and a few pictures of the De La Rosa Preliminary Private Investigation, click on this link: http://ghosts.meetup.com/231/photos/?photoId=5513072&photoAlbumId=437889 The Alien Seeker News