Is it more frightening to hear something you cannot identify or to see something—a threat— you hadn’t realized existed?
Would you rather be confronted by:
A pack of Dire-wolves or grizzly bears?
Angry Sasquatches or armed intruders?
A huge Star-ship blasting beams of light towards earth in search of unwary humans or standing within a forest of brittle trees during a major windstorm?
Yes, those are all threats you can see. But what about those sounds heard in the dead of night and in daylight hours that you cannot readily identify ? I’ve experienced a few of those and here are a couple of the strangest I’ve heard so far. This list is created with you in mind, so that if and when you happen to hear one of these, you’ll have a better idea of what to do.
1.When I was a rookie hiker, it baffled me as to why I kept hearing some fool mowing his lawn in the middle of wilderness nowhere-buck-two. I could hear him tug on the pull string thingie trying to start that push-mower motor. Trying again and again and the motor would thump like a miniature helicopter blade for a few seconds then die. Then it would start again and run for a while. My intellect told me there could be no person up in the mountains mowing grass but that’s exactly what my ears detected.
What’s your guess? A. Drone B. Remote controlled helicopter C. Ruffled Grouse
2. I was walking within the woods alongside the row of hedge beside my home over looking Hood Canal on a moonless night in the dead of winter when the sniffles hit me. The thick branches of hedge brushing my right shoulder exploded and I could do nothing at gasp at the sound of an angry banshee, the likes of which the old Irishman told me stories about in my youth, as she wailed, carried up and away by demonically huge wings.
I realized what I was hearing once my heart settled down enough for my brain to think. I heard it again today. It sounded as if an eagle flew overhead gripping a dying pit-bull in it’s death throws within it’s talons. The dog croaked and croaked, its vocal chords straining against the strength of the huge eagles talons and as it continued to croak, it sounded like blood gurgled with crashes of spilling pea-gravel .
What’s your guess? A. An eagle carrying a dying dog B. A flying Sasquatch C. A Great Blue Heron
(Keep listening to the end for what I heard.)
3. Have you ever walked among the graves at an old graveyard in the middle of night within mists of fog on a dare? Have you heard the ghosts there? Yes, okay, I did. And yes, I did discover the ghouls that haunted there.
What’s your guess? A. Real ghosts B. Peacocks C. Owls
Which is more frightening to you, the seen or the unseen but heard? Do you have experiences any you’d like to share?