I will share with you a strange discovery right in our own back yard, or I should say, a strange rediscovery. I know these woods as well as it is possible, having spent most of my life in these parts. And I like to stay as deep as possible. The road you see to the left is the closest sign of civilization to our little abode, and that ends a couple miles from our cabin.
When I was a young lad I came upon a site that had a stone wall in a circle and a kind of circular portal. At the center was what looks like an altar. The hair stood on end, friends. I could feel that unsavory things went on here. Even at the tender age of twelve I was a good Christian and Patriot was not an epithet, so something as obviously pagan as this monument was a shock to find in my back yard, so to speak.
I knew the location of this site with precision. As I said, and as my friends and listeners know, the Lebanon State Forest is something I can navigate like no other, but I was never able to find it again, and therefore never able to show it to anyone else. This stone construction had completely vanished. Several times I ventured out to find it, and each time I got disoriented in a most unwonted manner, and the last time I passed out and was not found until the next day.
Appreciate if you can the mix of surprise, excitement and trepidation I felt when I came upon it again. This time I had a camera. The photos look like they are in black and white, but I had color film in the camera, and each shot came out in monochrome images, differing in hue in each image on the film. I had some other pictures of my lovely bride from the day before, and those shots came out in glorious color. You can see the monument below.
I took a number of shots from within the circle, which was exactly as I had found it fourty years ago, but those shots came out as amorphous blobs. There are so many legends surrounding the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and I recall one from my youth that describes a place like this and the unsavory things that went on there, but I don't want to jump to conclusions. I promise to investigate the matter and see if I can find any other accounts of this site.
Just wondering aloud here, but I can't help think of those scientists that were discussed with that demon Joseph Matheny on the show a good while ago.
Yours for the hurting,