Being a photographer, good thing you didn't instinctively reach for a camera, or it may have been misinterpreted... Jack ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jon Christensen" <jonc97@xxxxxxx> To: <AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <evac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, November 24, 2006 10:00 AM Subject: [AZ-Observing] Fun at Vekol I went to Vekol Wednesday night to harvest some photons. Turned out to be a good night for it. So I'm heading home in the morning at about 10:00 a.m. driving up Vekol road when I hear a noise. Sounds like somebody's trying to pass me in one of those four wheelers. But I can't see any four wheelers around me. Then I look up and it turns out to be one of those big military style helicopters flying right above me. Probably the same 'copter that buzzed the Vekol star party in October. I keep driving when I realize this thing's keeping up with me. Then the 'copter spins around so it's facing me and lands on the road in front of me in an immense cloud of dust. I think it's a good idea to stop at that point. Three guys with automatic weapons jump out dressed in full combat camouflage and helmets and they fan out before they start walking towards me. Of course I know they're patrolling the border but it is an interesting sight when you know they're coming to visit YOU. After a few words about what I was up to they headed back to that big helicopter and took off. One guy had a lot of questions about what I was doing but I got the impression it was more curiosity than interrogation. I would rather be visited by these guys then one of the bad guys. Jon Christensen -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.