Group searches for paranormal activity at Vandenberg's boathouse
By Senior Airman Steve Bauer, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 23, 2011
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On any given night, the moon's light eludes patches of dense fog rolling in off of the coast, which creates an eerie sight as it illuminates Vandenberg's old and abandoned boathouse.
This chilling scene is reminiscent of a location likely to be explored on an episode of Ghost Hunters.
Even though the secluded boathouse has not quite received the level of publicity of a paranormal reality television series like Ghost Hunters, it has attracted one group of individuals who, after being granted access, bravely embarked on a graveyard shift stroll through the premises.
"I have heard numerous stories of people working or visiting the Boathouse and weird disturbances happening to them," said Edward Smith Jr., a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical section foreman. "I wanted to see if there was any evidence I could gather to substantiate their stories."
On March 12, Mr. Smith, along with his son Daniel, Whitney Thomas, Cully Thomas and Destiney Pastor, entered the boathouse at 10:30 p.m. with a full spectrum of surveillance equipment for documentation purposes.
The group encountered an odd and unrecognizable smell as they entered the boathouse, Mr. Smith said.
"Then I got an eerie feeling like someone was watching me so I took out my cell phone and proceeded to tape a voice file," said the foreman. "I didn't get anything, but the whole time I had goose bumps."
Examining each room and floor of the four-story boathouse took the group approximately five hours to accomplish. After witnessing no particularly peculiar phenomena, the group decided to end the search around 4 a.m. March 13.
If any disappointment was felt from an uneventful trip to the boathouse, that feeling of disappointment would have quickly vanished a day later after the group's surveillance footage was reviewed.
Of the more unnatural findings recorded include a voice recording of a faint woman's voice, numerous pictures of orbs (balls of transparent light), two video recordings of orbs, and a picture of a strange mist coming from one of the boathouse's floors.
"I was completely shocked," said Mr. Smith.
Although there is no definite way to know for sure if Mr. Smith and his crew stumbled upon paranormal activity while at the boathouse; the evidence, however, was enough to create excitement among the group's members and an eagerness between them to agree to return to the facility for further documentation.
"If I could get permission to go back, I would," Mr. Smith said. "Now that I have seen with my own eyes that something is going on there, I want to document more."