Many of us here have been to the Paulding Light. Most of which have probably stopped at the barricade located on the second hill near the DNR sign posted that describes the light. More and more are venturing further down the power line to see for themselves what others are too scared to witness. I have to admit, the black of night can be a bit intimidating. When we walked the distance down the old closed road, down the hillside, through the little creek, we could barely see evidence of an abandoned right of way that led to a small fork which we took to the right, and then entered the thick weeds in the break of the woods. It was a bit scary for me. Being the oldest of our group I felt responsible for the safety of the kids I had brought with me. I wondered what they thought as well. At the time it was a lightly traveled path, couldn't see much in the dark. But the one night we went, It was amazing. While trudging through the woods on that moonless night, the moving shadows being cast upon the clearing ahead of us from a light changing white to red, were just spine chilling. We just gazed upon it for a short time, wondering if we went far enough. The light would stop then we'd move ahead. I noticed a bit of that awkward silence after a bunch of nervous kids kidding and chattering, trying to hide their fright. I haven't been to a better place in my life to just look up and feel that much closer to the stars and gaze into space. We all looked up for a bit, then the dancing shadows appeared once again. Standing behind everyone, red hues of light, captured by the light fog made for a very interesting photograph, if I had only had a camera. It was a scene directly out of Close encounters. The stars were not of interest anymore. A few of us ventured forward up to a very large power pole atop of the hill. There a large natural rock platform was our perch to stand and watch the light just hover. Have you ever seen a dense fog rest upon a drop off, swirling about. Branches from trees poking over the top. We stood at the drop off, staring at the light. It's hard to describe it. I cant say as if I saw a shape, it had a strange cast about it, and couldn't really see the center of it. Before then, I was a skeptic. I doubted everyones stories. Once I saw this light for myself, I just couldn't muster up anymore stories to knock it or doubt its validity. The light did move, it was such a fluid movement, nothing jerky about it. It looked as if it were floating like a balloon would. Moving up slowly and floating back down in an arching motion. I could see the light it cast behind it as well. It had dimension and seemed weightless. It was awe inspiring. Something you can't explain floating in front of you. It wasn't scary at all really, but relaxing. It turned white and red in front of us, went up in the air and back down, swayed back and forth. While it was floating up it would light the fog making it look much bigger. I can't explain what we saw, all I can say it was really interesting. Ask 10 different people you'll get 10 different stories. I've been there many times. I wouldn't go back if it were a waste of my time. It proves for a good conversation and fun experience. I can't promise you'll see the same thing I did. There are times I haven't seen anything at all. Hopefully you can see what I saw and enjoy it. I'm going back again the last week in June of 2006. I am going to bring my oldest son which will be fun to share with him. Many others will be with us as well, some from Kentucky and others from Green Bay and Beaver Dam, WI.
After reading your story, we went to see the light. We had 6 people in the car we made the trek from Appleton, WI. Never thought in a million years something like that would be true. I'm going again. None of us were believers. We thought you were nuts, we still do. LOL.
Your story was very accurate to what we saw. When we got there, we thought, THATS IT! We came all this way for this stupid thing. But then we waited, and waited, and waited. We were not impressed, untill we got the guts up to go down the paths to go where you described.
We had a pen flash light we found in the trunk. That sucked. We thought we got lost, but we just kept going and it was pretty much what you described. When we got to that rock and the power lines we saw nothing for about 15 minutes, when we decided to head back, the light appeared and it was bright red right behind us. It scared the SH1T out of us. We turned and there it was. I think my buddy wet himself. You know how they say don't stare at the light. We'll thats impossible, thats all we could do. That light moved in ways no person could move it. It floated and fell, moved side to side, diagonally as if it were a bubble of light. Too cool but were going back again.
I've read many things on this board. This guys viewpoint really caught my eye. I printed it out and kept it for our trip to Eagle River. We have an annual trip to the casino, and this time I thought we would check out what everyone was talking about.
Last July we went to see the light. When we got there, everyone in the car wanted to turn around and so did I, because of embarrassment. I make everyone come out to see this thing and we really did not see much. It was foggy and we were tired. So went back to the hotel.
I thought to myself why would all these people have so much to share on here all about nothing. Kind of like the Bible, you believe or you don't. Prove to me that Jesus lived. You don't have too, because I believe.
My boyfriend and I decided on that same night to go back and just take a second look. We drove back, and am I glad we did. The light was spectacular. A ball of bright Red and White light. I would have to say the size was at least a foot round. We did not see much where the sign is. We did however go all the way down the path as this guy described and after about 15 minutes we saw the light! We met 5 or 6 other people on this big ledge. They had lawn chairs, cam corders and beer. LOL. One guy said he'd been going for 20 years, now I know why people talk like they do about it.