Years ago, while I was living/travelling in a car, I encountered something unusual, late one mid winters night.
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I had been "freedom camping" around the top of the north island, and had to travel south to the bottom of the north island. The best time for long distance travel, imo, is at night, less traffic.
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About halfway through the drive is near Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano with a road leading up to a ski resort.
This particular night, the weather was perfectly clear and calm and because I'd never been up there before, I decided, "fuck it, I'ma boost up there to check out view and blaze a joint".
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On the way up, as I came flying around a long bend, the high beams lit up some "thing" up ahead, which quickly bounded off the road to the left hand side.
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I couldn't make it out properly, though at the time I seemed to think it was a yeti type creature. Really I just don't know, coz it vanished into the tree line within seconds.
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There's a military base and training area, relatively, nearby, which is why I have come to think what I saw was really just a soldier in winter camo.
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The dude was probably as surprised as I was, considering it was about 01:30hrs, and a very remote location.😂