My partner was checking out google earth in our area and noticed an spot way out in the woods that was "blacked out". It is an almost perfect rectangle measuring approx 1/2 mile x 1/3 mile. There was another area very near to the black rectangle that had several buildings with a fence around it. There is a lot of logging that happens in this area. Several of us went there today. As we entered the unmarked, wide and nicely graveled road, there were warning signs about it being a private road and trucks should tune to cb channel 20 (we had no cb). We passed through a gate that warned it could be locked at any time. We pulled off onto one of the smaller roads (that lead into the blacked out area) to hide the car from the main road. We then walked about 1/4 mile down the road which was very vehicle passable, although small. Very dense woods on both sides. We weren't terribly well-prepared to dash into the woods nor did we have anywhere to hide our car (there were fresh tracks going down this road even though it had been raining quite steadily). We got a little spooked and did not proceed further down that road, while we were going back towards the car, a loud vehicle went by on the main road although it was not visible. We backed out to the main road and kept going on into the area just outside the black rectangle. After about another mile there appeared to be a large natural gas "station"...I'm not sure what it is called but it was large and quite intricate with buildings, fences and pipes. This was the area of fenced in buildings visible from the satellite outside of the blacked-out area. There were many "buried pipeline" markers about.
Here is something else very weird: The satellite pictures showed these linear areas that seemed to be "small", artificial hills or something. When viewed from ground level, they were precise wave-like patterns up to 10 meters high spaced out about 30-50 meters crest to crest. They were devoid of vegetation but had detritus (old trees, stumps, branches, rocks) placed mostly on the top. There were still lots of trees around them. This is really difficult to explain what this looked like. The lumps were as wide as an 8 lane freeway and we did not see the start, nor the end of them. They were all around where we were driving while on the "private" road. I was driving and did not get a really good look at them, but my partner was quite freak-out by the weirdness of it all.
If the blacked-out area is to protect against "terrorism" aimed at the gas pipeline/gas facility, why wouldn't the whole facility be blacked-out? The facility we saw had a lot of security fence and bright parking lot lights. Unfortunately, we did not get too close nor spend too much time checking it out. There are some very small back roads that approach the black-out rectangle from the other direction but we did not try to come from that side. These may be old logging roads, it seems. There are a couple of other roads that we passed (leading into the black zone) but they were gated. All of the roads were quite serpentine in nature. However, from the satellite picture there is a "road" that is completely straight and wide, approx 1/3 mile long, located right beside the blacked-out spot. We could not get to the straight portion without coming the back way or driving directly in front of the pipeline facility.
This place is literally rural and quite forested. The nearest town of any size is 20 miles away.
I think this trip was for recon. We want to go back at night and hike into the blacked-out area. I guess it would be difficult to take any pictures at night but darkness would provide good cover, of course.
I would love to know if anyone has found anything like this on google earth. As far as my partner has been poking around (which is a lot), he has not seen any other black spots like that, except in China. Sometimes there are areas over water that are blacked-out, even angularly but this is different! Also, if there are any places that are suspicious to you...check them out on google earth. I am wondering if there are any FEMA camps visible from google earth or are the blacked-out like this , too?