Could there be a race of Draconians living in the Supstition Mountains of Arizona.  This author seems to think so and has written an account of his experiences with the Draconians while
hunting for the Peralta Treasures.

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archived 10-08-99
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donated by James Vandale and Jon Hurst

I am submitting to all Dragonslayers a multipart true life adventure as told to me by one of our members as he experienced it 24 years ago. Some of you know him for who he is; a retired, at the
age of 22, highly decorated Vietnam war veteran who was Special Forces trained and who served three tours fighting communists, rescuing POW's and working special missions for Air America. It
cost him his right leg, yet he was still well equipped to meet this next period of his life. Keep in mind that the Soldier had no knowledge of Dracs at the time. When we met, and he began his
new education to what is going on around him, and I could see curious recognition from time to time coupled with a deep fear that he quickly hid. It was three months later that he told me of
his 18 month ordeal in the Superstition Mountains in May of 1975 . The story came grudgingly at first; obviously with much mental pain, and with occasional reluctance and reservation. But
because of what he knows now, taught by myself and others on DS, he knew he couldn't keep hidden what he now recognized as a Draco base camp. He desires to use for the present a
fictitious name for his boss.... we will call "Phil Allen".

Here is the beginning of his story.... of his life for two years among the Dracos and Pteradons with their little ( 5 foot) Pets!!

In May of that year, I was asked to join a group of men who were bringing gold out of the Superstitions. The leader, Phil Allen, spent 20 years of his life researching Mexican archives, Spanish
landgrants and Mexican Government documents. He discovered what he believed to be routes to 9 of the 12 Peralta family mines. Phil enlisted the aid of several others and together they found
all 9. Using pack mules and horses, they moved in electric generators, hand held drills, food and supplies and set up a base camp 15 miles in. Others would keep this camp supplied and
alternating teams of men would keep the mining camp supplied....well supplied…especially with ice, lots of ice as they liked to drink cold beverages, the one pleasure of the long hot day.

Since the last of the mines, No.'s 7, 8, & 9 were the most productive, they started there, core mining much in the ways the old timers had 150 yrs prior. The operation was covert. It was illegal
for civilians to own bulk gold in those days. It was processed and flown out of the country. At 18 to 25 ounces per ton, it was a lucrative business at best. The mining camp was very small. It was
at the top of a small arroyo or 'holler' and measured about 60' square.. flaked on two walls by cliffs going up...on one by a sheer 90' drop-off and open on the arroyo side which looked downhill of
the 1/4 mile long arroyo. The mines were in the sides of the arroyo walls... so was the Draco entrance to their lair. Two-thirds of the way down from the mini-camp was a small stand of pinion
pine trees..about 400 yards away and downhill.

Phil Allen knew. He had known of their existence for over 20 years. He had read of them in the old archives. He knew what they were ...but not why- they were. Phil had spent his life in these
mountains running down leads to the gold he was searching for. He saw them from time to time, following him, pacing his movements. Terrified at first, he soon came to the conclusion that if
he simply ignored them nothing would happen…and nothing ever did.

It was different at the little camp, for in the arroyo walls was a fourth entrance, hidden behind brush as were all of the others. At first the group would set up a night guard for themselves. But
it soon became evident that they could not continue mining by day and guarding by night. It was decided that they would hire a full time night guard. They lost five men in the first three
months. One simply ran-never to be heard of again. Two returned via the base camp, not even stopping for water or supplies, they rode their horses clear out to U.S. 60 and on home! Two were
found shredded, some parts missing but obviously quite dead. They were found down toward the end of the arroyo near a small stand of pinion pine trees, about two hundred yards from the
camp. This was where the Dracs congregated and fed at night. This was were the Soldier's year and a half nightmare began.
Let's digress for a moment and set some background to this epic. Phil and I met years ago shortly after I had retired from Vietnam. We both had an affinity for guns and through the heat of a
summer afternoon we drank beer at a bar in Apache Junction while discussingballistics and shooting. It came out that Phil and some friends owned a local horse ranch and when called,
worked as stuntmen for whatever Hollywood movie set that needed them. We got along famously and over the course of the next two years, I learned horses-how to ride, how to care for
them…how to do stunt falls…trick mounting and dismounting; and guns. They taught me how to fast draw, shooting two hundred rounds a day and reloading them in the evening. They
had a quick draw holster rig that was handmade for me and periodically I would join them in the little skits doing stunt shoots and falls they put on at Rawhide.

Conversely, I taught them long range shooting; being the expert, and at the end of two years, all five were as deadly at 800 yard shots, as I had become at 50 feet with my Long Colt 45. We
had fun.

From time to time the men would disappear for a few weeks at a time to do movie stunts leaving the operation of the ranch to me. More often, Phil would go with some of the men and
some others that I didn't know into the Superstition Mountains. When I would ask about it, I was told simply, "Don't ask!" - and I accepted that. In May of '75 Phil came to me and explained
what they were doing. Phil had spent his entire life researching and prospecting in the Superstitions. He spent months in northern Mexico in libraries, monasteries and in family archives
researching Spanish land grants looking for information on what others thought were only rumors, the mysteriousPeralta gold mines. These were the mines that the Peralta family supposedly
had developed between the mid 1700's and the early 1800's. Phil spent twenty years of his life being rich one-year and then dirt poor the next. He found 9 of the 12 reported mines.

It was at this point that Phil decided he needed my help. After an afternoon and most of one evening explaining what he had accomplished and what he wanted me to guard, Phil offered me
what appeared at the time to be an exorbitant amount of money for the job. I was to move into the mountains with them and literally live there; sleeping days and doing the guard job at
nights. I would be guarding against would be claim jumpers and the occasional weekend warrior who had stumbled off the beaten path who needed guidance to forest service trails ........and
against the Others.

Phil then told me what he had seen over the years. Only fleeting looks and occasional glances of men who looked like lizards.

Apparently the mines, No.'s 7 , 8 and 9 were nestled in the middle of a whole community of them. I had a hundred questions none of which Phil could answer. Two things came out,

number 1- they did not attack the miners unless they went down to the stand of pinions near the end of the arroyo at night and--

number 2- there were unspeakable horrible screams, growls and sounds that came up the arroyo for hours on end.

I was to ignore them and under no circumstance leave the safety of the camp. I knew Phil Allen; and despite the disbelief running around inside my head, knew that he believed what he had
just told me. I then suggested that the authorities be called in and was promptly told that the mining operation was covert at best, since owning bulk gold was illegal. Phil had worked too
long and too hard all of his life for this fortune to lose it over some "anthropological throw back". I went to bed that night doubting Phil Allen for the first time since knowing him. But for
$5000 a month, I'll stay up nights and listen to anything scream a little.

At dawn the next morning we were on our way to the base camp with a small convoy of supply trucks, pickups pulling horse trailers and a new crew to replace those at the base camp. The
operation lacked for nothing. At the main camp we had steak, beer, water, tents with comfortable bunks and beds, generators and the fuel to run them with electric lights-there were
barbecue grills, hibachi's and ice; Sweet wonderful ice. 105 temperatures were a daytime norm and 110+ were too frequent to count. We lived on ice. I was told that at least half of the
supplies muled in to us every few days was ice.

We arrived at the mining camp about 4pm on my first day. As we rode up the arroyo the stand of pinions was pointed out to me. I stopped to have a look around and everything appeared to
be normal. There were no signs of anyone or anything having ever been there. Off to the north in the canyon wall could be seen the entrance to what Phil called their cave. It was slightly
larger than 4' in diameter and was perfectly round. Nature doesn't do straight lines or round ones. That was obviously man made. As I turned to go back to my horse and continue up to the
camp, something caught my eye between two clumps of scrub grass. Moving one aside I saw what immediately scared the living hell out of me. It was a footprint...... three toed, wide and
long enough for my size 11 Cochran's to fit inside the print.

This brought goosebumps up along my arms and a chill to my spine. "Lets go." I said. I suddenly didn't want to be there anymore. My mind was having a hard time absorbing what I'd just seen
and making it come out normal. One part said that what you just saw cannot be, and the other part said, well, there it is. It was then too, as we rode up the arroyo, I understood the
Hollywood movie term we've all heard, "I need a drink". Phil had some cold Beam at the camp.
Finally we arrive at the mining camp; four men with horses and nine pack mules ready to be unloaded. The camp area itself was like a large flat rock about 60 feet square, more or less -- and
situated at the top of the arroyo. Off to the North side were some faded petroglyphs carved into the rock edge; A common thing throughout the desert southwest where Indian pilgrims and
prospectors would carve or mark an area for whatever reason. While the other three were helping the two men that were already at the camp unload, I went down the 30 feet or so to see
what Phil was using as a guard post. It was a series of boulders ranging from three and a half-to four feet high and each was nearly as wide, or wider. There were five of them arranged in a
small semicircle, which was about fifteen feet long from one side of it to the other.

Two of them didn't quite meet at the bottom leaving about a fifteen-inch gap in almost a square shape. I decided right then that it would become my prone firing position. I lay down and
looked through. It would take a bit of clearing to get a clean shot from side to side; no problem there. The tops of the five boulders would be sufficient for a bench rest, a place where I could
lay a rifle across the top of the boulder for a steadier shot down the slope toward the end of the arroyo, about 400 meters away. I made a mental note to have aiming stakes placed every fifty
meters beginning at one hundred meters from the guard site. I didn't like the curved gap between the tops of the boulders though. Phil would solve that later by having a few bags of
concrete sent in and we would place other rocks between the boulders topped off by the flattest rocks that could be found from the abundant desert landscape in an effort to create as level
a firing plane as possible. The arroyo walls were sheer all the way down with the usual desert flora and fauna abundantly flourishing. Some of that would have to be removed if for no other
reason than to prevent someone from hiding behind it. The view of the stand of Pinions and Palo Verde trees was excellent from here. Again I made mental notes to have certain branches on
particular trees removed and in two spots I had the smaller trees in front removed altogether.

The entrance to the cave was included in that clearance effort. I wanted to be able to see anything that moved in that part of the arroyo even if it was 400 metes away. Returning to my
horse I pulled out the 30-06 Remington 700 that I had custom made here locally. The barrel was tuned and floated in the stock and was as accurate a weapon as man could make. I liked 180
grain, boattailed bullets for distance shooting and striking power at the end of a long shot. Those were custom made as well with just a little more power than the average factory round. My
scope was a cheap Reddfield 3X9 variable but it suited me just fine and I was used to it. After years of practice I could hit anything I could see at 800 meters with relative ease so the 400 to
450 meter range I would have to deal with here was not going to be a problem.

Little did I know what changes were to be forthcoming.

Back up at the camp, the others were finished unpacking and caring for the mules and horses. It was a little crowded with six horses and four mules, but they were well hobbled and attached
to a tie line in one corner of the camp area. Two of the men were just finishing up watering them as I came into the living area were the tents with cots inside were.

There was a rather sophisticated campfire/barbecue edifice made of cemented stones near the tents and one of the men was busily cooking up steaks and baked potatoes and ofcourse
beans. Phil offered me a cold bud as I sat down on an empty box with some of the other men. There were six of us altogether and from what I was seeing each had his own specific
assignment or job duty that tied in with everyone else. There was little wasted effort here!

"What do you think?" he asked.

"You tell me I'm up against giant lizard men capable of shredding a man wearing a .45 before he can pull it from his holster," I said, referring to two of the five former guards who didn't last.
"These were stuntmen, quickdraw trained men who knew what they doing and they couldn't protect themselves. What the hell good do you think I'm gonna' be if they rush us?"

"They won't." Phil said.

"How can you say that! Is it just because they never have?"

"Nope, and I can't tell you why either. A couple of times one of the big ones and a few of the little ones would come hauling ass up the canyon at us but they always stopped about fifty feet
or so down from those boulders there and screamed and squalled at us for awhile before running back to that Palo Verde stand."

"Hell, why didn't you shoot 'em! I said.

"We did! Shit we'd burn up 30 or 40 rounds apiece and when they'd had enough, they would gather their dead and wounded and hightail it back down the canyon. They quit that shit though.
Guess they couldn't stand the losses."

" I don't understand. All they had to do was come up here and eat your asses up, but they stood out a ways and roared at you. This shit doesn't add up, Phil. In fact, why have a guard at all?
Looks like this rock is a safe haven for you."

"Well, if it were up to me I probably wouldn't have. I've been running around here for twenty years now and they haven't bothered me. But if they do rush us or try to sneak up on us it's going
to be at night and I want some kind of warning if they do."

"You won't get much. Shit I could move half a dozen teams of SF troops right up to where that brush stops and you would never hear or see a thing - especially without a moon or a Starlight
scope to see with." "You want one?" he asked.

"What, a Starlight? Hell, they cost about $4 grand to start!"

"Look," Phil said, " I'm taking over $20 thousand a week out of here and flying it out of the county for processing to my banks in the Caymans. As long as the Feds won't let us common citizens
have bulk bouillon gold, I have no choice. I'm damn sure not gonna' let things get fucked up just because of some goddamned anthropological throw back. The fuckin' money is not the issue

Keeping my people safe is and I'll spend what I need to keep this operation going for as long as I can. It won't be long before some stupid ass ranger stumbles onto this and the game will be up
anyway. For right now, you tell me what you need and I'll see to it that you get it."

"Alright. Bring in the best Starlight you can get and have it mounted on a Colt M16. I'm used to using it that way. Those Verdes are just about at the end of its range, but I like it better."

"Be here in a week, " he said, "Want another Bud?"

It was starting to get dark, and supper was being called out. We went over and sat down to eat a good medium rare steak.
night fell quickly after we ate. Not having slept till 4am that morning I was not looking forward to
spending the warm night trying to stay awake watching the grove and the arroyo walls some 400 yards
below me. The moon would be full later on but it was near 7:30p now and the grey of twilight was
fading quickly to pitch black. I wore a Colt .45 revolver and I laid out my Remington 30.06 (with
scope). The scope was a post instead of the usual crosshairs and I'd had the post tipped with a little
radioactive titanium so I could aim at night with it. Phil and several of the men crowded into my little
watch area with me. Since this was my first night Phil thought it prudent that someone be with me for
the first few hours. After all, the goal was to mine Peralta gold and although they wouldn't admit it,
the crew was anxious to be back up to the safety of "the rock". Using the 60x spotting scope I began
to methodically search the clearing and the trees that ringed it.
"Anything?", Phil asked.
"No, nothing but shadows so far," I answered. "Why don't you go ahead and get some sleep. You'll
know if I need some help!", I said with half a grin.
"Nope, not yet. You're the new kid on the block and I figure they're gonna cook something up special
just for you."
He no sooner did he quit talking than a spine splitting scream came spiking its way up the path from the
direction of the little grove. I hadn't had a scared feeling like that since I was in Vietnam six years
earlier. I grabbed the spotting scope, knocked it out of focus in my hurry and then jammed the damn
thing into my eye in my haste to get a look at what made that sound. I lost precious moments clearing
the tears out of my eye and getting the focus back.
Phil dropped behind the wall of boulders cursing faster than I could hear it and his son-in-law, Ron hit
the ground at a dead run, falling to his knees next to Phil. He was carryiing a Remington 12ga and he
chambered a round as his head came up over the top of the boulders at the same time the barrel did.
What I saw make my blood run cold. Not just the lizards but the woman who was tied to the X cross
in the grove below me. The taller of the lizards leaned over and buried his head between her head and
right shoulder. It took a moment for her second scream of the night to reach us. It like to split me open
with it's sound of pure terror and forlorn frustration. I grabbed my rifle, cranked the scope to it's max
power setting and took another look. When that thing moved away from her most of the muscle
above her right clavicle was gone and although I couldn't see color at night that far away, I knew
what I saw running down her blouse was her own blood.
"Take 'em both.", Phil whispered.
I put my first round exactly between her eyes and the second into the lizard just below where his right
ear should have been. His head split open like a melon spewing crap everywhere.
"Oh, you done it now!", and I could see a dozen or more of the lizard bastards running, zig-zagging
up the arroyo toward us using the boulders and brush for what cover they could.
Oh, you done it now!� and I could see a dozen or more of the lizard bastards running, zigzagging up
the arroyo toward us using the boulders and brush for what cover they could. Good timing on mother
natures part. The moon had just cleared the arroyo ridge and that whole valley light up! They were
heavy. The sound of them was like a herd of horses at a dead run, and from the way they moved
through the brush it was obvious that they weren’t having any trouble with night vision. Just as
suddenly it got quiet. I mean the only thing I could hear was the sound of our breathing.
“Why’d they stop?� I asked. Grabbing the spotter scope I began searching the ground between me
and where I’d last seen them. Not even a twig moved.
“They ain’t stopped.� Phil said. “Dobe, watch that right side! They like to come up over there and
throw rocks from there!�
“Rocks! Against guns! Common, man, these things can’t be that stupid! They oughta just charge
right in here and eat our ass with or without the technology I’ve seen so far!�
“Just you wait,� Phil said, “They throw a 10lb rock the size of a football like you’d throw a baseball.
Sighting through my 30.06 I concentrated on the last 150 yards between me and the bottom of the
arroyo and on a path about 20 yards wide. Swinging the rife back and forth I was looking for
movement of bush or beast. The chaparral, sage and cholla here were about waist high on a man but
it was thick. The rocks and boulders were rough edged and loose, so it stood to reason that anything
as big as these bastards were would make some sound or give away their position while moving
through it. Pedro, our cook and wrangler was to my left praying something in Spanish. At least I think
he was praying; I heard a lot of “Madre de Dios “ mixed in with what was obviously swearing. His hat
was pushed way back on his head and he was aiming down the barrel of his 30-30 carbine even
though it was too dark, even with the full moon, to use his sights. About five or six yards up and
behind us, Steffy sat on a camp stool, his 12ga. Wingmaster pump lying across his lap. Steffy was a
skeet champion in his young days and spent his time between running a horse ranch in Queen Creek
and funding Phil in his search for gold mines these days.
Phil was to my immediate right and had been looking through the 60X spotter scope doing the same
thing I was; working a path 20 X 150 yards, or so. I sure needed a cigarette right then; and a big cup
of coffee. I was a coffee-holic even back then.
I saw the movement of the brush about 80 yards in front of me just about the time Phil said my name.
“Got it,� I said, “You see anything besides moving bushes?�
“Nope.� His matter of fact answer was less than reassuring. “Look, there it is again!�
“I got it, but we’re being fucked with here! That’s the same bush that shook before; they’re not
coming from that direction, it’s a …..�
I didn’t get the word, ‘diversion’, out of my mouth before a flood of rocks started landing all around
us. A loud, Oomph, from behind me made me turn around in time to see Steffy falling off of his
campstool, blood running down his face. Ron went back to help him and to pull him out of the open.
Meanwhile the rest of the people on the line began shooting down into the arroyo blindly. Muzzle
flashes and the roar of rifles, shotguns and pistol deafened the night. Sometimes since having left
Vietnam, where I’d spent three years hunting communists in the 5th S.F. Gp., my mind would revert
back to those days where every instinct and ounce of training and hardcore experience were a part of
my every waking moment. It was so now. I had instinctively closed my eyes when everyone began
shooting so that I could save my night vision.
“Everybody move five feet right!� I screamed and I pushed Phil away from me as I moved five feet to
my right. Turning I yelled at Pedro to follow me to his right. The whole thing took five or ten seconds
to complete and we were no sooner moved than another barrage of rocks landed right where each
man had been before. Even the areas some 60 yards behind us received a smattering of rocks with
tents being bombarded and equipment being hailed upon. This time when I came up there were targets
aplenty for me! Some 40 to 50 yards in front of me ranged a line of Lizards across the arroyo, each
caught in the act of either throwing a rock or in having just launched one our way. I started on the left
and dropped the first four, each with a bullet at the point where his neck met his chest. The screams
of dying Lizards and outraged live ones made a new sound in the night. Dropping down, I reloaded,
and popped back up to take out the first of four more to my right. There hadn’t been time to adjust
my sights and my poor mans’ Redfield was still set at 9X. Lizard head and chest filled my sights to
capacity and the titanium tipped post glowed like a beacon in a storm. There was no thought to what I
was doing. I could see the fine scales around the cheeks and eyes that grew smaller and smaller as
they got close to the eye socket. The eye itself had a vertical pupil, like a cats and the mouth, filled
with jagged pointy teeth, wasn’t just in the center of the face but seemed to be hinged on each side of
the head and opened like the great maw of some Hollywood monster. Number one took my first 180
gr bullet down his throat; number two just above his upper lip. The third and fourth were by this time
running away from me and were both shot between the shoulder blades about where I thought a heart
would be. I never used the fifth round; I had grown into the habit of saving it for me. No matter; They
were on the run now, stopping only to pickup their dead and making no pretence of being stealthful or
“You three stay here and keep an eye out, I’m going up to see how Steffy is.� Phil ordered. I light up
a much-needed Camel turned to Pedro and asked him if he still had coffee in the thermoses.
more later

and i hope he has time to write his BOOK!!

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