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I booked into the Flamingo hotel on the strip in Vegas for 3 nights. The plan was to use it as a base to explore the area. The plan was slightly successful. The first day I spent in the vortex that is Vegas, walking up and down the strip agog at the excess. In a matter of minutes I was able to visit both the Eiffel Tower and Venice. Amazing.
On the second day I decided to ride back into the desert and explore the Extraterrestrial Highway.**
This is Nevada route 375 west of route 93. It was named the Extraterrestrial hwy in 1996 for a number of reasons including that: it is the highway that is used to access Area 51, the top secret US military base that is so secret the US government won't even confirm the existence of it; and, it is an area where there are hundreds of sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects. About in the middle of the highway is the Town of Rachel www.ethighway.com/. This was my destination - more specifically - the Little A'le'inn www.littlealeinn.com/. This "Inn" is a kooky cafe/diner/motel where you can meet an assortment of conspiracy theorists and alien/UFO experts. *
I was not disappointed on my visit as I was "schooled" on the locations and entrances of Area 51 www.dreamlandresort.com. A couple of interesting facts:Â
- The Facility is located within the 3 million acre Nellis Bombing and Gunnery Range; *
- The Base played an integral role in the development of the U-2 spy plane, the SR-71 spy plane and the F-117 stealth fighter;Â
- If you cross the border of the restricted area surrounding Area 51, you will be pulled out of your vehicle, and held at gunpoint, face down on the ground. The Lincoln County Sheriff will be called. When the sheriff shows up he will arrest you and if he concludes that you accidentally crossed the line, you will be released after receiving a $650 citation for trespassing;Â
- There are signs at the boundaries of the site that authorize the use of deadly force.
Needless to say I didn't attempt to enter the site, though I did locate the road leading into it, called Groom Lake Road. You can se it going off into the hills in the disance.
Below is probably the most photographed mailbox in the United States. It is Rancher Steve Medlin's mailbox and it is used as a marker for people seeking out UFO's. It is said that if you want to see a UFO, the area around this mailbox is a prime spot, as many people have had sightings of unusual objects or strange lights in the night sky from here. I have to report, I didn't see anything of the sort.