|Tour of Area 51|
|We went over to the Area 51 Research Center to get a tour. The Center is owned by Glenn Campbell and is run by Don Emory, who took us out on our tour.|
Our first stop on the tour was the famous "black mailbox," located about
20 miles south east of Rachel, just off the Extraterrestrial Highway.
The mailbox, painted white in 1996, belongs to a rancher who raises
cattle and actually has grazing rights for land that goes into the
Restricted Zone Boundary of the base.
The mailbox is famous because many UFO sightings have been made here. As you can see, the mailbox is covered in "I was here" type graffiti. The highest peak, just to the right of the mailbox post, is Badger Mountain. The next peak over is Tikaboo Peak, currently the closest peak from which you can see Area 51.
|Nope, this is not our car! This is what we found when we turned onto Groom Lake Road on our way to the base boundary. The two aliens from the wreckage seemed mostly okay and we put our tour on hold and drove them to town to get help. And actually, the aliens were from England, not some far away planet. :)|
|Just before sunset, looking down Groom Lake Road. The base boundary is this side of the hills, about 10 miles away. Beyond the hills lies the dry bed of Groom Lake, and the secret military base, Area 51.|
And here we are at the base boundary. To our right, security people in a
truck have a good vantage point up on a hill. To our left are more warning
signs, and two security cameras that we can see.
The signs say Use of deadly force authorized. If you pass the signs, you will be arrested and fined. If you're not shot and killed by security, that is.
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