Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 37

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Illegal Aliens

Rachel NV

From the official town website:

Located on the world’s only Extraterrestrial Highway

Population: Humans 98, Aliens ??

The town of Rachel is located in Sand Spring Valley, in the southern Nevada high desert, along the world’s only Extraterrestrial Highway, aka. Hwy 375. It is located about 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

In its heyday Rachel had over 500 residents, today the population is down to less than 100. Most of the people living in Rachel are retired, work at the alfalfa farms or in one of the three local businesses. A few people work at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR) or in Area 51, but of course those who really do can not talk about it.

The only remaining local businesses in Rachel is the Little A’Le’Inn Restaurant and Bar. There is a public phone outside the Little A’Le’Inn, but you need a calling card to use it.

In August 2002 Rachel got its own Fire Truck, as the result of an initiative by some of the residents.

Ever since the late 1980’s Rachel has been a popular destination among UFO fans, attracted by the nearby Area 51, and by hundreds of UFO sightings in the area. Rachel has been dubbed the “UFO Capital of the World”, and people from all around the world come to visit Rachel and the Little A’Le’Inn, and to get information to plan their personal expedition to that mysterious base in the desert.

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32 thoughts on “Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 37

  1. What a great discovery, Emilio (and a fine photo as well, but that’s not unusual)! Seems as if those who are left are making the best of what they have. I think I’d prefer the Ale-Inn, though, with corresponding taps inside the bar area and not Area 51. 🙂

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    1. It really was great. We were driving aimlessly when Lynn said just go up to the next curve in the road and then we’ll head home. At the next curve was the sign for the Extraterrestrial Highway but we were losing the light. So we went back the following weekend and drove to Rachel. The people were all so nice. We couldn’t get rid of our waitress once our food came. She wanted to tell us her whole life! 🙂

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    1. Well, if you want to call what we did “flock” then yes, we flocked to this town. The first trip, we got as far as the Extraterrestrial Highway sign. The following weekend we drove in and around the town but never made it to Area 51. On our third trip in 3 weeks, we found the gate to Area 51 and spent most of the day in the town, having lunch at the A’le’Inn. We might even go back one of these nights to enjoy some star gazing as we were told they have some of the darkest skies in the US. 🙂

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      1. Oh I didn’t mean just you. I meant that these places draw a lot of people. Heck, I’d be one of them if I were nearby. Star gazing would be so amazing Emilio. I hardly ever see a dark sky like that. I can imagine how serene that would be!

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    1. There is really no way of knowing as they are so secretive about it. And the gate at Area 51 is so nondescript that it’s scary. Just a simple wire fence with a gate. Both about 4 feet high. Easy to climb over and seemingly unguarded. But I’m sure there are cameras all over.

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