Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Extraterrestrial Highway

I saw this lovely cow crossing the ranch road the other day. Now, for most people, this would not be a memorable moment. But there was something in the cow's stature, the far-off mountains, and the winter lighting that made me remember of a trip I took a few years ago, a trip not to be forgotten.

That trip was out to a desolate highway, with plenty of open range, except the open range wasn't quite the same as it is throughout the rest of the West. This open range had the special designation shown above the cow on the sign. (Photo from rachel-nevada.com website). I kept expecting to see cows being beamed up, and the music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind played in my head.

This trip was out on the Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada 375. This 98-mile long highway only passes one town, Rachel, NV. Calling it a town is a bit of a stretch, with just a scattering of buildings. Normally it would be totally ignored, but it has the fortune of being close to the infamous Area 51. If you like UFOs and aliens, this is a mecca. 

The Little A'Le'Inn is a restaurant and hotel. When I went in, some folks from the military base were enjoying a little time off by entertaining themselves with looking at the numerous photos covering the walls of UFOs and clippings of strange sights seen in the area. Locals offer tours to special spots where outsiders can peek into the ultra-high security area and try to determine what's happening inside. (By the way--the magnet above is a bit old--the new area code is 775, but the rest of the phone and fax numbers are correct.)

At the time I took my trip, the Nevada tourism office was offering a promotion that if I turned in a couple receipts from the ET highway, I could get this cool bumper sticker. I still haven't ever seen anyone else with one. I wonder why not??

And after recalling that wonderful trip and all the potentially strange things happening over the Great Basin desert, I look closer at the image of the cow crossing the road. Maybe some of those white clouds really aren't clouds after all...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe that cow is just looking for a cosmic tanning bed.
gs

The Incredible Woody said...

I have always wanted to do that road trip!!

flatbow said...

Don't forget to wear your aluminum foil hat when driving on that highway!

Caroline said...

You are just SO clever! Love your space ships!!!

On a serious note, my family, being military, actually lived in Roswell around 1959-60. A mere twelve or so years after the mysterious sightings. My mother didn't think too much of it, she wasn’t' a believer, that was until she noticed after hours of play in our desert back yard, I would glow in the dark!! No nightlights needed in this house hold…

{{{Radioactive hugs}}}

~C

Anonymous said...

That would be a great road trip - in a _stealth car_! The trick is getting the stealth plane paint...

viagra online said...

Looks like a nice town or place to spend a weekend, maybe one can actually watch an Ufo or a gray being.

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