Thursday, June 21, 2018

Home and odds and ends

Oops, forgot to post yesterday.
We left Rachel fairly early planning to get gas and stay in the RV park in Alamo. [No gas stations between Tonopah and Alamo] But it was still early after filling the tank so we both agreed to keep going.
If you didn't check out this web page while reading the last post, I urge you to do it. Very interesting history of a tough little town.  Be sure tio scroll down to get to the stories.
My new mouse pad for the laptop. Just so the aliens don't mess with the laptop. 
Goodbye Rachel. Interesting visiting you but don't think we'll be back.
 More lovely Nevada scenery. Straight road, mountains and some bushes. 
 Oh my goodness a curve and even more mountains. There was some wind but not as bad as the day before. 
 And some Joshua trees. love them, wish we could have one.
 Hum... more aliens.
 And Fresh ET Jerky. Unfortunately we didn't stop to buy any. 
 Stopping for gas in Alamo, cheaper than Vegas.
And on towards home, not much to take pictures of.
Here is some information on the two monuments we saw in Tonopah."Big" Bill Murphy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, August 25, 2012
"Big" Bill Murphy Marker
Inscription. This statue depicts Big Bill Murphy, hero of the tragic Tonopah Belmont Mine fire that killed 17 miners on February 23, 1911. Murphy went down in the mine cage a number of times to bring up stricken miners.
On the last trip he did not return.
In May 1900, Jim and Belle Butler came prospecting from their hay ranch at Belmont to stake the claims that gave rise to Tonopah. This was the first silver bonanza of the 20th century. It prompted a mining renaissance and this heritage is Tonopah's greatest attraction along with good food, lodging and all necessary services. This monument was designed and built by local artist Adam Skiles and dedicated by Tonopah citizens, May, 2007

Guess I should have taken the time to do this when I made the original post. 
We got into town around noon. No problems with traffic going through the spaghetti bowl - the main interchange in downtown. Looks like most of the work with the new ramps is finishing up. 
On our way home from Mexico we bought a new GPS - I love it. It has all North America maps on it. The graphics are a vast improvement over our old one. I don't know about the audio as I shut it off. Will try it one of these days. When getting to an off ramp it shows the exact lane you have to be in, no guessing. It is a Garmim Drive Smart 61 North America LMT-S 
 Next to our cell phone, I love the size, I can actually see it. Also shows gas stations, banks and restaurants on regular screen.
Still need to figure out to use all its features - little by little.
On the cell phone I've downloaded the "" application. Once you download the map - like a  state or area you want you can use it off line. Great for here in town. 
Boy we are going into a hot time - lowest daytime temp for the next seven days is 105. I found some interesting things I want to see here in downtown Vegas but will have to wait for a while till it cools a little. Also we are watching the World Cup games - three games a morning, by the time they are done it is too hot to go anywhere outside. 
Bill finished his eye drops yesterday and everyday he is more pleased with how he can see. He still reaches to take his glasses off to change clothes or wash his face. Habits are hard to break. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Adventure in Rachel

We got to Rachel around 2:30 [had stayed in Tonopah to watch a soccer game.] The wind was blowing like a son of a gun! Bill's arms were tired.The welcoming sign of the Inn and RV park. 
A little space ship out front. 
 Being towed by a wrecker. It was swinging around some from the wind. You have to be little to fit in there. 
The Restaurant/office.  
Mural on the side of the building. 
The back side of the restaurant/gift shop/office. Our view from front window. Notice the tree leaning left.
 The RV park - 4 sites. 30 amp electricity, no dump. I think it had water but we didn't need any so didn't hook up. WiFi was okay. $20 a night paid for when I made the reservation the day before. By evening only one space was empty.
We pulled forward enough that the trees weren't rubbing on the RV. The velocity of the wind seemed to be increasing by the minute. Almost lost the door to the RV when I opened it. Luckily the wind was hitting directly on the back of the RV. 
Both hungry by then so went to the restaurant. Here is Bill being watched over by an Alien. Wonder if they are thinking about studying him? He looks so different without his glasses.
All kinds of posters and photographs in the restaurant. This is the menu.
We ordered the Alien Burger, came with choice of coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad or chips. We both got the coleslaw. The burger was very good. Forgot to take picture until I'd already taken a couple of bites. It was not on a regular hamburger bun which I liked. Bill said he wished it was bigger. 

This family was hanging around by the wall next to us. 
The ghostly alien right behind Bill.
Just some of the decorations and things for sale in the restaurant. 
I remember reading something about the dollar bills on the ceiling, but don't remember what it was. Sure are lots of them. 
I love this quilt, it was for sale. 
Small restaurant, it had a pool table but while we were there it was covered in clean sheets that were being folded for the motel rooms.
Didn't see anyone I knew.
Oh Yes! The souvenir shop. You can bet I went there before we left. 
What every house needs.
What I bought - actually I bought this t-shirt and a new mouse pad with the same design and a couple of pins for our collection.

More pictures. A quote from a web page. to read the rest of the web page - it is very interesting click here.
"Rachel would be unknown to the world if it wasn't for the UFO claims. Since 1989, people from around the world have come to Highway 375 to look for lights in the sky they think are extraterrestrial. The visitors talk about "Area 51", the top secret military base 25 miles south of here, but the base has little real connection with Rachel aside from its proximity on the map. "You can't get there from here," the locals might say about the base, so it could just as well be a million miles away. Most residents have never seen any UFOs and are generally skeptical of the fantastic claims made by tourists. No more than 5 or 6 residents still work at the "Test Site"--meaning any of the restricted government areas to the south or west--and those who work at Area 51 won't discuss it. Most of the UFO and Area 51 talk is limited to the bar, which caters to the "UFO-tourists" and where no claim is too fantastic to be exchanged as truth. The rest of Rachel's population hardly ever thinks about UFOs except when asked by reporters."
Interesting picture. I saw one of the last flights when they did a fly over of the San Fernando Valley in CA when the plane was on it way to a museum.
Where are my people? Are they coming back for me?
The wind continued to get stronger. Finally we pulled in the slides. The motion wasn't too bad, just felt like little earthquakes. But the NOISE. it sounded like we were in a bowling alley with all lanes being used. 
Rachel -the red X - is pretty close to the infamous Area 51 - at bottom of picture near Groom Lakes. Bill didn't even unpack his drone, knew it would not work. To read more about Area 51 click here. Again an interesting read. I think the circles are a crop of some kind.
If you stay overnight at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, or camp nearby, you get to see the most amazing night sky, far away from the light-pollution of the cities. However we didn't get to see much of the sky lots of cloud cover and dust in the air. Beside I could barely stand up in the wind. 
Sometime during the night the front passed through and the wind let up some, thank goodness.
We left in the morning before the wind picked up again, were planning on stopping in Alamo, but just gassed up and continued on home. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Heading to Rachel on the Extraterrestrial Highway

Here is our entire trip home to home. About 500 miles. Most of the roads were two lane secondary but in pretty good shape. The town of Rachel where we were headed is at #5.
These pictures were taken on Highway 6 driving east. The winds were picking up as we started out the day. Lots and lots of nothing but lots and lots of nothing. We could see about four mountain ranges in the distance.
 Didn't catch the sign. I guess something to do with the air force base.
By now we were driving through the Toiyabe National Forest. See all the trees? Neither did we.
Open range signs. And they meant it. Saw lots of cattle beside the road. Thankfully none of them ventured out in front of us. 
You can see the front passing through Nevada. The winds had really picked up, battering the RV around. Glad there was very little traffic on the highway. 
No idea what this was, X marks the spot? We also passed many signs stating "Watch for low flying aircraft." Too bad we didn't see any. 
Still in the forest. Lots of different mountain ranges in the difference. We were told that Nevada is the most mountainous state, with several different mountain ranges. Oh look, some bushes.
Nevada State Highway 375 stretches for 98 miles from US-6 in the northwest to US-93 in the southeast. It crosses three large high desert valleys in south central Nevada: Tikaboo Valley, Sand Spring Valley and Railroad Valley. Except for a couple of ranches, the town of Rachel is the only settlement along the way. And this is where we were headed when we left Tonopah.
In April 1996 Nevada State Highway 375 was officially named the Extraterrestrial Highway for the many UFO sightings along this lonely stretch of road. The highway is close to the mysterious Area 51, a super-secret Air Force test facility, and in the 1980's and 1990's there have been many sightings of unidentified objects near the base. Even today visitors and locals alike often see strange lights in the night-sky while driving down the highway. Most of the E.T. Highway is open range. This means that there is a good chance that you will see some cows crossing the highway, or standing in the road. 
 N idea what this was, right at the intersection of the 375 and 6. 
Up to now heading east the wind was hitting us on the passenger side. After making the turn almost due south the wind WAS STILL HITTING US ON THE PASSENGER SIDE. How can that be.  59 miles to Rachel 
 Cattle beside the road. Lots of calves too. Also saw a couple of deer but they were too fast to get good pictures of. 
 All of the sudden the desert was green and there were trees.
 Pretty isn't it. 
 And here is a small lake.
A UFO IN THE SKY - WOW - we are actually seeing an UFO.

Oh nuts, we are just seeing three balloons a white ball and a red ball and a blue star. NUTS. Thought we were on to something. But where the heck did they come from? Absolutely nothing or no one around here. 
 With the increased winds came the dust devils, some really big ones. Luckily most of them were on the east side of the road and not heading towards us.  

Oh crap it is just another tourist taking pictures. 
 After a long drive of two hands gripping the steering wheel we have finally made it to Rachel.
 A map of Rachel Not much to it is there. 
The Little A'Le'Inn. They have an RV park where we stayed the night. 
More on our adventure in Rachel tomorrow.