April 8 – 9, 2019.
I got this idea in my head last year to visit Area 51 – you know, the secret military installation in Nevada where they keep captured Aliens and do experiments on them. I was actually thinking about my friend Ellen when I came up with this idea – she writes a cozy mystery series and her main character, Mollie, is an investigative reporter for FAROUT (Federation for Alien Research, Outreach, and UFO Tracking). Mollie would love to get the scoop on Area 51 so I thought we’d visit for her (Is it ironic looking into little green men who may or may not exist for a woman who definitely doesn’t exist?). So I got on the internet and searched for info about visiting. What I found out is that people aren’t allowed to visit but I did find this blog post about a guy who did the journey to the back gate of the place – stopping in a itty bitty town in the middle of nowhere Nevada called Rachel, acquiring a map at the diner one of the few businesses in town, and then driving down a dirt road to Area 51’s back entrance just to take a picture.
I revived this notion during our latest trip to Nevada and did another internet search for details about the journey. This time I found an article titled, “You’ll have a gun to your head if you don’t follow these rules when visiting Area 51” and thought maybe it really wasn’t the most fun idea after all. Still, since we were in Nevada I thought we’d travel down the Extraterrestrial Highway anyways, just to see what was there, keeping our eyes peeled, looking for Aliens for my fictional friend Mollie.
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* If you are curious about Mollie, who is not only fascinated with Aliens, but also loves chocolate, and cats and solves murder mysteries while adjusting to her husband new passion for sailing, check out her books here on Amazon or at Ellen’s website at ellenjacobsonauthor.com.