Sunday, November 22, 2009

Busy Saturday and Beautiful Wild Horses!

We needed to take a family trip out to our favorite part of Nevada. We headed out to Eastern Nevada after a long week at work. Our plans were to visit Delamar Ghost town and Caliente. Having to drive through Alamo, we decided to take a look at the parking lot where the white bus parks on the weekend. The white bus takes workers to and from Area 51 during the weekdays. The usual sight was the amount of cars there on a Saturday morning. Normally, there are no cars parked there on the weekends. There were also cars parked at the ET HWY sign in Crystal Springs. This was very unusual. The bus appeared to be a different bus as well. I am wondering if the cars were due to construction going on at Groom Lake. Maybe they would work on certain projects during the weekend. I am not really sure, but it seems odd. Here is a photo of the busy lot (for a Saturday)
Alamo Sheriff's Annex

After taking a few photos in Alamo and Crystal Springs, we headed to Delamar Ghost Town and Caliente. The ghost town is approximately 15 miles down a dirt road from the highway. The first ten miles were ok, but the last part was way too rocky. I didn't want to chance slicing a tire on the sharp rocks out in the middle of nowhere. We made it to the Delamar Cemetery. I was really quite fascinating. Here is a link to some of the photos from this area:
Delamar Cemetery

The real treat was the journey back to the highway. We encountered two beautiful wild horses. They were suprised to see us and back away quickly, but we got some incredible shots with the old camera. Each time I see these beautiful creatures, I only hope Nevada and the BLM is doing everything they can to protect them.
Wild Horses

Here is a link to all the photos take during this wonderful Saturday getaway!
Delamar Photo Album

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2009

What a great airshow. My brother and dad came down from Fresno, California for the yearly airshow at Nellis. The lines were a little long to get in and the wait for a bus back to the parking lot after the show was long as well, but the Thunderbirds and other performers more than made up for the lines. It was cool to see the B-52 and her crew. I asked one of the crew members how he likes flying on the Nellis Range. He enjoys coming out there. He is stationed in Lousiana. Of course, I had to ask him about flying over Area 51 and the restricted airspace. He replied, "I have know idea about any of that". Good answer! Here is link to the other photos and a few videos I took of the Thunderbirds.

Nellis AFB Aviation Nation 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

White Blazer Cammo Dude?

I took a great grandma and her grandson out to Area 51 for a tour. The two of them were from Virginia. I am sure walking around the "Strip" in Las Vegas Halloween night was an adventure. It probably was more of an adventure than heading out to Area 51. The two were really excited about the tour. They were amazed at the desolation of the desert in that area, but also appreciated the beauty of it. The tour included all of the typical stops and sights. The only thing out of the ordinary was the white Blazer that showed up to talk to the "cammo dudes" at the warning signs. I had never seen that Blazer before. All of the current "cammo dude" trucks are a brownish color that blends in very well with the surrounding desert. The white truck came up from behind and two "cammo dudes" jumped out and started talking to the other two dudes in the brown truck. The driver of the white Blazer sure had a nice hand gun strapped to his leg. I wonder what kind of a gun it was? I had a nice pair of binoculars on them to see what was up! After watching them talk for a while, we left the area and headed to the mailbox.