Area 51 Photography is part of my Desert Photography series and is focused on the collection of desert landscapes, desert sky photography and other austere locations.
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See photos of our adventure below:
AREA 51 PHOTO GALLERY
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AREA 51 TOUR
Along the way, I’ve decided that the journey is as important, if not more important than finding the answers I’m searching for. For that reason, I’m documenting the expeditions I embark on, often accompanied by my wife, and sharing those experiences with anyone who’s interested in my findings.
My wife and I went out to “The Black Mailbox” near Area 51 Nevada. We spent the day traveling around the countryside, exploring several points of interest and documenting our excursion. We were joined by another truth seeker, Bruce Bradley, who knows the area very well. Bruce is something of a local legend and the unofficial caretaker of the black mailbox. He’s been out there countless numbers of times and gave the two of us the grand tour. Many thanks to Bruce for his kindness and patience he showed us during on our travels. What an amazing person he is.
Our first stop was the entry point to the Extraterrestrial Highway for a quick photo op, then we went on to the Alien Research center. A fantastic UFO themed gift shop with thousands of keepsakes and memorabilia to commemorate anyone’s journey to this desolate location.
THE BLACK MAILBOX
Next stop was the black mailbox itself. Originally made famous because of Bob Lazar and his buddies Gene Huff and John Lear, who went out there to witness alleged UFOs that Lazar claims he had worked on at a location designated S4 which is just south of Area 51.
After stopping at the black mailbox and shooting a few photos, we proceeded another 20 miles to the west and stopped at the tiny town of Rachel NV. Best known for being a way-station to weary travelers visiting this out of the way part of Nevada. A few more photos here and we were on the road again, this time Off-roading to the south west where we eventually ended up at the back gate of Area 51.
AREA 51 BACK GATE
The back gate is literally a gate, with a couple of small temporary structures, also known as guard shacks, and a ton of warning signs. Do not enter, Restricted area etc. Of course Area 51 Photography is prohibited, so we may or may not have proceeded to shoot some photos of the surrounding landscape, waved at the cameras, then went on our way.
THE LITTLE ALE’INN
We drove back to Rachel and had a quick bite to eat at the Little Ale’Inn and the food was excellent. If you come to this part of the world, you must stop in and have a meal at this little diner. It’s well worth it.
After dinner we drove back to the black mailbox where we setup cameras and settled in for a long night of skywatching and night photography.