Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Groom Lake

"Anyone for a swim?"
All through the month of April, Minnie will help me explore the people, places and things that WE call creepy, strange and downright weird. To be honest, Minnie finds almost everything creepy and strange so having the entire alphabet at our disposal is going to be a challenge. You might find what we discover delightful, or you may agree with us. Please share your opinions either way. Have fun road-tripping the Alphabet by visiting others doing the challenge as well. To find out more on the A-Z blogging challenge follow the link.

Groom Lake

For those of you that wanted to hear about ghosts today you will have to wait...I do have a chilling, creepy story about haunting to tell tomorrow, but falling into the category of strange today is Groom Lake. Groom Lake is a salt flat in Nevada used for the Nellis Bombing Range Test Site airport, but it is better known as the name given to a famous “secret” military base also known as Area 51. There is no beach here and according to the government the existence of “Area 51” has been generally denied, in practice the area is part of an extensive training and testing range run by the United States Air Force.

It is believed that the base has been used as a facility for developing and testing new experimental aircraft and aviation technologies. It is also famously connected to the UFO phenomenon and conspiracy theories suggest that the United States is testing either captured alien spacecraft or new vehicles based on alien technology. The small town of Rachel is located near Groom Lake on the aptly named Extraterrestrial Highway and it is a popular tourist destination. Tours taking visitors to the famous “trespassers will be shot” signs at the very edge of the restricted area 51 are a popular attraction.

Area 51 has been featured in numerous films, books and television shows for many years including movies like Independence Day and shows such as the X-Files. It has become a symbol of government cover-ups and alien conspiracies in modern pop culture.

So what do you think? Are there government conspiracies out there? How much do we really know, and how much do we want to?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wouldn't wander into that area - good chance there are buried mines.

Robin said...

Are there government conspiracies out there? Hahahahaha.

I mean... yes. Absolutely. Forgive my hilarity at the question.

D.G. Hudson said...

There have been and will continue to be conspiracies. Power is an addicting drug. In the old kingdoms, it was more rampant. For instance, The Game of Thrones.

As for Area 51, it's more interesting because they keep it so secret. As a scifi writer, I love stuff like this.

Yolanda Renee said...

Conspiracies? For sure, and I'll even formulate a few for you! Life is a conspiracy, and our government at the heart of all! LOL

Roland D. Yeomans said...

No government ever tells its citizens the entire truth. Deals, compromises, shady money-laundering -- to read the journals of historic figures is to sigh over the lies told to the population.

Add a true alien landing with live or dead occupants? Well, the average American citizen would know nothing of the truth of that.

The best way to live well is to keep off the government's radar and not be interesting! :-)

Tamara Grantham said...

I've never heard it called Groom Lake. I've always heard the more popular area 51. My in-laws live near Albuquerque, so maybe I'll become one of those annoying tourists.