posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 04:30 AM
I guess there isn't much of a guide here for visiting the area. First of all, everything on the ET Highway from Crystal springs out to the
intersection with US 6 is open range. Translation: big cattle are often found in the road. Suggested night time driving speed is 40MPH in the open
range at night. I have seen cattle mutilations and car mutilations that happened IN THE FREAKIN' DAYLIGHT, as well as at night. Look at the skid
marks on the ET Highway sometime. It's about 50/50 that your car will be drivable after an encounter of the bovine kind.
I don't consider the cammo dudes to be arseholes. I think in a sick way we mutually entertain each other. Now, if you didn't cross the line, then I
have a problem with you being detained. There isn't much of a complaint department with the dudes or the sheriff. The Lincoln County Sheriff
department acts as if they answer to no one. I avoid them at all costs. [Nye county is completely different.] Even the locals in Rachel avoid calling
the sheriff at all costs. Ask a local about the sheriff department, and the kindest thing they say is they are all corrupt.
There is some real trash from Alamo on dirt bikes and ATVs. It's really a shame as most of the town is really nice, but I have met such characters.
They get pretty uppity if they consider you are driving on THEIR land, which we know isn't the case. BLM land is OUR land. Visitors generaly tread
lightly on the desert soil, but the Alamo kids just trash the place.
I ran into some dove hunters around Cedar Pipeline Ranch. They got a bit pissed at me driving around and disturbing the birds. Once I made it clear it
was OUR land, they chilled out and told me about some of the nuts they have encountered over the years around the range. Once they met a pack of
teenagers hunting in the same general area. These arseholes would shoot for the hell of it, birds or no birds, and all over the place. We're talking
Dick Cheney style shooting. It was bad enough to make the "regular" (perhaps sane is a better word) hunters get the hell out of Dodge.
I've had the sheriff (deputy) chat me up once, but never the dudes. They generally don't want to interface with the public unless there is a
For nighttime viewing, there is a patch of gravel by the ET Highway. The dudes might light up your plate to record it, but they won't bug you. [The
dudes "sweep" the highway maybe every 3 to 4 hours. It seems like a period spaced so far apart as to not be particularly useful.]
The dudes get a bit antsy at night. The nighttime scenario goes something like this. You drive down GLR. At some point, you will see a light turn on
in the distance. The dude turns on his domelight to write up a log of a visitor approaching. The light goes out. Now when you get close, the dude may
do nothing, or turn his headlight on, or turn on the red/blue flashers buried behind the grille. Most of the time they want to make it clear that they
are out there.
At night, I suggest flashlight wars. You light them up, they light you up. Lots of fun. I've walked around the front gate and general area at night,
and they probably don't like it. I had them spot light me once for maybe 10 minutes as I walked around.
I suspect if there are a lot of people at the border, the standard operating procedure changes. Probably some backup gets dispatched from the base.
These guys have to exhibit force but not be too threatening. It's kind of tricky. So yelling and acting "in charge" is part of the act. In theory,
if you haven't crossed the line, you can just ignore them. Now if they whip out a badge (remember, these guys are deputized), that is a different