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This is a view of the area spanning the orange pole marker to the discarded Coleman catalytic heater:
bald mountain camera site 1
For people who have been to the area before, this image has the silver ball in it for a location reference:
bald mountain camera site 2
I was already parked by the ET Highway by the time the dudes made it to the area. In fact, I nearly missed them.
Camo dudes dutifully defend nothing
I swear the dude in the passenger seat looks like a gray. ;-)
The whole point of using Area-51 was because it was secret. Now that it's been in movies and TV shows, I'm betting there isn't anything super-secret there anymore. The government wouldn't allow it to be in "Independence Day" if they really kept secret stuff there.
It's a great decoy though ... with the guards and everything. In another 40 years we'll learn about where the secret stuff currently is being worked on.
reply to post by LacunaE
Hint: you can make movies in the US about the military without the permission of the government. The most famous of these being Apocalypse Now.
Hint: Independence Day wasn't even filmed in Nevada. They used El Mirage dry lake as Groom Lake.
Hint: Groom Lake gets bigger every year. They just added a hush house.
OK, I provided all the clues. Now if you want to believe those silly stories about the base being moved or the secret stuff is elsewhere, be my guest. However, this talk polluted a perfect good thread about some real change at the Nellis border.
I'm not ruling out your theory, but this particular road is a really terrible way to get to the base. Well unless you like challenging off road driving.
reply to post by LacunaE
I read it carefully. You added the part about the military having issues. Nobody held a gun to your head to post that, I presume. As I pointed out, who needs military cooperation?
With some map reading and careful observation, you could get on the free territory part of the road with a quad. Chuck Clark did this during his "document the orange poles" project.
Gariac and I discussed this in a post a while back.
I saw signs of trenching/cabling from the Area 51 guardshack along a trail to one of the Bald Mountain Gates, in the newer Bing Maps imagery. The spot is 37°29'30.74"N, 115°40'24.69"W
I just returned from a trip down to Nevada, and visited this gate among others. Here are pictures at this gate.
I should have taken more/better pictures, but what you can't see between the first and second pictures was the camo dude truck parked to the left of the new "device", that started coming after me when I started taking pictures!
I cannot deduce what this thing is. Looks like a cement pad, with two uprights imbedded in it, 2 -3 crossbeams, and also two pipes coming up support a rectangular something. The fire extinguisher has me baffled.
Ideas or conjecture, gariac, anyone?
EDITED TO ADD:
If you follow this trail back towards the guard shack, you will see a number of similar cement pads.edit on 4-5-2013 by FosterVS because: (no reason given)
My God.... it's a Flambooseler Gyrofugal Tambilator....
Quick run for your lives....