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The Little Ale Inn on the Extraterrestrial Highway across from "Area 51" | by Chico Boomba
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The Little Ale Inn on the Extraterrestrial Highway across from "Area 51"

Definitely one of the coolest dive bars in this world. The Little Ale Inn in Rachel Nevada on the Extraterrestrial Highway across from "Area 51". This is a film print scan from my Cannon AE1. Not sure what caused that white streak in the sky (aliens?) it's on the negative!


This was 1996, got my 1st new car, a Kia, the cheapest option, it had a warranty, so I promptly took off on a road trip that turned into 8000+ miles across 13 states & Victoria, British Columbia. I remember driving down this road heading towards Mono Lake, for what seemed like hours without passing another car; salt flats on both sides made the road look like it stretched to the sea. Nothing, till finally I see a gleam in the distance, 20 minutes later I've arrived at what looked to be a ghost town with a few mobile homes, a menagerie of vehicles parked around them, & a sign: The Little Ale Inn! A combination bar & diner; Inside were the requisite (Nevada) slot machines, all kinds of literature & trinkets with, or about, ufo's & aliens, BIG haired waitresses telling stories of their encounters with Extraterrestrials... All in all, twas quite the trip!

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Taken on August 17, 2014