By Judy Berman
Leaving Las Vegas, we headed out in search of aliens. There was a reported sighting in Rachel, Nevada – about 145 miles outside Vegas.
Maybe it was the burning, hot desert sun or the long drive. But on the way to the Extraterrestrial Highway (Route 375), I was shocked when I did see green. There were miles of green pasture and free-range cattle just off the side of the road.
But that’s not what Dave and I came out here for.
Then, we spotted it – the Little A’Le’Inn. It’s the travel destination for people across the world – and, perhaps, intergalactic travel. It became a popular UFO seminar headquarters, following reports by KLAS-TV investigative reporter George Knapp on Bob Lazar, who claimed he worked on flying saucers at nearby Area 51.
“Area 51, Dreamland, Groom Lake, the Ranch, the Box – all these names refer to the top-secret research installation located 100 miles north of Las Vegas that has prompted speculation about captured alien spacecraft and hidden bodies of extraterrestrial beings. The facility and surrounding areas are also associated with UFO and conspiracy stories,” according to “Off the Beaten Path Nevada,” by Heidi Knapp Rinella.
“George Knapp wrote about Bob Lazar in 1989, and it snowballed from there. (Our restaurant is) the destination stop for foreign travelers,” said owner Pat Travis-Laudenklos, who has owned the restaurant for 25 years.
The international buzz prompted Pat Travis-Laudenklos and her late husband, Joe, to change the restaurant’s name from the Rachel Bar and Grill to the Little A’Le’Inn. in 1989.
During our brief visit last month, we met people who had driven to the restaurant from Virginia, and visitors from Las Vegas and London. She estimates that they get a minimum of 200 visitors a day. The restaurant’s World Famous Alien burgers, Saucer burgers or Galaxy Wrap (low-carb) might be part of the appeal. The tourists said they wanted to see what the place was about before they went to Area 51.
She’s no stranger to UFO sightings.
“I’ve watched a craft do maneuvers, moving faster in either direction than any I’ve ever seen,” said Pat Travis-Laudenklos. “Can I prove it’s one of ours? No. I can’t.”
But another encounter late one night still leaves her shaken. Pat said that she and Joe saw “a beam of light shoot thru the back (steel) door. It illuminated the door jamb. I still get goose bumps when I talk about it.”
Still not convinced?
Order the restaurant’s “Beam Me Up Scotty beverage, which reportedly helps the staunchest skeptic see UFOs,” according to “Off the Beaten Path Nevada.”
As you leave this tiny town, you’d be well-advised to be careful on your drive – especially after sundown. You don’t want to run into any little greys, or risk a collision with a low-flying vehicle traveling at warp speed thru the night.
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Video: Area 51 – the alien interview with Bob Lazar and George Knapp and David Adair (Steven Williams, host)
Video: Update on Area 51 Whistleblower Bob Lazar – interview by KLAS-TV investigative reporter George Knapp – http://www.openminds.tv/update-on-area-51-whistleblower-bob-lazar-1064/
Video: UFO – Sightings UFO Report with Tim White – George Knapp, investigative reporter, and Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4s6kQuoLqM
KLAS-TV – Area 51: UFOs (May 7, 2005) – George Knapp, investigative reporter on Area 51, photos and comments about Little A’Le’Inn http://www.8newsnow.com/story/3313227/area-51-ufos?clienttype=printable
An Update on Bob Lazar by George Knapp (and an interview at the A’Le’Inn – on Above Top Secret’s website http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread192047/pg1
Photo: Warning sign in Area 51 Groom Road gate – Author: Tim1337, taken 6-9-09 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/61/Area51_gate.JPG/640px-Area51_gate.JPG