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Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 09:59:58 -0800 Subject: Nevada Test Site trip report The intrepid group of explorers -- known as The Groom lake Interceptors -- descended upon the Highland office of the Department of Energy early on the morning of Friday, April 25th. We were lead inside the DOE Building, and then into a small meeting room to receive our badges. I was quick to notice that the two foreign members of our group received red badges, while the rest of us received green badges. The only explanation I have for the color change, is that Wackenhut Security would use badge color during target acquisition. Although, I'm still uncertain which badge color they would shoot first... The group then boarded the KT Tour bus for the first leg of our voyage. During our trip from Las Vegas to Mercury, Mr. Darwin Morgan from the Nevada DOE office answered questions regarding the test site. A few of our members tried in vain to extract secret information from our host, but Mr. Morgan was cool, calm and collected throughout the questioning. We breezed through Mercury, opting NOT to sample the cuisine at the five-star Mercury Cafeteria. Instead, our very competent bus driver pointed our luxury coach toward Area 25. After touring the Nuclear Rocket Engine test cells, E-MAD and the BREN Tower in Area 25, we then headed up Cane Spring Road toward the infamous Mercury Highway. We dashed past the time consuming Control Point One and Yucca Lake, hanging a left, shortly thereafter, onto Pahute Mesa Road. We turned on Buckboard Mesa Road and drove up to Area 20, where we had a brief lunch break at the Greenwater Ground Zero, as well as a tour of the inside of the Greenwater assembly building. The inside tour was basically instigated by the Interceptors -- we are a nosy bunch. >From there we traveled to the Boxcar, 1.3 megaton, subsidence crater. Then off Pahute Mesa and down Stockade Wash Road into Area 12. As we descended from Rainier Mesa, our host pointed out that many dry lakes could be seen from this vantage point (hint! hint!), our courageous bus driver slowed the bus to a crawl to enhance our viewing pleasure. After our descent we hit the EPA farm, and learned all about "Sam the Bull" and his permanent stomach portal. Then we were off to Sedan Crater for a photo opportunity. Then on to the Icecap GZ, Tweezer facility and Frenchman Flat. They let us off the bus again at Frenchman Flat. We did stop at the Mercury Cafeteria on our way out, but it's not worth mentioning. On our return trip to Vegas, we were forced to watch this really stupid video about Spud Cannons and Decoder Ring making -- Proving once and for all: The Interceptors are truly a bizarre group of individuals. Forever in your service, Agent Zero
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