Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Secret alien spy post in my backyard?



By Chuck Woodbury
I was poking around on Google Maps this morning when I saw this oval shaped object. My RV park is in the top right corner.

Look down from there to the left and you will see what I am talking about. It’s all by itself at the end of a dead end road.

Now, to the right, is a closer look. Does this look like some kind of futuristic structure? Maybe something do with outer space? Or spying? A missile silo, maybe? A giant laser beam weapon? It looked just plain weird to me as I stared at it.

It wouldn’t be so unusual for something mysterious to be here: Area 51, famous for its UFO activities, is not far away. 

What it looks like up close.

Well, the truth is, after asking around, I learned it’s a domed water storage tank. According to one long-time local resident, there are others in the area, all storing well water.

The black you see in the Google satellite view is the shadow of the dome.

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Denny Wagaman
5 years ago

The world is changing. Most say not for the better. I guess it depends what you are talking about. There are positives and negatives on most everything. For example I don’t like the word camping as it is used by many when using my RV. Camping is what I used to do as a kid or with my son and wife using a tent. I have memories when I think of days gone by out in the woods or seashore ca,ping. But today I am RVing. Using the creature comforts that I so much enjoy. Yep I like my 4 satellite TV’s, my large turn around shower, my 2 bathrooms, My residential fridge, my microwave, my big almost king size bed, my heated tile floors, my diesel furnace and aqua hot with continual hot water, my electric fireplace, etc. etc.
I care not for boon docking. But boy oh boy I won’t tell you how to “Camp” and please don’t tell me how I should “RV”. ? Shame on you that tell others how to live their own life and spend their own money. Shame shame shame on you.

Chuck Woodbury
5 years ago
Reply to  Denny Wagaman

Shame on me for what, Denny? Here is what I wrote today in one of my essays:

It amazes me how so many people think how they use their RV should be the standard for everyone else. Do these people not understand that each of us buy our RVs for our own purposes — some for weekend outings with the kids, some for summer vacations, some for full-time living, some to live in on temporary work assignments? Some buy an RV to travel to and from their kids’ amateur sporting events. Some boondock in the desert or forest. Some use their RVs to tailgate at football games, to use while hunting, or attend NASCAR races. Some buy a toy hauler to hole up near sand dunes to ride their ATVs. Others buy an RV to plop on a piece of land to live in year-round.

Some stay in RV parks, some stay in remote public campgrounds, others head out to the boondocks to camp on our beautiful public lands. Others are perfectly happy holing up in rest areas, truck stops or parking lots. “Why pay $40 to stay in a crowded RV park for 12 hours just to sleep?” they ask, which makes sense.

Everybody has their way. Isn’t that what RVing is supposed to be — living your life the way you want to live it?

Shame on me for this? Really?

Cheryl wright
5 years ago

Good one Chuck! I was all set to find out about a new and secret scientific project. Lol! It gave me a chuckle! What else could I ask for!

5 years ago

There was a lot of complaining in this issue about overcrowded campgrounds and I’m sure things have changed. Somebody needs to get off the Beaten Track into more small towns. There are beautiful RV parks that need your business. Yeah, maybe they’re not fancy, but that’s life on the road. And as for rude people, yes, civility is in decline, due to an anti-tradition/ anti-church culture, and poor education. However, an RV can get you out of the city environment where most of this rot is confined. It’s still an awesome lifestyle and the best out there in my opinion.

Joe Schmidt / Winding Roafs
5 years ago

Why is there an increasing number of rude, self centered, uncaring people? We ‘re rapidly losing people skills and even awareness of people as we spend more and more of our life starring at computer and phone screen, shop and buy on line, self check outs and gas stations, business robo answerers, drive-through banks so we don’t even interact with people waiting to use the outside auto teller, self driven taxis so we don’t even h talk to a driver, and you can add many more to that lisr. once upon a time ago I was a member of a cartooning organization and we met one for some month and had a great time but slowly people just became tired of of what they may have seen as an inconvenience in order to driving somewhere .. when they can pick up the phone and entertain themselves. So… clubs and groups of all kinds are dwindling. Truthfully, we have to make an effort to get out somewhere and actually interact with people.

Oh… and getting back to RV’s… They have become so pleasant and filled with amenities inside that going outside of your RV in a campground almost isn’t even necessary anymore.

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