Rachel, Nevada. If you know where that is you probably know it’s the alien capital of Nevada – our UFO siting rich state. (Rachel is arguably the alien capital of the world; on the border of Area 51). You may also know that Rachel was until recently the home of a giant Colonel Sanders visible from space. But what is a little less known about Rachel and we think equally impressive, is that this town of more or less 75 people annually donates an astonishingly large amount toys in the “Toys for Tots” campaign. The town bands together for this cause, which isn’t a surprise when you understand a little about the community there. Little A’le’inn bartender Sharon told us about how she recently kicked cancer in the butt. If you believe in the power of support, then the community of Rachel is part of why she could. She had numerous phone calls a day of people making sure she was OK and asking how she was doing. In fact this whole idea was one we encountered often on our tour of rural Nevada: often it seemed the smaller the population, the stronger the community. Rachel citizens stack their mountain of toys at The Little A’Le’Inn where owner Pat and daughter Connie lead the effort. Last year they had enough money donated to pay for the donations of three bikes.
Oh and no, we didn’t see any aliens on our journey to Rachel, but the locals seem to believe. When we asked her about it Sharon said, “The height of human conceit and presumption is to think we’re the only intelligent species in the universe.” Well said, Sharon. Will make sure to watch NASA’s announcement on extraterrestrial life tomorrow (!).