I guess this counts as a fun wheeling story as it took place in an old Army M151 Jeep! I was in the Army in 1979 and my unit was sent to Ft. Irwin in the California desert for training. Now during this time, Ft. Irwin was not very big but their downrange training area is massive. I was with the 4th MP Co. stationed out of Ft. Carson, Co at the time so our jobs were security for the tactical operations centers (TOC). During the exercises, in my Jeep were my squad Sgt., myself, and a .60 gunner. We had a particular area to cover, but if anyone has been on Ft. Irwin downrange would know it can get confusing and one can easily get lost. Well, you guessed it, we got lost and soon we had no idea where we were and no one around for miles. We come around a bend in the road and spy a huge satellite dish that is surrounded by chain link fencing with razor wire and serious signs to keep out or you will be shot. We spy a building about 2-300' from the dish and head for that hoping to find directions back. As we pull up this guy with long hair and beard unkempt clothes steps outside and starts waving at us. He really seems happy to see us and we ask for directions back to Ft. Irwin. He tells us we got to come on in and get out of the sun and get something cool to drink and he would show us around. We said we could not since we had our weapons and could not leave them. He tells us, "no problem bring 'em in."
This guy proceeds to take us three dirty dusty soldiers through this building with all these blinking lights and gadgets and tells us this site tracks deep space objects and just was so happening tracking voyager at that time. It was like what you would expect to see out of a sci-fi movie. This guy was just so happy we were there he was running around and showing us how he could move the satellite dish. We talked with him for a while and thanked him for the tour, but told him we really needed to get going. He really seemed to be bummed out. I just don't think he got to see many people way out in the middle of the desert.
I will always remember that day walking through that place and how happy that guy was for our visit.
Hey, let's go poke sticks at that!