Oktoberfest 2013

  • Yodeling

    We met our yodeling friends from earlier, they were demonstrating how sound from their alphorns could be bounced off other mountains and heard echoing. Very neat demo!

  • Yodelers

    A group of 3 yodelers and their alphorns, these instruments were traditionally used for communicating mountaintop to mountaintop in the past.

  • Olympic Ski Jumps

    Not the best photo, but I think it came out alright considering the range was about 12 miles.

  • Base camp

    A better view of the festivities below. The line across the picture is the arm-size cable hauling our gondola to the summit.

  • Tribute

    A tribute to soldiers of a local division in WWII, a gift from Italy.

Every October, the ski resort at Whiteface Mountain has a small Oktoberfest. Traditional German music, food, beer, and demonstrations are featured, and many local vendors come to show off their homemade crafts.

This is the first time I've gone in many years, and the first time I went being older than 21! It's a ton of fun and is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area during the skiing offseason.

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Exploring Benson Mines

  • Workshop

    Inside another building, some sort of workshop.

  • Outside

    The office/bathroom is inside this building, and the first building in the album is visible through the trees in the background.

  • Abandoned Excavator

    ...With no bucket. Likely a Massey Ferguson 450.

  • Entrance

    Entrance to the facility - and my car!

  • Another office.

    Some sort of office area, completely rotted out.

Benson Mines is a long-abandoned iron mine near Watertown, NY. The mine was shut down in 1978 and the buildings and have been completely abandoned ever since. Abandoned man-made structures are my favorite to take pictures of, so I couldn't resist exploring!