Oktoberfest 2013

  • Grounds

    Looking out over the grounds of the area, many local vendors set up tents to show off their homemade products every year.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Cloudsplitter Gondola

    The quickest way to the top of Little Whiteface! 

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

  • Overgrown

    Tree blocking a doorway.

  • No Entrance

    Back door to the machine shop.

  • Workshop

    Inside another building, some sort of workshop.

  • Abandoned Excavator

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

  • Office Building

    One of the few two-story buildings, with major fire damage inside.

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!