Oktoberfest 2013

  • Alphorns

    The business end of some of these horns. Looking east.

  • Selfie!

    This guy was awesome.

  • Trails

    Facing north, a good view of the ski trails connecting the two mountains.

  • Tribute

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

  • Almost to the top!

    Nearly there! And an amazing view of the surrounding mountains.

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

  • Ore Silos

    Rusting silo between concrete silos for holding iron ore. It looked like there was more machinery on top of the silos that had rusted away and collapsed.

  • Machine Shop

    Judging from the abundance of 440 volt hookups in the building, this likely was some sort of machine shop.

  • Burned Steps

    Even older looking stairs - the mine has history back to the 1800s, but this is probably not that old. The building on top of it appears to have burned, leaving behind electric wires and boxes.

  • Exit (Entrance)
  • Garage Door

    Outside view of another building showing the decay of the area.

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!