Photos

Kennedy Space Center

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis

    The retired Space Shuttle Atlantis. 'Murica!

  • Lightning Towers

    3 lightning towers designed to direct bolts away from the launch pad that they surround.

  • Seaside Bunker

    Looking out into the Atlantic, one of the main launch platforms would have been behind me. According to our guide this little bunker was used to house sensitive equipment for detecting electricity in the air, as lightning is a grave threat to launches.

  • Command Module
  • Crawler

    One of NASA's two land crawlers, currently being outfitted for SpaceX missions.

Last November, I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, while visiting relatives living in the area.

Oktoberfest 2013

  • Cloudsplitter Gondola

    The quickest way to the top of Little Whiteface! 

  • Summit

    A short distance from the gondola drop-off, the peak of Little Whiteface.

  • 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.

  • Ticket

    My "Cannon" and my ticket.

  • Up the cloudsplitter!

    Can't beat that view! This is why I love the Adirondacks.

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.

Exploring Benson Mines

  • Workshop

    Inside another building, some sort of workshop.

  • Machine Shop

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

  • Another office.

    Some sort of office area, completely rotted out.

  • Entrance

    Entrance to the facility - and my car!

  • 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!