Photos

Kennedy Space Center

  • Saturn 5, second stage
  • Apollo Guidelines

    A list of mission status and abort codes from the Apollo era. View full size to read it.

  • Lucky Shot!

    A gull dive-bombing to catch a fish, at the moment of impact. Took quite a few trys to capture this!

  • Another Crawler

    Another one of NASA's land crawlers, hiding inside.

  • 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.

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

Oktoberfest 2013

  • Locking horns
  • Grounds

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

  • Summit

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

  • Almost to the top!

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

  • 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

  • Transformer Gauge

    The guts of the transformer were missing, probably stolen by copper thieves.

  • Safety for All
  • Machine Shop

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

  • 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.

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!