Photos

Kennedy Space Center

  • Another Crawler

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

  • Off topic - Stone Ball

    Instead of a boring fountain, the center had a map of the cosmos carved into a 2 ton granite sphere, suspended and slowly rotating on a water base. With enough force you could spin it a different direction!

  • Facility Panorama (Click the full-size image for a better view)

    A panorma with a view of several facilities. The location this was shot from was formerly a public viewing area for space launches, but has been deemed too dangerous since then.

  • Space Shuttle Atlantis

    The retired Space Shuttle Atlantis. 'Murica!

  • Saturn 5, second stage
Last November, I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, while visiting relatives living in the area.

Oktoberfest 2013

  • Alphorns

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

  • Summit

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

  • Horn artwork

    Very pretty!

  • Looking down

    Halfway up the mountain, looking down.

  • 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.

Exploring Benson Mines

  • Abandoned Excavator

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

  • Transformer Gauge

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

  • 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.

  • Machine Shop Roof

    Outdoor view of the first building, the roof on this side is nearly rotted through. Most of the buildings were built with cinderblock walls, metal trusses, and wooden roofing.

  • 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!