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We spent a quiet night in the East Fork campground, drifting off to sleep amid an odor of coal smoke... and awakened to a much stronger one. Seems the Durbin & Greenbrier starts the fire in its gear-driven, 1910 Climax during the evening before the first outbound consist of the work week. The locomotive is left banked until the fireman arrives, ca 6am, which is time to get serious about building a good fire and a head of steam for a 10am ...
... for an enormously powerful, if slow-moving engine.
That makes it easy to chase... as long as there are roads and vistas. Those are in somewhat scant supply but not so scarce or hard to reach as to deny us a gratifying morning of picture taking. One of the vistas was at a swinging bridge that spanned the Greenbrier River. We took pictures of the bridge, and ljw went part way across, but we decided the vegetation would block the view of the train, and it would be very ...
... it's the largest one on Earth. You can look it up on the internet. It's the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. 485 feet tall and 110 meters in diameter. And the exhibits in their exhibit hall inside were also really interesting.
Back in Durbin, we noticed a door open at the firehouse, so Walt went in and struck up a conversation with the firefighter/EMT who was there. We chatted and ...
... was the degree of sensitivity of the telescope to radio interference of any kind. Because of that, there is a ban on the use of all sorts of things -- including digital cameras, anywhere near the telescopes AND a complete ban on cell phone use -- and towers -- in the whole valley! Thus no cell phone service! I don't feel so bad now that I know it's for a good reason!
Walt would have to fill in the details, because I didn't take notes, but this ...
Never thought I'd say this, but I'm missing my technology! At the moment, and probably for the next couple of days, we have no cell phone service and no email. Last night we had cell phone and email, but no internet. I can't touch base with the cat sitter, and I can only get on the internet if I sit at the picnic table outside the camper. It rained earlier, so the picnic table hence is wet and the sun on my iPad screen is making it hard to see. ...