Fluid Dynamics 204

And, just a week after Staten Island, the chance came again! Two noted explorers this time, the legendary NAN, and Buffalo's Zephyr, both active UERers who I'm sure just met up with me to be nice, but still made a good afternoon of it. One of the rules we'd agreed on, which I respect from these people, is that we could only go to places that I've already been to, so I wouldn't release any information on account of them, and so we'd know in advance that they would be places I could get into. With both of them already…

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Missiles? What Missiles?

My friend came in from Ithaca this weekend for some exploring, and after some Friday night drinking and draining (making use of his crow-wrench tire iron that I took by mistake almost six years ago and *still* forgot to return), we thought we should try some new places out in Niagara Falls, see if we could find a "missile silo" someone posted on UER about a month ago. It didn't go according to plan at all, we went around in circles looking for it, found a few fenced off vacant lots, and finally something that looked like a plausible base.…

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Niagara Fell

The TripAdvisor reviews said it all: "words can't describe the awfulness", "we got locked INSIDE", "please stay at this hotel and RUIN your entire vacation". It's no wonder that between woeful management and upkeep, a terrible economy, and the fact that the hotel itself was a lie ("Fallside" doesn't mean "walk half a mile through the ghetto or drive and pay a $20 state park toll"), the Fallside closed for the last time in the fall of 2008. While there was an apparent attempt to revive the place, judging by the signs proudly proclaiming new management and "Major Brand Chain…

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Highway 61 Revisited

And so i go back to the Union Carbide/Tesla factory for the fourth time this year. I don't think I'll ever get sick of all these machines. Even after what turned into the fail explore of failness last weekend. First, a picture that isn't of machines... But really, this is why I'm here And this And this Although really this trip kind of sucked. I don't think these pictures were anywhere near as good as the spring... Then as soon as I got home, I realized just how much fail there was. I was locked out -- and my keys…

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Everything Rides Gravity

I was supposed to be in the Catskills this weekend, exploring all the resorts, including at least six I hadn't been to, if the hurricane didn't hit. All week Irene was tracking up the coast toward New York, and Nate defiantly kept the trip on. By last night, the storm made landfall and 17 was flooded, and he still wanted to go, saying the weather would help with not getting caught. Not wanting to be stranded in the flood zone, I pushed to cancel the trip. Of course, even with all the roads closed, and my having a few ideas…

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Theo’s Fates

Five days late, Juraj and friends finally showed up to start the new year, and not a moment too soon while I've had it up to here and then some with Laura to the point that even she understood I could use a day doing what I want. I was supposed to help them out with a zombie movie for someone's film study class, but with only a day free I only got to do the location scouting and run through a few of my favorite Buffalo sites. I spent a lot of time waiting at the bottom of the…

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