Spooky Eclipse of the Harvest Moon

I got this from Space Weather: “According to folklore, this Friday’s full Moon is the Harvest Moon.  For many observers, the usual luster of the silver orb will be dimmed by a spooky shadow as the Moon experiences a “penumbral lunar eclipse.” Larry Koehn of ShadowandSubstance.com has created an excellent animation of the event. A … Continue reading

Swedish Flame

This is called a Swedish flame: According to my sister-in-law Sabines’s blog, “make your cuts like you’re cutting cake. leave about 6 inches at the base. throw some fuel oil in there. (about a cap full.) it burns up to two to three hours.” I thought this would be cool for some of you out there … Continue reading

A Real Life Return Loop that used to exist in Northwestern Pacific’s (NWP) rail yard in Eureka

Model railroaders frequently use return loops or dogbones to turn their trains around without physically lifting them off the tracks: Until I saw this photo I had never seen one in real life: This return loop was located in Eureka and was a turnaround point for NWP’s trains. Locally it was called the Balloon Track. … Continue reading