Sunday, May 10, 2015

Birthday Adventure 4

This is an engine. I think we can all agree on that. But do you know where this engine is?

This is a rheostat. It's in the room next to the engine. Do you know where that room is?

If it's not obvious what these are, you're too young to read. But where are they?

OK, now I'm giving it away.

John and I got a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Mount Wilson. This was my big birthday present and it was more wonderful than I could have hoped. I'll post more in a few days, but for now, read up on the wonders of the beautiful, historic Mount Wilson Observatory.

17 comments:

William Kendall said...

Getting inside an observatory! Very, very lucky, Petrea!

Petrea Burchard said...

William, this one comes under the "be nice to your neighbors" category.

Jean Spitzer said...

Must have been very nice. Sounds like a fabulous treat.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Wow! that is massive!. Never would of figured the innards would be that size...

Petrea Burchard said...

This engine operates the tools in the tool shed, KBF. It doesn't operate the telescopes.

altadenahiker said...

Petrea & John's excellent birthday adventure.

Petrea Burchard said...

More excellence to come.

Eric Baker said...

I've seen old equipment like that. Let's just say advances in technology are a good thing.

Wow! Such a visit is a treasure and rare treat. I love observatories. I'm happy for you.

savannah said...

Impressive gift! I'm looking forward to the rest of the adventure being shared! xoxox

Bellis said...

Lucky you! I've never been inside the power house. Isn't it amazing that the Observatory still runs on DC power? Really looking forward to more pictures and information.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'll try to get the next post up ASAP. We had a wonderful day and got to see things from a perspective I hadn't seen before.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

The machinery of the industrial age was created with such care. I find it beautiful. Your so fortunate to have spent a day exploring that little piece of heaven.

LOLfromPasa said...

Oh how fantastic. This is such a special place for us...so glad to see it pop up as part of your adventures!

Petrea Burchard said...

It is indeed a piece of heaven, PA. Almost directly linked!

LOL, there will be more pictures.

llandudnopictures said...

A big birthday present indeed, you must have been delighted!

Petrea Burchard said...

I was delighted indeed! I've just posted more about Mount Wilson.

http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2015/05/mount-wilson-science-in-transition.html

Shell Sherree said...

And now I know what a rheostat is. What a lovely birthday gift, dear Petrea !! And looks like gorgeous weather, too.