Eight Miles Of Model Trains

Posted: March 9th, 2018 | Filed under: Out Of Town

Northlandz in Flemington, New Jersey in insane/inspired — eight miles of model trains:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

The great thing about the museum is that it has this brilliant dark/dystopian touch that undercuts your usual expectations of model trains. It sort of starts out sunny:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

But then you notice odd touches, like a delivery truck that has run off the road:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

. . . and train disasters:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

. . . heaps of junked trains:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

. . . nightmare cliff dwellings looking like something Hieronymus Bosch conjured:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

. . . and of course a plane crash:

Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey, November 11, 2017

Puerto Rico: February 15-23, 2018

Posted: February 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Out Of Town

Spent eight nights in Puerto Rico, five in Guánica and three in San Juan.

February 15, 2018

Flew into San Juan and drove down to the south part of the island . . .

Puerto Rico Highway 52/Autopista Luis A. Ferré Near Salinas, Puerto Rico

Settled in at Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa:

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa, Road 333 km 6.5, Guánica, Puerto Rico, February 17, 2018

February 16, 2018

Shopped in Yauco before going out to dinner:

Yauco, Puerto Rico, February 16, 2018

February 17, 2018

Short trip to Porta Coeli and Finca el Girasol:

Porta Coeli From Plaza Santo Domingo, San Germán, Puerto Rico, February 17, 2018

Finca El Girasol, Guánica, Puerto Rico, February 17, 2018

February 18, 2018

Sandra Farms coffee farm:

View From Sandra Farms, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, February 18, 2018

February 20, 2018

Up to San Juan and a visit to El Morro in Old San Juan:

Castillo San Felipe del Morro/El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 20, 2018

February 21, 2018

El Yunque National Forest and Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Fajardo:

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico, February 21, 2018

View From Fajardo Lighthouse, Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, February 21, 2018

Plus dinner at Jose Enrique in Santurce:

Jose Enrique, Calle Duffaut 176, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 21, 2018

February 22, 2018

A big walk around Old San Juan:

Old San Juan/Viejo San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 22, 2018

Followed by a dip in the rooftop pool at Ciqala Suites:

View From Rooftop Pool, Ciqala Suites, 752 Avenida Fernandez Juncos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 22, 2018

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, August 2, 2016

Posted: August 4th, 2016 | Filed under: Manhattan

Mr. Kiddo is four now, and in the last few weeks or so he has been super interested in geology after obsessing over this NOVA series. So we went to the Natural History Museum the other day to go check out “the rocks” (read: Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems). Mr. Kiddo wanted to take the shitty camera that we inherited from some job like three jobs ago and which has been passed down to the boys to do with whatever they want. First, it has a really dirty lens:

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side, Manhattan, August 2, 2016

Also, the battery was really old/dying, so eventually I just gave him the cell phone, which has actually a pretty good camera. He came up with this:

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side, Manhattan, August 2, 2016

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side, Manhattan, August 2, 2016

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side, Manhattan, August 2, 2016

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side, Manhattan, August 2, 2016

Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side, Manhattan, August 2, 2016

It’s fun/funny to do this — kind of like next generation big mapping — will likely do more, based on his interests . . .