Hillbilly Daytrip: Greenbank (and Cass railroaditivity?!)

Greenbank, largest movable single-array radio telescope in the world AND testimonial to Robert Byrd's ability to Pork-Barrel up almost *anything* for WV, is probably going to be shut down. This is very unsciencey and makes me frown, but it will open up spending for cool new stuff like the B-F-A (more politically correct: The Very Large Array) in New Mexico.

I've been trying to get yonder to visit GBT for years, but I don't have friends nerdy enough to go on a multi-hour road trip to visit a "giant dish." Now, perhaps, I do.

I do geek road trips like this frequently, they're always hit or miss. It could be really boring. Or it could be EPIC.

At the worst, you get a nice ride through the mountains with some people who are fun to talk to.

At best, you get to see this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bank_Telescope

Look at how sexy it is!

Also, there's the Cass Scenic Railroad for you Harry Potter fans? : )
http://www.cassrailroad.com/

About 10 miles from Greenbank so we should consider both.

I've scheduled this for October 12 on the off-chance that we might see some pretty leaves and it will have cooled down some, plus my September is booked up with "stuff". It can be moved, though.

I also considered the Greenbrier Bunker, but it's 4 hours away and probably needs an overnight stay to make it worth the hours.

We can rally out of Staunton and take 250 across, which is rough on you folks with light stomachs, or rally in Harrisonburg and take 33/220 to Monterey, which is a beautiful drive.

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  • Wes D.

    Looks like the g'ment will be open by Saturday for Greenbank. With that a go, I'll call Cass and see what kind of tickets they have available. Everybody still go for launch?

    2 · October 17, 2013

    • Wes D.

      [masked] ; If you don't have problems with mountains, you can park in Staunton and we'll head ove the mountain? Lets meet up at 10:30 at Walmart in Staunton if you're okay with leaving your car there? I'll call GBT before I leave and verify things are still running. Tours appear to leave every hour until 6. If you have podcasts or anything nerdy you like to listen to, feel free to throw them on an ipod and bring them along.

      1 · October 18, 2013

    • JoelWB

      Sounds good. Cya at 10:30am.

      October 18, 2013

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    A former member

    I would like to come, but that's the day the Zombie Walk is taking place in HBG. :(
    I've been to an open house at the NRAO in Greenbank, and it was a fun time. :) And the dish is so freakin' big!

    October 15, 2013

  • Nathan S.

    Something else i will mention is regarding the train, October is their sell out month so.... even if the fed is back up so we can go to the telescope the train may be a no go.

    October 13, 2013

  • JoelWB

    Do we have a backup plan incase Greenbank is still closed on 19th? Railroad stuff, Greenbrier bunker, other area attractions, something closer to home, etc.

    October 13, 2013

    • Wes D.

      I suspect it will be open by then, but if not...uh.....I have no backup. I hear there's some sort of food festival that weekend somewhere.

      October 13, 2013

  • JoelWB

    Hopefully the government shutdown will be resolved by the 19th:
    https://offline2.nrao.edu/

    October 9, 2013

  • Nathan S.

    Tis official that I will be going. But we need to figure out a game plan. Cass has a 'short' 2hr ride at 11/1/3 and the longer bald knob ride at 12 (gets back at 5 IIRC). Greenbank is open till 7ish? My suggestion is Cass from the knob train then to GBT. But I'm going to let our 'host' Wes make the main decision.

    September 28, 2013

    • Wes D.

      I kind of figure GBT first since it's a more floating schedule. But that system might work. Depends on if we ewant to get back late or early (I hate getting up early) : )

      September 29, 2013

  • Kendal M.

    Any chance we could move this to the 19th? I'm pretty sure we should *ALL* be here on the 12th http://www.vachilicookoff.com/info.html

    September 8, 2013

    • JoelWB

      I might be able to do 19th. Same day trip? Have any idea of rough estimated return time is?

      September 8, 2013

    • Nathan S.

      19th is iffy for me. There is a ham radio thing I'd like to help with that day, but I may skip it...

      September 18, 2013

  • Andrea N.

    This sounds fantastic! I'm not sure if I have to work yet, but I would love to do this. I will let you know for sure as it gets closer.

    July 27, 2013

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