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Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland. The eight-hour race covers 14 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand. We will have more info closer to the event. https://www.kineticbaltimore.com/
Spruce Knob Lake is located in the Monongahela National Forest in beautiful West Virginia and offers some of the darkest skies in our area. The campground does not usually fill up and a few spots are held open for last minute arrivals. I will arrive on Friday and head home on Sunday. Here is the link to secure your camping site: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234132 Free camping in the national forest is also an option, but these sites are a few miles from the lake and campground. We will be able to see the Core or Galactic Center of the Milky Way from 10:30 pm on. In addition to shooting the Milky Way, this also a great location to shoot star trails. Just move to the opposite side of the lake and you have a great view of the northern sky. Spruce Knob is the highest peak in West Virginia and offers an amazing view of the sunset. The Knob, is about a 30-45 minute drive from the lake. Sunrise at the lake is often stunning with fog on the water. After sunrise take a walk around the lake with a close focusing lens and you will see spider webs covered in dew. I run a very relaxed meetup and with the exception of shooting the Milky Way on Friday and Saturday nights, the remainder of the time is unscheduled. Meetup Members are always welcome to stop by my campsite to talk, hang out or ask questions. I'm always happy to share my knowledge of astro-photography or any other type of photography. I encourage members to explore the area during the day or just relax and bring a good book. Put your phone in airplane mode or turn it off, because there is No Cell Phone Coverage in this area. Getting to Spruce Knob Lake. Many GPS units will take you over the mountain assuming you are coming from the DC area. Don’t do that, it is a very long dirt road with a lot of switchbacks. I recommend you take Rt 33 to Harmon, WV go thru the town toward Elkins, and about 1 mile outside of town you will see a left turn on Whitmer Rd. Follow Whitmer road into the forest and follow the signs to Spruce Knob Lake. I do not recommend you use the GPS on your phone, because of lack of coverage. If you have never shot the Milky Way or the Night Sky I recommend you visit the website Lonely Speck. You will find a wealth of articles on this type of photography. If you do a little studying in advance you will likely have better results. https://www.lonelyspeck.com/ Send me a message if you have any questions about this meetup.