Sunday morning felt even colder than Saturday but I wrapped up as I was meeting a group for a hike at a place I'd not been to before. It wasn't too far from me and it meant I would be going past Mount Weather, which I'd been wanting to investigate for absolutely ages. While looking for information on Google, I found the reviews, and loved Mark Turner's, click here.
Mount Weather emergency Operations Center is a 434 acre site originally built as a weather station for launching balloons in the late 1880's, then later a practice site for mining techniques. The facility was built underground by the Army Corp of Engineers and completed in 1958. It's entrance is protected by a guillotine gate with a 34 ton 20'w x 10'h door that is 5' thick and supposedly take 15 minutes to open.
Click here for a really interesting article written in 2006. It makes you wonder what's been going on in there since then.
After I'd driven around some of the perimeter for a while I lost interest as all the heavy link fencing has been screened from the inside making it only possible to peer through the small gaps between the fence panels, and since parking was not allowed I didn't stop. So I carried on over the top of the mountain which had had its own little ice storm recently and was looking very pretty. I met the group in a parking lot and we set off on our hike promptly, because it was so cold!