Sunday, August 7, 2022

More of the same: pool in a plain hotel in no particular place

 

Hampton Inn... a good but not remarkable hotel... New Jersey... nice state but not remarkable... South Plainfield... newer heard, but ok and again not remarkable. A plain hotel in Plainfield?

What's to do? Swim in the hotel pool!

A swim is a swim is a swim. Nice to dip in the water on a hot day. Not bad!

I was at Hampton Inn South Plainfield-Piscataway, South Plainfield, New Jersey (link here).

For more sauna and swimming stories, check out planetswimmer.com and saunablogger.cool websites! And of course the Planetcaver, and Planetskier blogs for other stories in Blogspot and TGR! The photos and text (c) 2022 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved. I never take photos of other saunagoers or swimmers and visit when there is simply no one else or the facility has been closed or booked only for me.

Finnair A350 on short haul routes

Interesting... ended up on the Finnair A350 on my way back home from London. The A350 is such a nice airplane.

I was also thoroughly enjoying the live camera features on this aircraft.


For more flying stories, check out the planetflier.com website! And of course the Planetcaver, and Planetskier blogs for other stories in Blogspot and TGR! The photos and text (c) 2022 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Lounges .. now we are talking...


... or barking? 

What a wonderful refreshment spot for the animals passing through the airport! Well done, Philadelphia International! Never seen a lounge so much better suited for the furry passenger's needs!

For more flying stories, check out the planetflier.com website! And of course the Planetcaver, and Planetskier blogs for other stories in Blogspot and TGR! The photos and text (c) 2022 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Grafenloch and Rossstall cave maps

 

I visited these caves last year, but now have software to produce a map of them.

The "Cave Outliner" open source toolkit that I wrote will convert 3D models in STL format to maps that have cave names, locations, coordinates, plan view maps, cross-section etc. automatically. See GitHub for further information on this software.

So I sat down and run the software on the two German caves from last year's visit. Neither the models are always perfect (I had to fill in manually some parts that the sensor did not reach) nor does the tool always produce good results (I had to edit the entrance drawing it made automatically). But, at least this is already faster work process than drawing everything manually...

To give you an example of the work process, here's what I did for the Grafenloch cave:

  1. Recorded the cave model using the Polycam app on iPhone 12 Pro.
  2. Exported the model in GLTF/GLB format from Polycam to iCloud.
  3. Downloaded the iCloud file to my computer.
  4. Opened the file in Blender to do any editing, rotation, etc. of the model.
  5. Saved the model in Blender (.blend) and STL formats (.stl) using the "Save" and "Export" commands in Blender.
  6. Run the cave-outliner tool using the following command line:
                cave-outliner    --auto                                                                                 \
                         --crosssection y 0 Grafenloch-Map-Y.svg                         \
                     --crosssection x 2.2 Grafenloch-Map-X.svg                      \
                         --name "Grafenloch" --location "Oberaudorf, Germany"   \
                     --coordinates "N 47.640813 E 12.164877"                        \
                                         Grafenloch-3D-STL.stl Grafenloch-Map.svg
  1. Opened the resulting Grafenloch-Map.svg file in Apple's Graphic tool.
  2. Made any edits needed and saved in Graphic format (.idraw) and as PDF/JPG (.pdf and .jpg).
  3. Copied the results to my website.
The Grafenloch map is above (the opening picture) and the cave model is below: The map is though perhaps best viewed as a PDF using this link. And you can rotate the model on your own browser screen here.


Similarly, the Rossstall models and maps are below (and map PDF link is here). The rotatable model can be found here.



This article has also been published at TGR. Read more urban exploration stories from theurbanexplorer.net, and other underground stories from planetcaver.net. Read the full Planetskier series at planetskier.net, or all blog articles from Blogspot or TGR. Photos, videos, models, maps, and text (c) 2021-2022 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Maanala - Manala

 

Went to the Amos Rex art installation today, on the topic of subterranean matters... with friends from the Finnish Caving Association. Only that it wasn't just about subterranean, it was underground things but also hell, evilness, and devilish matters. It took a while for me to understand this, because I of course associate underground things as interesting and fun, not as dark hellish situations. 


A rhino?


Roots of trees, from below:


Outside roof windows in the museum:


Caves:

This article has also been published at TGR. Read more urban exploration stories from theurbanexplorer.net, and other underground stories from planetcaver.net. Read the full Planetskier series at planetskier.net, or all blog articles from Blogspot or TGR. Photos, videos, and text (c) 2022 by Jari Arkko, with photographed art of course by the artists. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Snowdog finds snow, Planetskier skies it

 

Snowdog found snow! And I skied it, of course :-)

Not much of snow, but I needed a backup plan in case my main plan for July skiing goes wrong somehow -- and it is scheduled for the last day of the month, so I may not be able to come up with a new plan if it does.

Stay tuned!

Video from today's exercise:

Hiking around the Kauniainen ski slope:

This article has also appeared in TGR. Read the full Planetskier series at planetskier.net, or all blog articles from BlogspotTGR. Photos, videos, and text (c) 2022 by Jari Arkko.

South Czechia castles: Rabí and Kašperk

 

Our trip to Czechia concluded with a road trip to the Kašperk and Rabí castles. Both are medieval castles, partially in ruins and partially restored. Kašperk's two-towers-on-a-steep-hill design reminded us very much of the Trosky castle that we had seen a few days earlier.

We ended up spending much more time at Kašperk, having arrived there earlier and having an opportunity to visit the insides of the castle on a very nice tour. There were also food stalls, mini-cannon demonstrations, etc. in the inner courtyard of the castle. Rabí on the other hand... was already closed by the time we arrived, but we managed to walk around it at least. There were some restaurants in the Rabí village, but, weirdly enough, not offering any food, only beer. So we continued on.

Kašperk was remarkable, with its views, and much of it remained as it was, so we were able to see toilets (above picture), bathrooms (below picture, and yes, a bathroom in a medieval castle), and so on. Very nice.

Kašperk is at N 49.16604 E 13.56322, but it is not reachable by car. You'll have to leave your car at the parking lot a kilometer away at N 49.16496 E 13.58088 and then take the path to the castle. The path or the parking lot are not particularly well marked, but the broadest path does lead to the castle. And follow the crowds!

The Rabí castle is by the road and easy to find, here N 49.27926 E 13.61829.

Pictures from the Kašperk castle:











Pictures from the Rabí castle:




Read more urban exploration stories from theurbanexplorer.net, and other underground stories from planetcaver.net. Read the full Planetskier series at planetskier.net, or all blog articles from Blogspot or TGR. Photos and text (c) 2022 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.