I woke up this morning for a full day of adventure with my father. We went to breakfast at a local place. Had a fantastic meal and headed off into Connecticut. Barefoot, I went into Tractor Supply Co because my father had to grab something. I walked around only one person noticing me without shoes. Luckily there was no problems, he thought I was very tough for doing it.
In Norwich Connecticut we arrived at an old mill that was half collapsed. The first building we arrived at we hoped to use as a bridge over the river to the majority of the complex. The building had collapsed entirely on the inside so we had to use the nearly destroyed bridge that was on the ground level.
Through each building we crept moving over fallen debris. Eventually after exploring each level we found a stairway partially blocked by an entire part of the building that had collapsed from the roof to the ground floor. At the bottom was the drive shaft, and beyond that the turbine.
All over the building were subtle signs of fire damage. Above the turbine room where the collapsed section lay in ruin the far side was very charred. We went around the building and took the stairs to get up to the rooms that lay beyond the collapsed section. Every floor for four stories emptied out into a sheer drop to a pile of charred wood at the bottom. A large portion of this building burned.
After another mill visit we went back to our little town to our local resort where there was a party. The ceremony was one of those usual tree lighting things. I got a few questions if I was cold why are you doing this etc. The funny thing is the first woman to notice my "barefooted-ness" thought I was some musician who hasn't worn shoes in ten years to raise awareness of people who cant afford them. I told her that I didn't wear shoes because it is better for your health and its more comfortable. Her face seemed to crack in half. It was a very amusing moment. I had my father take a picture of me inside the hotel among the crowds of shoe wearing patrons.