Remember the pictures from yesterday of the caldera taken from the lookout edge of the visitor's center?
Well here's the center from the highest elevation:
The building to the far right of the parking lot is where we stood in the lookout area and took the pictures of the caldera. The building right to the edge of the parking lot are the restroom and showering facilities for visitors and campers.
After we took in the view and attempted to record the majesty of the view, we jounied on up higher to a military/govt exploratory:
(taken from the visitor's parking lot upward)
No, visitor's can't go inside the compound; however, you can get within 1500 yards and take some more pictures.
Here's what I remember learning about that conservatory: They have a laser beam that they shoot to a disk on the moon and it measures the distance of the moon to the earth within 3 inches. That's pretty cool to me. The rest of the "stuff" up there is for weather, military usage, radar and some other top secret stuff. Hell, for all I know - Elvis and Anna Nicole Smith might be living up there together.