On Boxing Day Belinda and I got out of town for a couple of days, traveling up to Lithgow along the Bell\'s Line of Road, and coming back via the Blue Mountains. It was a beautiful couple of days exploring Lithgow, a town that I had not visited previously. It is a place that is full of history, including having been the original home of Australia\'s steel industry. The Old Blast Furnace preceded the steel works in both the Hunter and Illawarra regions. I found it amazing that this old structure is still standing, albeit in a quite dilapidated state. I also found it amazing that you can freely wander about the site, given there are a lot of deep holes and pits. I was pleased that I could wander around as it is a photogenic site, and I hope that photographers and others can continue to explore locations like this. As I wandered about the Blast Furnace, I could not help but wonder about the efforts and hardwork of the people who built and operated the old Blast Furance.