This was a surprise.
We were in the midst of a 40-minute hike to find another location. As sometimes happens when walking significant distances, your eyes wander to the ground, and your mind wanders away. Suddenly, I looked up and there it was sitting just off the side of our path.
I love when this happens.
While looking over the route to another location I wanted to check out today, I happened to scroll past this place on Google Earth. I went back and scrolled in closer. It didn't appear there had been activity on they very long driveway in quite some time. Perhaps it would be worth a stop.
On this beautiful sunny Saturday, with Max the Exploring Husky tagging along, we walked down that very long driveway, well overgrown, and arrived at the place you see here.
I love these chance encounters.
This was a twofer.
When I showed up, it was with the expectation that there was only one house. There were two.
As you will see in the pictures, the first looks like a very old farm house. It's falling ever so slowly apart and is beyond salvage. The second place, however, is in very good condition and could continue to be used. I think, however, that it's owner may have passed on.
This place looked like a reasonable prospect on Google Earth. Of course, you never know what you've got until you get there.
When Max and I arrived, there appeared to be no traffic on the driveway for a considerable time. I got out and took a few exterior photos. As I came around the corner of the house I made the brief acquaintance of what had to be an 8-point buck. I'm not sure which of us ended up with the faster heart rate, but he bolted before I could even get my camera up.
Spending another wonderfully warm fall day chasing down prospective abandonments with my buddy Max, I found this little place. This is probably the most sketchy structure that I have set foot inside to date. I really shouldn't have, but it was the only way I was going to get any pictures of the place at all. I just had to make sure my feet got placed on boards less rotten than the other ones.
It's not exactly a 5-floor mansion or anything, so it didn't take long for me to get my feet planted back on terra firma.
With daylight already beginning to fade early in the afternoon, and my list of prospects getting shorter, I ran across this place. Ok, so normally I probably wouldn't even bother with a place this small and meaningless. But something about it caught my attention and held it.
While I'm not sure what, I think it might be the feeling that someone had started off with something small, something personal, and planned to make it something bigger, more profound. Perhaps time or money ran out before it could get there.
It was a little chilly, and there was a bit of snow on the ground. Normally, the latter would have ended my exploring season, but for some reason, I can't seem to let go this year. My trusty husky and I rolled up on this place and had a look around. The contents and lighting made it a great, worthwhile stop, but the proximity of neighbors immediately across the road ensured that I didn't linger here long.