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Urban Exploration… Wow! What a Weekend!

on 23 March, 2014

On Friday morning, on a whim, me and the Kid jumped into the SUV and headed north towards Iowa. At some point I had realized that it had been just about a year since we had the headstone placed for my parents… just a little over a year since my Mom died. I am definitely not a traditional person, you know, waiting for Memorial Day to visit and have to deal with all the people and traffic and hassle, so it seemed like a perfect time to go now.

But that was really just a reason to have a destination. The real reason was to do a little urban exploration. Or as we called it: abandoned house hunting. So, about 50 miles north of Kansas City, we exited the freeway, found a highway and within a mile or two, we turned off on a gravel road. For the next few hours, we found about six abandoned farm houses in various states of decay.

About sunset, we opted to drive to the next biggest city on our route (if you can call these towns “cities” in Iowa) and crashed at a hotel. We were quite exhausted… and slept right up to check out time the next morning (missed our free breakfast). We drove straight up to the cemetery and visited the graves:

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Following, we picked up the hunt for more houses. We weren’t disappointed. At this point I will cease with words and treat you to photos:

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The photos are in no particular order and some of them were taken by the Kid. Between our two iPhones and my Nikon camera, we had plenty of photography options. Some of the houses’ conditions ranged from close to move-in to completely gone – as in had fallen into its own basement. Most were in some condition in between. We saw some amazing things left behind… in one house, there were 60 year old magazines that looked like they were hot off the news stand. In another house, there were the most beautiful woodwork through out the house and on the front door and stained glass windows on the front of the house. Everywhere were rodents and bugs and spider webs.

The whole trip was fantastic… probably because I was able to spend it with my son. My most favorite moment though, came when we woke up on Saturday morning and he crawled into bed with me and snuggled for a few minutes. He hasn’t done that in a long, long time. Always my baby boy.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed sharing our little adventure.

MacCupcake

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