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Urban Exploration, Part Deux

on 15 October, 2014

This past weekend, it seemed a good time to cruise the Iowa countryside and do some urban exploration. I was hoping to maybe do some geocaching at the same time, but we didn’t get around to figuring out how to get started, so it was all abandoned house hunting.

We decided to leave on Friday when I got home from work rather than waiting until Saturday morning. The plan was to hopefully hit one or two houses on the way north and then stay somewhere overnight and then head into central to south central part of Iowa the next day and if it was going well, stay somewhere on Saturday night and head home on Sunday.

Not sure what it is, but some combination of not sleeping in your own bed and doing a lot of driving and doing a fair amount of walking and climbing can wear a body out. Especially if we’re a tad “middle aged”. But even the Kid got worn out, so it wasn’t just me.

The sun set quicker than we expected but we still managed to find a house or two Friday evening. And out there, IT WAS DARK! Stumbling around a vacant home and yard (and sometimes barns) can be tough with just flashlights. Even if they are really really good flashlights! The best part was that it was fairly easy to figure out which homes where abandoned (once you located ’em) because the houses and yards were dark. No lights. And if you are familiar with farms, you know that one being occupied has lighting in the yard (and usually some in the house). But it was tough stumbling around the first one and in the back of my mind (I being the MOTHER after all) kept thinking about all the things that could go wrong. So we opted to just find a place to sleep for the night and get an early start in the morning.

Well, unaware we had almost made our way to Des Moines, so I chose a nice hotel downtown. I’ve never spent much time in Des Moines, considering that I have a brother and his family that live there. But thanks heavens for Google maps. We checked into a 4 star hotel and promptly I passed out. The Kid, being a younger soul stayed up a bit later, but I am sure that with a snoring mom and white noise, it lulled him to sleep promptly too.

Next morning, we headed south and west. We criss-crossed down country roads, dirt roads, gravel roads and ‘barely roads’. For a while it seemed that we weren’t going to have any luck, but all it seemed to take was the first house. Then we found about a dozen. Many of the houses had been abandoned for some time, and we had to tread carefully as to not end up on the floor below us! We took a lot of great photos.

And at this point I will let the photos do the talking. We were both quite worn out, so at the end of the day, we simply pointed the truck south and before we knew it we were back in Kansas City.

I am pretty proud of myself that I figured out how to add this photo carousel. I am thinking that there are many more tricks that I still need to learn here.

Enough for tonight though. Hope you enjoyed it.



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