November gratitude: week 2

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Last week I started week 1 of my weekly November gratitude posts.

We are in week 2 already and Christmas will be here before we know it! But let’s focus on the now and giving thanks…

 

Week 2 gratitude:

angelI am grateful for well spent weekends with my love and peaceful hikes. 

I am grateful that I have new places to explore all of the time and new adventures to be made. As well as new abandons adventures. Like these old estate ruins we found…

It’s a new work week and I’m sad already. But looking through my pictures from our day of adventures makes me happy and feel better.

I needed an adventure and fresh air. I can’t wait to go hiking again! I want to do as many fall hikes as I can before the snow comes.

I found this article of these abandoned ruins you can hike to in upstate NY and I am determined to do as many of them as possible before snow. (We will see what happens but that is the plan!)

Why are the weekends so short and the weeks so long? : (

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What’s left of the old estate…

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And the lean to which offered a cozy resting spot. 

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angelI am grateful for stunning sunsets and super moons. Grateful for these little things in life that give us something to look forward to and tell us to keep going.

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I took this using my mom’s super zoom lense. Love how it came out with the branches over the moon!

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angelI am grateful for new places to try.

Like a local speakeasy with a bonfire outside to snuggle up by and a newly renovated bar/restaurant that is beautiful.

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angel I am grateful for my camera, which gives me the opportunity to capture these memories, look back on them, and realize how grateful I am.

 

 

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Thank you for reading! What are you feeling grateful for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday drives and abandoned homes

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This weekend I really felt like some adventures. I did not do nearly as much fall hiking as I wanted to so far and it will be snowy soon!

Saturday I decided to just take a drive with my camera and my pup (one of my favorite things to do) and go abandoned building hunting and just take photos.

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I have this keychain hanging in my car as a reminder…

 

I ended up driving about 40 minutes away to another ski mountain like my own and decided to venture over to the ski lifts and check them out.

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I wandered around to tiny towns that you could blink and miss. But I found little parts of them that I needed to capture!

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Like this adorable library, so cute that I wanted to live in it.

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And we did find some abandons!

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Did the previous owners of this house have a funny sense of humor putting Halloween decorations outside? Or even scarier: maybe it is not really abandoned and someone really lives here…..

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bee nest….

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And the night ended off with a beautiful sky…

 

 

Adventures of Abandons: Part 4

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[Latest obsession-Halsey]

 

Happy May!

 

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To start off the springy month, I bring you another part of my Abandons adventures series.

 

It was a dreary Sunday outside and the perfect day to explore around a creepy old house.

 

This is one of my favorite posts to do and it’s been awhile since I have done one- if you want to see my last one of the old circus train, check it out here.

 

So- I pass this house all the time. And as usual, I wonder it’s story and the people who occupied it.

 

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The vines tell the time of when there was last someone taking care of this house…

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Someone is clearly squatting here and you could easily see inside…

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I tried to research the house online online but didn’t have any luck…

 

 

 

 

Adventures of Abandons: Part 3

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[You guys know I love American Horror story!]
I hope you are having a great weekend! I’m going to be honest, I have barely left my house because it has been below 10 degrees all weekend!

Here’s part 3 of my abandons posts -[Abandons posts]

I only left the house once yesterday with my pup and bundled her up in her jacket to go for a ride to photograph an old train I pass frequently, but have just never had my good camera with me.

This is the old version of the Catskill Mountain Railroad.

For some reason, it has a circus feel to me, which I love even more.

 

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You can see a crack in the window right near a windshield wiper and the controls that used to move the train…

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We didn’t get too close to the longer section of the train- because there was a private property sign up and the train was not far from the road at all.

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Adventures of Abandons, part 2

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Let’s start our week off with some creepy, possibly haunted, abandoned structures. If you haven’t read my part 1 of this series, start here:

Adventures of the Abandons Part 1

Meet the Cold Spring Hotel: 1904. 

FYI, no relation to “the beiber.” Sorry, guys.

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Here’s what it looks like today, and sadly, will be demolished soon.

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The house was fallen much more than the last time I was here!

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A little editing is fun, too.

A little editing is fun, too.

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And just down the street we have this house- that was left to the elements.

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And the little run down shed next door.

And the little run down shed next door.

And next-

Welcome to Cortina Mountain Ski Resort! I’m combining pictures from my phone and my camera because I first visited last winter and got some good shots- when I went this time, there was a jeep parked nearby that was not last time and a dumpster filled with garbage- maybe they are fixing it up! So I tried not to linger too long….

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Tickets?

Tickets?

I hope you all enjoyed!

Adventures of abandons, part 1

The last few years I have really loved finding abandoned structures and taking pictures of them. My friends and I enjoy it, my mom thinks it’s very strange. (Meanwhile, I distinctly remember her telling me a story of how her and her sisters went into an abandoned house with a beehive a few stories high!)

I went searching last weekend with my pup in the car and found a lot more than I had hoped for! Many times, I would be on a busy road and see one in passing and think ahhhhh! I wish I could pull over and get that but there are cars behind me….so I have started keeping notes of those in my brain as well as written down.

So I thought I would share my collection so far with you…in multiple parts. Because there will be more exploring to do. There always is!

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Where have they gone?

Where have they gone?

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I like to think about their story... did they have to leave or did they leave by choice?

I like to think about their story… did they have to leave or did they leave by choice?

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Through research I found, believe it or not, this restaurant was only closed in 2009!

Margo’s Yelp reviews- was a booming place once!

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I am not really sure what this one is, but it reminds me of Ireland.

I am not really sure what this one is, but it reminds me of Ireland!

The skies were also very dark that day and at times it was so rainy I had to pull over for a bit, so it reminded me of Ireland weather, as well!

The skies were also very dark that day and at times it was so rainy I had to pull over for a bit, so it reminded me of Ireland weather, as well!

This next one saddens me every time I pass it...

This next one saddens me every time I pass it…

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I tried to research this one too with no luck so far.

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Old lonely farmhouse

Old lonely farmhouse has made a new home for the birdies and critters.

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A little baby one, seen as I went to turn around down a dead end road.

A little baby one, seen as I went to turn around down a dead end road.

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Now, I already posted these in my Seasons passing post, but it was too relevant to this theme, I couldn’t resist.

Berries thriving amongst the dead...

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Do not enter

But do you really want to enter?

And a few lost photos from my week before that somehow didn't make the blog... of this abandoned house I pass all the time and decided to photograph

These were taken awhile ago on my iPhone- not ready to see snow again! But I love this place.

These were taken awhile ago on my iPhone- not ready to see snow again!
But I love this place.

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