Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Abandoned Street

Almost all the homes were deserted on this one street in the town of Miami.

the fixer-upper

the cottage

the town's realtor

the mansion

the tire house

The cactus on the left has my dirty mind racing, lol.

My future home.  You are all welcome to visit, just give me time to clean the place.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Early Morning Fog

This is an unusual event to occur in AZ, a very foggy morning.  I was driving to my Mother's house and could only see a half a block ahead of me.  It made the drive creepy.  I saw those movies about the fog and know that there could be creatures hiding in the mist.  I kept my guard up and made sure that nothing was going to get me while driving in the fog..... muhahaha!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Abandoned Factories

These factories are no longer working the mines.  They are left abandoned and deserted by the closure of the mines and the departure of residence that have left to find work elsewhere.  Now all that is running through the vacant halls is the spirits of those who used to work there.

The first two photos were taken in Superior, AZ

The photos below were all taken in Miami, AZ

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Back to the Trailer Park

After the abandoned train, we cruised around Miami and then Superior but had no luck looking for the right place to add to our book.  We did find some cool houses but they looked dangerous and were fenced in.  We also saw some great empty and forgotten factories that were booming in the town's heyday.  But they had fences around with big signs that said words like, "hefty fines" and "arrested".  We can deal with a simple "no trespassing" sign but when they threaten our bank accounts and freedom that is when we decided to pass on the place because it wasn't worth the hassle.  I did get some great outside shots and will post them later.

As we headed back home, Sharon said that the one trailer in the abandoned trailer park where she found the wood divider had a good feeling.  We decided that place would be perfect for a chapter in our book. This was the main trailer across from the playground that was used for another chapter and next to Barry's outside bathtub.  Yeah, we had all the chapters we needed for the Desert Edition of our Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories book, and now it is on to the next...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Giants Buried in the Desert

One of my favorite shows in the late 1960’s was “Land of the Giants”. The show premise was set in the then-future of 1983 when a small group of Earth people landed on a strange planet when their spaceship runs into a mysterious storm that throws them off course. They land on a planet where the people are twelve times larger than those on Earth. Basically the giants are about 72 feet tall with all objects built to the gigantic scale. They spend the next two seasons (that is all the show lasted), trying to avoid the giants and get their spaceship back to earth.

Do giants exist on Earth? Here is an explanation given by Wikipedia:

“The mythology and legends of many different cultures include monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. "Giant" is the English word (coined 1297) commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed examples: the gigantic of Greek mythology. In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Nartian, Hindu or Norse. There are also other stories featuring giants in the Old Testament, perhaps most famously Goliath. Attributed to them are superhuman strength and physical proportions, a long lifespan, and thus a great deal of knowledge. Fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk have formed our modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, frequently said to eat humans, and especially children. However, in some more recent portrayals, like those of Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly. In folklore from all over Europe, giants were believed to have built the remains of previous civilizations. Some, argues that giants had to exist, because nothing else would explain the large walls, stone monuments, and statues that we now know where the remains of Roman construction.”

Apparently these giant skeletons have been unearthed all over the planet even in the deserts of Arizona. In 1891, in Crittenden, Arizona while digging for a commercial building, a giant stone coffin was uncovered. The project manager didn’t want to open it until an expert was called in to examine the strange find. When finally opened, a granite case was found inside which appeared to have held a body of a man at least 12 feet tall. A carving on the casing pointed to the fact that he had six toes and fingers. In Biblical history they speak of the giants during ancient times with six toes and fingers that roam the world.

In 1923, in the Grand Canyon, Samuel Hubbard found two petrified human remains that were 15 and 18 feet in height. These giants were formed of a limestone fossilized and entrenched in the sandstone. One of the remains took days to dig out because it was buried under a rock fall. However, the other one was in a crevice and very tricky to access. Hubbard was able to take pictures of that one. (I tried to find the picture but could not. I am sure it is somewhere out in cyber land.)

These are only a couple of places where these skeletons have been dug up. Here are a couple of websites with more stories where these giants have been found: (There are many more sites.)

*Note: there are rumors that some of the giant bone photos found on the internet are fake. No surprise there.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Tattoo

I have been wanting a tattoo for the last two years and finally got it.  I'm not going to lie, it did hurt but not the entire time.  I love the end result: the Libra bar sign with a Marigold (October's flower).

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Quiet Baseball Field

Wednesday, Sharon and I went out on another adventure in search of abandoned places. This time we set our sights on Superior and Miami, Arizona, where we knew there were plenty of places that were left deserted by the mines shutting down and the horrible economy.

Superior was the first town along the way. We knew from experience that getting off the main road is usually where we find the awesome abandoned places. Besides, these places usually don’t have people living nearby which makes it nice to roam freely throughout the property without being bothered.

After driving down a few streets, there it was sitting quiet and lonely, a baseball field. We drove down to the dirt parking lot to check it out. It was a mess so we weren’t sure if it was truly abandoned or just not well maintained. After wandering around and examining the dugouts, we decided to add this baseball field to our book. Sharon got a reading on a girl with a cool name, “Julie”, lol. While in the middle of taking pictures, Superior’s finest drove in the parking lot, circled around, stopped by Sharon’s car, and then took off. We are not sure if a local complained about us, but all they saw was a couple of goofy middle-aged ladies taking pictures of their baseball field. Apparently we were just not worth their time. Anyhow, this was the first stop on our trip. More to come…