Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

This week’s photo challenge is: In a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo that shows us abandoned.

I have the perfect place for this. A few summer’s ago Bryan and I went for a hike in the Catskills for The Fire Tower Challenge. Basically it’s a hiking challenge to hike mountains with fire towers. You have to do 18 out of 23 in the Adirondacks and all five listed in the Catskills. So far we only have two we we aren’t doing stellar on the challenge.

We were down in the Catskills and decided we should do one of the fire tower hikes there. We picked Overlook Mountain as it looked easy and I had hurt my knee the day prior and didn’t want to do something hugely technical or put in a bunch of miles. While the views were fantastic from the top, especially since it was a super clear day, the really neat part was the ruins of the Overlook Mountain House (scroll down on the Overlook Mountain link for details). Basically it was a hotel created in 1871 for tourism purposes. It burned down twice and sustained further fire damage in the 1960s after it was boarded up. Based on all the informational boards we read on the summit, it was a rather ill-fated hotel. The skeleton of the building spoke to me and I love how nature is reclaiming it’s land. To me, it felt sacred. Here are a few pictures of this beautiful place.

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And because it was such a gorgeous day, a view from the fire tower.

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