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    Posted 5 years ago

    SpiritBear
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    The first time I entered the town, I had the most eerie feeling of it. Not sure why, as it was just a quiet little town on a cold, gray morning. I made it through one of those horrid round-abouts, before which I never had to drive on one so confusing. They're growing in popularity here, but I think they're the worst thing.

    Anyway, I was in the town that day without a camera-- something I regretted when I first saw the trains by an old station-turned-feedstore. A big old rusting steam engine and tender sat right by the road.

    I had only found that part of town by chance, as I was just driving around and was beginning to think I should turn around when a small sign appeared. "<-- Downtown".

    Alas, I neglected to bring my camera. So, I found an area to park and began walking toward the tracks where trains lie enrobed in rust.

    I began walking toward a particular steam-engine and admired its beauty, even with the rust pouring down it like a waterfall tainted by fall leaves.

    It was facing a bit newer train, which was across the tracks from the painted upper half of a building-- as for the whereabouts of the rest of it, I know not. And by that, a maintained and colourful steam-engine covered in tarps.

    I continued walking, daring to not go too close lest someone show up and have me arrested.

    I continued on the rails and encountered an ancient and yellow "American" steam shovel, the bucket of which was lying on the opposite side of the tracks. It was near a black logging transport still hooked up to cars of various railroads, the cars all weighed down with old creosoted ties.

    Around me were various other trains and train-cars, including the cutest little mini-train that must have pulled cars hither and thither for the railyard.

    Most of these were in states of decay, having long sat unused and always having been cosmetically poorly maintained. Shattered glass, gouges, rust, flaking paint, etc.

    I continued on a ways but decided I'd not go on to what looked like a most fascinating train buried in a mass of trees bordering its sinking rails far down the way.

    As such, I turned around and walked toward a string of maintained train-cars turned into some kind of museum and an enormous black steam-crane once used to pick up heavy loads and derailed cars.

    As I was walking by what I think was a museum, what sounded like an air-raid siren suddenly caused me to jump out of my fur (cuz, you know, I'm Spirit BEAR) as it blared practically right in my ears from the building.

    I almost left as I thought it was directed at me, but still I had not seen a single person and only a couple vehicles driving by. But, I continued on to the crane and left, only to return for part two.

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    Comments

    1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Ok, I'll wait for part 2. I sure hope there's a caboose at the end! haha get it?
    2. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      O Roy O Roy Is That Your Horse, thank you.

      Share Ur Passion, you'll have to wait and see. Be sure to catch my railroad pun in it, "end of the line".
    3. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      That steam locomotive has probably been sitting there for 60 years. Looks like an interesting diesel locomotive coupled to it. And then there is that crane car. Very cool.
    4. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      It was a most interesting area.
    5. martika martika, 4 years ago
      Love abandoned, eerie places!!!
    6. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I've posted a couple. CW deleted one because the photos were too dark. My entire point in that post was to show how dark the abandoned factory was. Guess they didn't read what I wrote.
    7. martika martika, 4 years ago
      It's pity they deleted it. Long time ago I read about an abandoned US town in a book. I already forgot how the town was called and who wrote the book. But I remember getting goose bumps during reading.
    8. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      It is such places that attract me. The longer abandoned, the better.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Sounds like a very fun day! If you don't want to say where this is, at least tell us the state.
    10. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Guess ya haven't read my profile. LOL.
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Sorry Spirit - I did read your profile, but this didn't look like Michigan. I love these wonderful old quiet places too - I just thought you might want to keep it a secret. LOL It could have been that Wisconsin town!
    12. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I never get to go out-of-state. I think the last time was 2009.
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Spirit - sorry to hear that. Can't you load up the car and do a road trip to your neighboring states? There is so much beauty and explorations in Michigan too, thanks for sharing that. It looks like I have dough to travel, but actually I work to travel and spend it that way. I still haven't been to Kentucky, Tennessee and the New England states. But, plan to...
    14. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Last month I spent 3 weeks looking for a new car as mine was costing more and more to repair. The transmission went out again, so I gave up and spent all my savings for next semester on a new used car, which I knew would cost about $1,000 to repair.
      I got it repaired, had a couple more repairs, and then last week after a small road-trip I put it in park (thankfully in my driveway) and smoke suddenly began pouring out of the back right (another $550 I don't have [but my old car is being sold today for 450], and I know the timing belt is also just a tad bit stretched and I do really want to get that replaced too, but that involves more than just a belt and is costly).
      I almost cried. Cars seem to hate me, but I'm actually quite gentle with them and keep them maintained. Technically, this is my third car and first loan (albeit I've bought only two, and the first was a hand-me-down).
      I really wish I had my camera at that moment, because I was thinking it was on fire when more and more smoke kept coming.
      Contrary to what it may appear, I make just over minimum wage. A trip would be too costly, especially now.
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      Oh Man! Sucks to have car troubles. I apologize. I am so freaked out when my car isn't working because being a single woman, I'm always a mechanic's dream customer. It's impossible to get around without a car isn't it? I wish I could send you a better car. Anyone out there have a good car in Michigan?
    16. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I'm my mechanic's dream customer: I am able to pay on time and always am bringing him something to work on. And thus is the issues with used cars. LOL.
      I'd like to cycle more, but it is faster in car and the only realistic way to travel in snow.
    17. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      My mom (Iowa) always said "can't you girls marry a lawyer, dentist or mechanic?" And....none of the 4 girls married those. big sigh :-)

      Let's put this out there to the Universe " A better car for SpiritBear!!"
    18. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      LOL, Valentino. My own mom wishes I would date a female. Sadly I hold interest only in males now. LOL.
    19. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      So Spirit - there is hope you might find a lawyer, dentist or mechanic! LOL Ooh...sorry all, I was being sexist wasn't I? Let's put it out in the universe again.....A better car for SpiritBear and Love too!
    20. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      A lawyer is great when yer in trouble with the law.
      A dentist helps with those tooth-aches that naturally must pop up.
      But the mechanic is the most useful out of all of them, for he can fix your car for just the price of the parts (if he really loves you). LOL.

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