||[Jul. 5th, 2006|09:50 am]
This weekend I went down to Kingston to my parent's cottage. Nearby there is an abandoned cottage. It looks like this!|
My brother and I had explored it before, because it's so accessible (it's right on the water). It's pretty cool inside: there's an old cast-iron tub that has fallen from the top floor down to the basement, with a hole in the floor each story down. HOWEVER, on the same island, there is a bigger house, equally abandoned. We had heard that it was a model cottage, built to attract investors that never came, and we decided to FIND OUT MORE. Two years ago we tried to reach it on foot, but it was impossible - the brush is too high up, and it's about a kilometer away. This weekend we decided to attack by boat. We'd hoped that its relative inaccessibility might mean it's a bit better preserved.
Unfortunately, the water is too shallow to get close, and the house itself is surrounded by tough land on all sides but the front, where there's a bog, left over from what at one point must have been a very pretty bay. Motorboats are out, but so too is canoeing there, as the winds were high and it'd be a day trip at least. We decided to COMBINE the two: motorboat over, while dragging the canoe behind us on a toewire.
After a few tries (including one in which Victor got soaked) we discovered the only way the canoe would be even minimally stable was with a live ballast: someone IN the canoe to shift their weight as appropriate to prevent capsizing, and to bail when the water got too high. Canoes were not meant for motorboat speeds but we were going to try. It took us about 30 minutes to get there.
It was pretty awesome once we got up to speed! As the canoe got faster, the nose would rise up on a wave, and then come smashing down - the nose almost going underwater. Since the boat wasn't going to slow down, and the rope wasn't going to break, the canoe went as fast with the nose in the water as out of it. Sometimes the nose caught, and the canoe tried to pull away. The end result was that I look TOTALLY EXTREME!!!
It was very pretty.
When we got there and stopped for lunch, the sudden slowdown caused the tail of the canoe to dip underwater, and despite some frantic bailing, the canoe soon capsized.
Good times! What's below is pictures of the house, which it turns out was a functioning farm at one point: there was also a stable, a wagon (long since decayed except for a few planks and the metal wheels), and a barn with cow stables and a few dessicated cow poops. I can't imagine the story behind it but the next time I go back I'm going to talk to my parents' friends and try to find out!
Approaching, you can see the house in the distance:
Half of the basement wall had capsized, so you could see inside. The was an old boiler down there:
Perhaps the remains of a flower garden? There were huge raspberry bushes all around also.
This would have been hidden behind the walls. I think it says "Stairs North" (?) but I'm not certain. I love the flourish on "Stairs", though.
My brother Victor took all these pictures.
awesome. this is the raddest post since march, at least.
Extreeeeemely cool! Just goes to show how NATURE cannot be STOPPED.
Also, you are awesome and smart for wearing a life preserver. Way to set a good example, Ryan!
I was thinking the same thing about the life jacket
that's pretty scary and awesome. I'd be afraid to fall through the floor.
Oh, we didn't actually go in, just poked our heads in and stuff - seeing how there was no actually support in the basement, we were a bit wary to try our luck!
Sweet-O. I especially like the radical canoeing pictures.
That is really quite cool. As a paleography ... guy ... I can say it's either "north" or "nord", for what difference it makes, on the stairs. At least as far as I can tell.
I'd go on to verify these. It's also worth noting that 'nord' seems more reasonable than usual because it follows 'stairs' -- 'nord stairs' would sound even less French than 'stairs nord', but 'stairs - north' sounds fairly normal in English. Like you're splitting up the house and giving it names. Which is exactly what's going on here!
But my guess is 'north' since why would you mix French and English?
Maybe if you were Canadian?
that's the kind of thing i would've given an arm to do as a kid. now, of course, i'm looking at these and thinking, Ryan! Be Careful! Watch Out For Ticks! Don't Fall Through the Flooring!
the pictures came out great. i wonder if someone will ever buy this property?
It's sat abandoned for over 50 years! We did find evidence of the barn being electrical, so it can't be THAT old, but it's still been there for a while.
We didn't actually go into any of the structures - the most I did was one foot in the house to peek around the corner to look at the kitchen. I was tempted to poke around in the barn, but then we saw how there were metal supports in all the places but one, and thought, well, maybe not. It would be a dumb way to go!
I love the sudden interlude of pretty in the midst of all the extreme!
Awesome, yet sad at the same time. Abandoned things always remind me of how fragile humanity is.
You should name your first child "Stairs North."
WOAH! It's like extreme urban exploring, but in the countryside!
W-what could that possibly be?
Perhaps urban exfiltration?
2006-07-05 03:13 pm (UTC)
EXTREME! Also, BEAUTIFUL!
And that's you! I'd never seen you before! Now if I were to see you on the street, I could go "Hey! You! Dinosaur Guy! Quanzwaitryan yes, Ryan! EXTREME!"
And then I'd probably run away from embarassment. EXTREME EMBARASSMENT.
And how difficult must it be to build a house/farm on an ISLAND? Did they boat the cows over? Replace Ryan in the canoe with A Large Cow (also wearing a lifevest) and that's even EXTREMERER.
oh man!! I love exploring abandoned places!!!! JEALOUSY!!
All this being said, you should buy it and live like Thoreau...
2006-07-08 08:50 am (UTC)
Thoreau != Rousseau
Haha! I had complete brain failure reading that and thought you were talking about Rousseau the crazy-Babylon-5-French-madam in Lost. Which would also be a pretty cool way to live, I'm thinking.
"Hey Hurley! How's it going, dude? Help yourself to batteries. They're over there, behind the guy on my torture rack. Watch out for the Others, it's like a jungle out there!"
Also: please excuse my anonymity, I'm a random guy here via the comic.
extreme indeed! very awesome!
I was going to ask, but you answered it for me at the very end of the post! I was thinking to myself "some of these photos are nicely composed (especially that one of the oven) for a dude that couldn't draw his way out of a paper bag!"
(i am only kidding, i am sure you could draw your way out of a paper bag)
2006-07-07 03:08 pm (UTC)
It is important to note that if you ever find yourself trapped inside a paper bag, you should IMMEDIATELY CEASE ALL DRAWING. Your best chances for getting out are to try:
or c)vigorous high fives onto the side of the paper bag.
Attempting to draw in a situation like this is only for the EXTREMELY EXTREME.
Wow, that's awesome. It reminds me of going 'sploring as a small boy. Clearly, though, what you are in need of is PAINTBALL GUNS. True? True.
Pretty and Extreme is a potent combination.
Awesome pictures! Also good call on not actually going inside! (I approve).
Pretty and Extreme is a potent combination.
It is the prettiest! But I think it has a few holes...
now i want to try some EXTREME canoe-riding. especially since i hate paddling. what a great compromise!
Ok next you should put wheels on the canoe and continue on land being towed by an ATV or car
and if it's a car it should be a 1967 Shelby Mustang and it must involve a jump ramp and explosions
2006-07-05 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ryan North: Total Jungle Explorer
what is it with places getting completely destroyed when people don't live there anymore? is our spring cleaning the only thing holding our houses together?
That and hope for a better tomorrow!
That's amazing!!!! I love abandoned stuff!