Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Only a month ago, we had a couple of days in Boise, Idaho, with no plans.  So we decided to head up to McCall to see the resort we’d heard so much about.  On the morning of our departure, however, Mother Nature showered Boise with snow, and there were times when we questioned the sanity of traveling north along Idaho Hwy. 55 with almost no one in sight.

Idaho 55 almost abandoned except for snow plows and a few travelers

Idaho 55 almost abandoned except for snow plows and a few travelers

The rewards, however, of seeing forests, farms, and streams covered with snow far outweighed our initial question of What are we thinking — traveling to McCall in a state we hardly know and in a car we’d only rented the day before?

A few of the abandoned structures — aging, dilapidated, empty — reassured us that we had done the right thing.  Where else and when else would we see such a contrast of abandoned buildings with fresh, untouched snow?

For more pictures of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned, click here.

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About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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28 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

  1. FreeRangeCow says:

    Maybe those roads are why there are so many falling-down barns! ;oP So glad you braved the slick roads, tho. Those pictures paid off!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks! Sometimes you just have to go somewhere on the designated day because you might not get back there! Thanks, as always, for reading and commenting!

  2. Piggletino says:

    Very very nice! Piggletino shall ask his scout for a little fur coat before heading out! 🙂 Thank you for sharing these awesome photos!

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  6. Tina Schell says:

    Love that last shot with the pale blue sky, the muted shades are wonderful together. The first photo would definitely have made ME turn around tho!!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      We were pretty scared not knowing the way or what we would face. But you only have a few shots at seeing something different, so we took that chance. It all worked out! Thanks for reading!

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  9. harpersfarm says:

    I love McCall, it is one of my favorite places to visit when we are in southern Idaho. My parents are in Boise, so McCall makes for a nice day trip. Beautiful photographs!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      I am so glad we went. It was a beautiful trip and even more beautiful once we got there. I know now why it’s such a popular resort destination. Anywhere else you recommend? I’m going back to Boise tomorrow. Will take my husband to Idaho City for a day.

  10. K.Z. says:

    great collection of images for the theme! love those barns.

  11. It was 80 today here in Morelia, so these photos look pretty cold to me Rusha. But I would never question your sanity for such a trip. I think that these kinds of trips have to be made to give us a true appreciation for what it feels like to be inside, safe, and warm. Stay warm and safe. ~ James

    • Rusha Sams says:

      We questioned our sanity also, but I have to hand it to the Idaho Dept. of Transportation. Those curvy roads were clear in no time. And when I mentioned my hesitation to return the next morning, the people in the McCall restaurant looked at me as if I were a foreigner! Imagine that. They just take off in any kind of weather!

  12. suzjones says:

    You know, when I finally get to the States, your blog will be required reading in planning my trip. 🙂

  13. suej says:

    Great images, Rusha! I love coming across images unexpectedly like you did here!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Me, too! Most of these pics were taken from inside our warm car. But I wish I could have gotten closer. Not sure how the farm owners would have felt, however, seeing someone coming through the snow to take pics of an abandoned building!!!

      • suej says:

        But don’t you always find it’s the way? We regret what we didn’t do….I wish I had had a torch at the old Maginot fort…I got inside, but no more than a few paces as it would have been to dangerous to continue, unseeing.

  14. Amy says:

    These barns look so sad in the winter… Great photos, Rusha!

  15. seeker says:

    I love those barns!

  16. Margo Lestz says:

    It’s beautiful – but it sure looks cold. Brrr!

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