Today we explored an abandoned ‘old county hospital’ and it sure did not disappoint. It was beautiful – covered in graffiti and decay 🙂 We headed out early in the morning, while it was still dark (as we typically do when we explore). Along the way, we stopped and grabbed some coffee and a couple of breakfast sandwiches. It was windy and cold outside. It was a nice pleasant drive and luckily for us, the old county hospital is directly off of the highway, easy to find and easy to gain entry.
When we parked the car, we strapped on the GoPro and grabbed our camera bags. We had to walk along the highway for a little bit, then hop over a [knee level] guard rail to enter the property. We scurried through the brush, which was super overgrown, and entered through an unlocked door. The hospital had an open floor plan with a courtyard in the middle. Unfortunately it was full of trash. It was a nice sunny day so we had lots of light as we walked through the hallways that connect all 4 parts of the building. 75% of the way through our explore, we ran into transient(s) living in one of the back rooms. We didn’t want to disturb him and for our own safety, decided to leave the premises. Oddly enough, we scared him and he also left lol. We saw him riding away on his bike. Below are a few photographs and snapshots from the GoPro.
LOCATION HISTORY: Even though the site of the old county hospital has long been abandoned, city supervisors were hoping to turn it into an asset for the community. The building itself has fallen into severe disrepair since it closed its doors back in 2008.
After an intense but quick cyber-search (lol) the husband and I were able to track down the location of an abandoned hospital. Something we’ve been wanting to get our hands on, for months now! Imagine our excitement when we confirmed that we had the exact location 🙂
Since it was late night when we found the location, we decided that we’d confirm the spot over the weekend. We jumped in the car, map & directions ready to go! Pulled up to the location, drove down a few streets and then around the building a few times, looking for entry points and keeping an eye out for possible security.We parked the car, (near other cars so that we wouldn’t stand out) and walked the perimeter of the building. SUCCESS…we found a way in! Woohoo!!
We decided not to explore right then, though, because the hubby wanted to invite a friend. So we made sure our access point was secure, and walked back to the car. Instead we’d head out on a day when it was least expected…a day when we thought there would definitely be less of a possibility for security…Thanksgiving morning, lol. So we met up at 6:30am and headed out. Here are a few pics from this amazing spot!
O’ahu, my home away from home…unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to visit any family on this trip, because I literally just flew in/out for a tattoo 🙂
Although, not wanting to waste any precious time, I calculated exactly how many hours I had of daylight to explore, during my 3 days on the island. I landed at around noon and literally hit the ground running. I got my rental car and headed out on my first excursion – clear on the other side of the island! My first stop was an abandoned convalescent home, then an abandoned house and whatever other abandoned structures I could find along the way.
I first ran across these beautiful ruins, many years ago. Unfortunately all of my photographs were lost when my external hard drive took a sh*t and died on me 😦
So naturally, it was a must, that I come back and re-shoot this decaying beauty.