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.
We finally made it out to this little gem in the middle of the desert. The roadtrip getting here was super fun and we loved every minute of it 🙂 We headed out of town, Friday (early evening) after the hubby got off work. We decided to leave at night, so that we could sleep in town and then hit the ground running – bright and early! But like literally….we were up and at ’em before the sun even rose.
When we arrived we strapped on our GoPro’s and our grabbed camera bag/backpack. Now we were ready to explore this beauty! Since it was just before 7am and already 80+ degrees, we kinda did a fast paced explore lol. Below are a few photographs and snapshots from the GoPro.
LOCATION HISTORY: The Lake Dolores Waterpark opened in May 1962. Park attendance peaked in the early 1970’s. However as patron attendance started to decline in the late 1980’s, and the park closed. In 1990 the park was sold, and reopened as Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark on July 4, 1998 – featuring a 50’s & 60’s theme. Over the next 3-4 years the park amassed over $3M debt and an employee who was crippled [in a 1999 accident] was awarded $4.4M in damages. In 2000 Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark filed for bankruptcy. The park reopened as Discovery Waterpark in May 2002 after $400k in renovations were made. Throughout the next few years the park was opened intermittently, finally closing in the summer of 2004.
A small break from my normal filth, grime and beautiful abandonment to bring you the beauty that is Hawai’i 🙂 Last week I had the pleasure of enjoying the trade winds that sweep through the valleys and the warm ocean waters that surround the island of O’ahu. I had the best time! So don’t mind me as I make a few posts sharing some amazing photos from this wonderful reprieve of our everyday life. Have a great weekend everyone!!
Breathtakingly beautiful is the view from Nu’uanu Pali. Sadly the history of this landmark is not as beautiful. Truth be told, it was very tragic, violent and historic. Pali Lookout or “The Pali” as the locals call it is located in Nu’uanu Pali State Park. The Pali overlooks the 985-foot cliffs of the majestic Ko’olau Mountain Range. The trade winds blow through the valley between the high mountains on either side, forming a strong wind tunnel of sorts. This wind tunnel makes for extremely windy conditions up top. It is said that on extra windy days, you can even lean into the wind and let the gusts hold you up.
The Nu’uanu Pali was the setting for one of the most significant battles in Hawaiian history. In 1795 King Kamehameha I, led his forces in the legendary Battle of Nu’uanu near the scenic cliffs of the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout. The King and his army invaded Oahu, arriving in an imposing fleet of war canoes at Waikiki Beach. The Oahu warriors were led by Kalanikupule, the ali’i nui of Maui and Oahu. This momentous battle resulted in the conquering of Oahu and the eventual unification of the Hawaiian Islands under one rule in 1810.
Kamehameha’s army marched to Nu’uanu Valley to face Kalanikupule’s troops. The ensuing battle was fierce, bloody and unrelenting. Gradually, Kamehameha’s men gained an advantage, forcing Kalanikupule’s forces to retreat further up the valley. The O’ahu Warriors attempted to make a final stand, but Kamehameha’s army was too strong. Thousands of Kalanikupule’s men were pursued and driven over the steep cliffs to their deaths. It’s said that the victory was so complete that not a single Oahu warrior that got into the upper part of the valley escaped alive.
In 1897 an engineering firm was hired to build what is now the Old Pali Road, a winding road used to carry traffic across the mountains. During construction, workers found an estimated 800 human skulls and other human bones at the foot of the cliffs—the century-old remains of Kalanikupule’s slain warriors.
Note: Pali means cliffs
Ali’i means chief