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Abandoned Motel

Thursday, February 26, 2015

While the first day of mine and Jeff's little escape was fun, the second day of the trip was the real highlight. We drove the back roads from Norfolk, Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland, and even dipped into Delaware just so we could add another state to the list of them that we've been together. (Sitting pretty at 17 right now, can't wait to add more!) We were stumbling upon incredible looking abandoned places left and right but sadly, due to the weather, we couldn't stop. There was no where to park. Places that would be perfect to pull the car off the road were covered in enough snow that getting stuck was a real risk and not one we were willing to take.
Somewhere in Delaware, we stumbled upon this motel. We both saw it at the same time and looked at each with pure excitement. Luckily it was near a few other businesses that were still in use so we were able to whip around and park across the street in one of their parking lots. We trudged through the snow and snooped around this truly spooky site.
I'm obviously unsure of any back story on this place, and it's hard to tell how long any place been abandoned. This place was so far gone. The inside was absolutely trashed and clearly, the outside is a wreck. I love colors but honestly, I think my favorite part might be that sign! It's so creepy looking. I would love to see it in the spring, the vines covering it with leaves on them. I bet it's lovely!

Rushing around like we did at the motel reminds me of when Jeff and I were out west last summer and we stopped at a ghost town called Two Guns*. I found it on Roadside America and it ended up being right on the way to where we were heading except we were majorly crunched for time. We had reservations, and had to check into our wigwam before the front office closed for the night. But Two Guns!!!! It looked amazing. We had to stop, there was no two ways about it. We agreed we'd only spend ten minutes there so we both got out of the car and literally ran from building to building snapping photos like crazy. The ten minutes was up in no time at all. We got back to the car gasping for breath and full of adrenaline. My pictures weren't that great, and I'd love to reshoot it but it's honestly one of my favorite memories from the whole trip. Now we've started referring to times that we rush around an abandoned property due to any kind of time restraint as "going Two Guns"

This motel was totally awesome but I think my favorite part will always be the adventure of it. It was wide open and not a challenge to get to at all but running across a divided highway and dashing around in the freezing cold was so much fun. We definitely went Two Guns on that place!
xoxo

*Some of my Two Guns photos can be found in this post.

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  1. I love all your photos of abandoned places! I really need to check some local spots out.

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  2. That sign is incredible! I also love the color of that paint and it's perfect stage of decay—great find!

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  3. Great photos. I love this kind of work.

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  4. What a great place to explore! I love coming upon abandoned buildings (and I agree that sign would be amazing in the spring/summer).

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  5. This is the most wonderful and creepy thing I've ever seen. I love these posts, and for some reason, anything to do with motels really fascinates me! Excellent post, x

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  6. Yeah, the inside doesn't have as much character as a bunch of the other abandoned buildings you've shot. But the sign, oh yes, the sign.

    You know it's pretty ridiculous the way I love your stories all mixed and jumbled with your photos. This story sounded quite breathless. You kept interrupting yourself with other bits and pieces and what.

    So I can see you running around there and your breath all steamy and your giggle echoing there with the highway in the background...

    Somebody tell me why I love it here so much.

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  7. I love these posts of yours. :) Do you guys ever get caught, or are afraid of getting caught? We have an abandoned ammo factory down the street from us and I want to go inside and snoop, SO BADLY, but I'm afraid because of all the No Trespassing signs everywhere. Teach me!

    xo Ashley
    pennypickedrevival.com

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    1. Thanks! I've never been caught *knock on wood* but it is obviously a very real possibility If there are no trespassing signs everywhere, you should probably avoid it for the most part. I'm sure there are other worthy explores near ya that aren't as risky! ;)

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  8. Your pics just make want to go on a road trip now!

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  9. The photo of the mattresses is seriously so creepy! It gives me the creeps!

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    1. Hahaha!

      It's so gross how they're all shoved in there.

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  10. I love how you both get giddy over the same things like photography and abandoned buildings. Sharing that kind of connection is so special and being able to share creativity in that way is even more special. I love these posts and seeing how things "decay" yet remain so beautiful over time.

    ♥ Emily
    www.emmadeer.com

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I agree, I was going to type something about lucky Jeff and I are to have found each other but then I started getting teary eyed and it's way too early for that. Hah! :P

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  11. I'm ok with you: blue/green color and this sign "MOT" are the more amazing in this place! I like the before last one with steps facing...nothing, snow, and nothing else!

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