When I got to the first address - nothing - just a hill of weeds. Obviously it had been demolished.
On to the second address. Nothing. And when I say nothing I mean NOTHING! no empty lot - no pile of ruble - nothing...... Obviously someone must have torn it down and rebuilt. (I came to that conclusion after going round the block a couple of times thinking I had some how missed it)
By now my hopes of finding an abandoned house were all but gone. I went on to the 3rd address with little hope of finding anything. I drove down the street - eyes peeled for a run down house. Nothing. Again.
I turned around and cruised slowly down the street again. This time I spotted a gravel driveway (believe me I am using that term VERY loosely) between some very overgrown hedges. I turned around and went back again - much slower this time.
When I reached the driveway I slowed to a near stop ... do I ?? don't I??? I swung the wheel and edged onto the driveway - which dropped down almost immediately - but opened into a large green space at the bottom of the hill.
I inched my way down the driveway praying I didn't tear the underneath side of the car off. When I got to the green space I turned the car around so it was now facing up the driveway (in case I needed a quick get away)
I still hadn't seen any house though. I did spot a "For Lease" sign so I figured I wasn't exactly trespassing. But I will admit to worrying a teeny tiny bit that neither my car nor I could be seen from the street.
I got out of the car with camera in hand and walked a few feet further in....... and lo and behold hidden behind some overgrown bushes and trees was this house.......
day 20 of 365
I started shooting - barely worrying about focus or settings - it was just plain eery.
I walked around the back of the house to be faced with "forest" and a pathway that I was pretty sure led to Lake Ontario.
I headed down the path...........
now when I say "path" don't picture a nice groomed pathway - nope no way. It was more a trampled down path with branches at face level. I worked my way further down the path - hoping to suddenly come upon the Lake. But this path just seemed to twist and turn.
AND then I heard some male voices. Honest to god my heart nearly jumped out of my chest!! Every single episode of every single police/mystery/scary show flashed through my brain. I turned around and beat it like a bat out of hell back up to the abandoned house.
I took a couple more shots then decided not to push my luck. It was time to get the show on the road and return to civilization again