|One of the buildings at the old Dan River Mills facility, Danville, VA, now falling to ruin|
Our hunt led us to a few truly forgotten, lost places that make one wonder just what might have transpired over the years. One of the sites we found had, at one time, apparently been a thriving neighborhood, with a scenic lake, a tennis court, and lord knows what other amenities; now it's an overgrown wilderness, home only to the local wildlife. The most intriguing of our stops was a once-expansive homestead, now completely overtaken by the forest. The main house is a collapsed ruin, the barn and outbuildings barely peeking out through dense barriers of trees. Inside one of the old structures, we came upon the decomposing head of an old doll nailed to the wall, which gave poor Audra a bit of a start — at least, that's what I gathered from her nervous, near-hysterical laughter upon her discovery of the thing. Our target was an old well, some fifty feet deep; a potentially treacherous place to hide a cache, yes, but we were smart — we let Zachary do the dirty work. (Audra wasn't too worried; if she lost him, she's still got another young 'un back home.)
An added bonus was stopping off to chat briefly with the owner of several of the coolest caches in Danville, Mr. Klaussinator his own self, as well as his daughter, who, in geocaching circles, goes by the name Sunpoppy. At the end of the day, we had added another ten or so caches to our respective totals; today was more about quality than quantity, and I'd say we certainly got it.
Till the next outing....
|Audra (a.k.a. Homestyle) heading out to the tennis court of the dead|
|The old railroad bridge over the Dan River, now a part of the Riverwalk Trail|
|Geese double-parked on the Riverwalk; and they had the nerve to honk at me.|
|Old farmhouse overtaken by the woods. I'm pretty sure I heard unearthly voices whispering|
horrible nothings somewhere in the darkness.
|Looking down the old well. Yep, there's a cache in there.|
|Old dude in the front yard of the even older ruins|
|A much-needed rest stop. I said REST stop, not pit stop.|
|Yes, gracious. Young Zachary does have his ways of dealing with an unruly mum.|