abandoned school – snow day!

by Kaylah Stroup

Over the weekend Ohio got smacked with a HUGE snow storm. The amount of snow wasn’t quite so extreme, at least in my opinion, but the wind made massive snow drifts. It was nearly impossible to keep sidewalks, driveaways, and roads clear. While nearly everyone hunkered down for a cozy couple of days, my friends and I thought this would be a good time to get out and explore. We can literally do nothing all summer but as soon as the cold weather comes around, we all of sudden want to be out all the time. It’s stupid and never all that comfortable but it is fun. Jeff got a new Jeep last year so this snow storm was the perfect test of his 4wheel drive. We were able to effortlessly navigate the snowy roads and make our way to an abandoned school that had recently come on to our radar.

The majority of the windows are boarded up meaning a lot of sections have exactly zero light. The other windows, with boards removed and window broken, let in very little morning light but did offer lots of snow and bitter cold wind. We didn’t peek in every class room and missed large sections of the building but still, the three of us couldn’t have been more pleased with the morning. Sometimes, in places like this one, you’re just full of such excitement that it’s hard to concentrate of seeing everything and setting up the best shots. It can definitely be overwhelming. We spent an hour and half of our morning exlaiming to one another ‘check this out!’ and ‘did you see this!?’

I can’t think of a better way to spend a snowy morning.

One of my favorite parts of this building was this snow pile. I spotted it from the hallway. The room was pitch black but I could see something large and conical. I shined my flashlight on it for a better look. It took a few seconds for my brain to realize it was snow coming in from the roof! After this one, I spotted a couple more of them throughout the school but none as perfect as this one.

I’m not wildly impressed with the photos I took. A stronger flashlight was definitely in order so I basically just played off Jeff and Jake’s lights. Still, it was a fun adventure. It’s always a blast to explore a new place together, especially one this large. I’m looking forward to getting back, armed with a better light source, and capturing some more shots before this place is gone.

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Kristina B January 22, 2019 - 1:16 pm

I think our shots are awesome! And that weird snow pile is crazy! I’m so jealous you went into an old school. I was dying to go in my old HS before they knocked it down but Rob was such a party pooper he wouldn’t let me go in. He thought we’d get in trouble. Such a goody-goody!

Kaylah January 25, 2019 - 9:13 am

LOL! That’s pretty cute.

Kate January 22, 2019 - 1:44 pm

For some reason, abandoned schools make me sadder than any other abandoned places.

Kaylah January 25, 2019 - 9:10 am

I totally get that!

Carly January 23, 2019 - 1:22 pm

I really enjoy the way the photos are lit! Makes it feel eerie.

Kaylah January 25, 2019 - 9:09 am

Thanks, Carly! Definitely was eerie!

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