Who wants to take a road trip? Who wants to explore the Wild West for real? Who wants to see ghost towns in the middle of nowhere, Nevada and drive down long, winding old highways or dusty, rocky dirt roads? We can stop to take photographs whenever we choose and investigate these abandoned buildings. We’ll visit the one-horse towns that are just barely clinging to life and have some coffee while talking with the locals. We can drive all day or all night listening to good road trips songs. And we will camp under the stars at night.
Who’s in? Of course, we’ll have no fear of trespassing on private property or strangers or unstable buildings or getting lost beyond the map.
…and back to reality. I know there are such things as private property laws and there are many dangers about getting lost in the desert, but that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about ghost towns and empty highways and untouched buildings. Of course, the idea of exploring ghost towns brings up other issues such as trespassing, preservation, visitors, and many others. Feel free to add more concerns, readers.
I’ll save for that for another time. The romanticism of road trips and the middle of nowhere will always be an inspiration for me, regardless of fact vs. fiction. For now I’d just like to think about the ghost towns and the (unknown) stories associated with them. From photographing these places and theorizing who lived there and when and why they left, the entertainment for this preservationist never ends. There is just something about the radio, open windows, sunglasses, good company, and trying to figure out which direction we’re headed, that I will always love. Hopefully this summer will allow for a road trip.
In the meantime, there are many web sites and blogs out there with ghost town travel tales. I recommend Bonneville Mariner (click on the “ghost towns” category). Or check out Ghost Town Gallery, where you can click on the interactive map and see photographs from the town.
What about you? What do you romanticize?