All around us, there are remnants from the lives of people who came before. To me, there’s something really magical about finding forgotten things in the forest. Sometimes it’s just an old glass bottle or a rusty scrap of metal that you happen upon. But better still are the larger relics, like a kitchen appliance, an automobile, or even an entire home that’s been left behind. Earlier this week, I spent some time exploring a wooded area of rural Virginia that has been engulfing a pair of mobile homes for several decades.
Throughout this area, there are lots of “dumping sites” from when people would just get rid of trash by literally tossing it down a ravine or in to a heavily wooded patch on their own property. Walking around here, you constantly come across old beer and soda cans, buckets, bottles, barrels, doors, tires, gobs of barbed wire, and plenty of random pieces of metal. It’s like a woodland graveyard for rusty old things, which I happen to think is pretty neat! But, finding a home is a totally different ballgame, and I am always so mystified by what the story is. So often, everything inside and around an abandoned home is just left, like the folks simply vanished one day. Sometimes I wish I could wave a magic wand to reveal the history of an abandoned place, but at the end of the day I think the beauty of it actually lies in the mystery of not knowing.
Both the forest and abandoned places/things have always intrigued me very much, which is why I started my Forest Finding series here on my blog. I haven’t posted more than just a couple of these, but I’m excited to continue! Check out Forest Finding vol. 1 for more lost relics discovered way back in the trees.
Happy trails! ♡