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  1. i get the opportunity to visit the park every few years. you've all probably heard of the place, but if not it's a ghost town that's also a montana state park. the park encourages you to explore anywhere that isn't locked up, even the old merry go round outside the schoolhouse has signs up to use at your own risk instead of keep off. old barbershop chair the schoolhouse and masonic lodge. the school was on the bottom floor and the lodge is on the top. both are fully furnished, though the lodge is the only building where they have plexiglass on the door to let you look in but not enter.
  2. pepper

    Hello!

    hi ren, nice to meet you.
  3. if i know the person and they've shown that they're a decent human being then i'm more than happy to discuss locations privately, provided extra traffic won't cause the place any harm. but i rarely make locations public unless it's really well known.
  4. pepper

    hello

    thanks backwoods.
  5. pepper

    hello

    thanks wimc and braindead.
  6. thanks wimc. it's a very good horror(ish) show that's somehow also family friendly.
  7. when your phone claims to be able to make emergency calls it means that all cell phones will dial 911, even if it doesn't have a current cell plan. but no cell phone will be able to send or receive if there isn't any cell service to make the call. in my state 911 also takes non-emergency calls because it's a tourist state and not everyone thinks far enough ahead to look up the police troops or municipalities (who only seem to work banker's hours and then turn things over to the 911 centers anyway). for a dead body you're always justified in calling 911 because the response crosses multiple services (police, ems or me and possibly fire if they need to make access). if you call the police the police have to call the dispatch center to have the other services dispatched.
  8. pretty much my day job. be glad they left the window down, otherwise the smell would have had you bent over and sicking up. and no, the smell won't come out.
  9. since the new series of stranger things is out today i figured i'd share a recent stranger things experience as my first post. found this innocent looking place in wyoming and added it to the travel itinerary on my last trip. as you can see in the photo the front door was left wide open so i took my chances and explored inside. so far, so good... and then i got inside and found this crazy mash up of stranger things and breaking bad. i decided it was time to leave. not pictured was the 2 broken recliners and the filthy abandoned jacket. photos taken with a fuji 50r & 32-64mm
  10. pepper

    hello

    i love exploring old ghost towns, learning the history and taking photos. can't wait to share and learn from you all. i'm from the east coast, but the majority of my exploration happens in the dakotas, wyoming and montana.
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