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Especially Long Lost Barns

I like to find old barns in the woods, with trees gown up all around them. I like to explore the inside of them, there are always old broken tools and bottles from bygone days to contemplate, I always think of all the effort that someone put into it, for it to sit and slowly fall to dirt. The back country of Petaluma California is full of 50 year old chicken coops that are starting to collapse. No one raises chickens there anymore, and the structures just start falling down eventually.

AlternateSource AlternateSource 46-50, M 6 Responses Feb 21, 2010

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I haven't water skied in 20 years ;)<br />
I'd be ready to give it a go...<br />
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Guess I'll have to start saving up for the trip...

I sure hope so! It would be a great time, and I could show you some of Idaho. I'm trying to get the Hot Tamale over here to get it going before you get here. Ya know how to water ski? This 200 hp will pop you right out of the water. All you have to do is stand up and stay up, because I'll take you right off of the floating dock. I've skied and never got my hair wet.

Guess we'll have to come visit eh?

Yes..me too. I've hit a lot of old cabins here in Idaho, and even some that dated back to the gold rush days. There's a lot of old ghost towns and mining towns in Idaho and there good metal detector areas. We hiked about 4 miles up the Saint Marries River and found where an old mining shack had finally fallen down and the old covered wagon was still buried to its Axel in the middle of the stream, like it was abandoned and there it sat all this time. The beautiful pot belly stove still sitting in the back of the wagon. I always wanted to go back and get that old wood stove, but it would have been hell to get it down the steep canyon. I also found a hand crank sharpening stone that I'll show you. Its a real antique. I also have a good collection of things that we dug up out of old refuse pits and around old cabins. Under the floors of the mining shacks was a gold mine...literally. The gold dust would fall out of the bags and seep through the cracks of the floor, so it was well worth going under them or after they had fallen down and re-pan or clean the gold out of the dirt underneath.

I found an old white stone sharpening wheel years ago, I hauled it out of the woods and have kept it ever since. It has no real use, I just think it's cool...

I agree with you. I like the way they smell too. Just dusty and a bit cozy. I think it's a pity so many are abandoned & they've been around for decades.The construction is neat too. Yes, imagine the days of building barns by hand. You never know what treasure will be left behind.Lots of good "junk" still on the nails.