Shivers Monday: Urban Exploration

(Pretty accurate feel of what it's like to come across a place)

Urban exploration, without a more formal explanation basically means poking around abandoned places, whether it's sewers, houses, missile silos, asylums, you name it! It is something I absolutely adore and finding these places is not always that easy, although in today's world, it could be the house next door.

Still, there are laws being broken to trespass into such sites. I always make it a policy that if it has posted signs, I won't enter. I'm not stupid. I have a perfect record and I'd like to keep it.

Why do people do this? It's very hard to explain, but something happens when a home is no longer inhabited and weather and nature has taken over, rays of light shine through, random pictures still sit on wall. It's sad and lonely where once it provided shelter and joy.

As a psychic and a ghost hunter, these buildings are precious gold and I just want to absorb everything inside of them, which is probably why Julie and I wrote our book "Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories (Desert Edition)" because we want to share the love of urban exploration along with the psychic reads of their past, one moment in time in thousands upon thousands of moments in those locales. It makes you realize how fleeting every day, every event, every occupants time in a place really are.

(This abandoned German Steel mill should win the steampunk building award!)

A great source of pics of such places is this site.

Now, if you want to do an artsy video, consider trying something like this--capture the mood and the time period. Use old or very cheap crappy cameras or use black and white and old film effects to age it.

*Just a warning, tomorrow's post about Josh Gates Journals will have my dancing butt in it, so I will apologize ahead of time to those who cannot take such sights! As well, expect me to talk on Mind Fuck Tuesday tomorrow about some stones in Tucson we're going to explore to work on a theory. You know how I love my theories!*


  1. cool videos, very creepy. love them!

  2. "The moon'll come out tomorrow
    Bet your bottom doller that
    tomorrow there'll be moon"

    Thanks for the heads-up! ;)

  3. Yeah, I gotta warn folks about such things as my butt shaking. You don't want to just throw that out there. I write about scary things, but some are truly frightening.

  4. i always liked digging in the basements.

  5. Echo;
    I'm an attics and basement gal myself. The history is in those areas.

  6. My attempts at UrbEx (Gotta love the abbreviations) are usually disrupted by homeless folk or other explorers.
    I never got to go to any of the really good places; I rely on blogs and TV for that.

    And now a poem:

    Is there
    anything more paranormal than
    a derrière?

  7. RR;
    I'd say is there anything more abnormal than a derriere. You gotta go way out in the rural areas, buddy, if you want to find the ones people aren't living in or others are poking around in. I guess that'd be called rural exploration. Haha
    Seriously, here in AZ we find them in mining towns that tapped out but also in agricultural areas where people had small farms. If you ever hit the road and are riding the countryside on a freeway and look out at a little patch of houses in the distance that makes a town that doesn't even have a gas station at its exit, that's probably the charm.

  8. uh..interesting post :) creepy vids

  9. The music so makes the video. Adds to the eeriness. So your butt will be in the video? Nice.

  10. I love that first place. I got goosebumps!

  11. Julie;
    Didn't it feel like what it's like to wander those old abandoned places? I'm hoping on the way to Tucson we can hit some that back way that Vin-Man takes. He said he's seen some abandoned ones along there.

  12. Great!
    have you ever heard about Allan Kardec? I think you should read some of his works.

  13. Hey PenDRaGon;
    Thanks. Isn't he like the grandfather of spiritualism? I will definitely do my research in that realm. Glad you like it here. You can find a lot on the tabs above and a lot in the search bar on the right. Of course, I am ever accessible, as the other readers would tell you. I'm rather interactive. Y'all are my think tank.

  14. I have yet to find a place like this to discover, but I want to. :)

  15. Damn, L.I.I;
    In your state, there should be a zillion places like that. You just need it to thaw out. It does that, what, around June??? Hee hee

  16. Cool videos and a nice explanation of urbex! You're right that urban exploration can take place pretty much anywhere, despite the "holy grails" of asylums, silos and catacombs etc. That's probably one of the best things about it, and the fact that such places take on a whole different atmosphere in abandonment makes them an appealing subject to photographers - and sometimes even architects!


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