My mom's backyard. A little jungle in miniature.
Three birds that look kind of like Turkey Vultures but have solid black heads instead of the "red + bald" head.
This arch is all that remains of the junior high I attended.
The road to the park. I think this is still called Main Street, but not sure.
Sarah stretching pre-hike.
Tennis Court. Decidedly off-season.
One of many park benches on the road to ruin.
Nature trying to find away, by growing up near, and then through, a chain-link fence.
Last shot of the court, this one showing off, also, the missing net and the East side of the park.
This bench, across the road from the old playground, is more solid than most of its kin.
Slightly abused and leaning one-way sign.
Wooden bench very near the opening to the park. New (less than five years?) but already a little warped.
From the previous bench, this looks back at the entrance. To the right is a small parking lot that few people use.
A 'cross-the-lake shot including the cabin. One of my later shots will be across the bit to the right.
Double tree with one half fallen over unto the fence.
Mushroom, coming up to see the icky weather.
Fire hydrant. Apparently not working since all its valves are full on.
Lichen and moss at the base of a tree with crazy roots.
Absolutely no clue what this bridge is for. It has a twin on the opposite side, but no walk path up to it, and no point to it besides a dug out gully underneath.
You know, I'm not sure what this building is, but it was pretty abandoned. It's in a lot right South of the park.
Random drain ditch.
Bridge with "abandoned" work building behind.
Almost every tree has vines growing on it.
Some young trees grow along a washed out section (the wash out apparently stopped by tree roots).
A case where the vines are almost as big as the tree's own branches.
Random unsafe looking electrical equipment.
What looks to be motorbike tracks with deer and rabbit tracks in the soft red clay.
A sign about the spot of the last picture, indicating not the pavilion (despite appearances) but the fact that there is a road leading to it nearby.
Appears to be a park bench that has completely succumbed to the elements. Not sure if this was its place, or if it was dumped here.
At the edge of the destroyed bench, little bits of life grow.
It just wouldn't be Evergreen Municipal Park without questionably safe electrical bits. No clue what the blue cloth is dangling.
"I don't smoke to get high, I smoke to STAY HIGH! 42010"
More of the same 4/20 graffiti.
"Stay high & stay Fly"
Something sizable jumped in the water right before this shot.
This time, the limited imagination graffiti artist goes after the leaning water fountain.
The Boldens. I'm wearing my baggy jeans. They look doubly baggy thanks to the perspective of the camera.
This root is kicking the sidewalk's ass right here.
One of about 3-4 baseball fields. Grass cut but otherwise out of season. Can see one of the many "watch-towers" in the background.
Closer to the previous dug-out. Not sure why there is a tire, here.
Right up at the dug out. Notice the vines on the fence and the plywood backing.
Walk-path, mostly covered in tiny clover, to the dug-out.
Another of the pea-green watch towers.
Same watch-tower, different angle.
Something about the bathroom being open and brackish water in the floor seems appropriate.
Crushed sardine can!
Storm clouds were gathering. Each few shots are darker than the last.
The back tree is vine covered, but the front tree looks like it was twisted as a sibling.
West side of the park. Not sure if the park extends into the trees or not (no markings saying it stops).
Either a speed bump nearly gone or a tree root that got patched over.
Another park bench, another state of decay.
Kind of a long shot of the South West corner of the park.
Looks like they tried to stop the hillside from washing away more (?). Couple of think planks apparently trimmed off and left to the elements.
Schedule from this summer's games. Some writing on the backside that I can't make out.
Smoke Free Zone.
Danger High Voltage sign strangely obscured by paint...which only partially covers the door itself.
Park bench, at the cusp of going over.
North West corner of park, looks like it gave way to either clear cutting or storm damage.
More North West corner.
Notice the large number of parking bumpers when, I assume, are meant to imply that there is no parking there. Irony on the level of Samuel Beckett.
One of the four people who also came to the park this day. None of the four said anything to us, even when we said "Hello".
In one of the areas surrounded by the parking bumpers is this tree, which appears to be the only thing not scrub grass that might account for the "no-parking" situation.
I assume this has a point.
Something has dug into one of the watch-towers.
Be nice and love one another. Notice how much newer the scoreboard in the back is compared to just about everything else.
Another take on the myriad watchtower designs. This one having "nostrils".
Notice the failed weather protected wheel-barrow, the black slime on the steps, and the fact that this "porch" goes nowhere.
Handicapped parking. In the middle of a grassy field some distance from the road. Apparently one of those "letter of the law" rather than "spirit of the law" things.
This batting cage is mostly new looking.
The North side of the park.
Either this is a "don't drive this way", or the worst parking spot known to man.
Weirdly Speckled Leaf. For some reason, just struck me as Lovecraftian...
Of all the oddities, this one was kind of high on the list: a mattress box springs with a post tied, with wire to it...
And it's only about 20 or so feet from the road.
Some of the red foliage was pretty despite the grey day.
The parking lot. Playground (center) and Cabin (right) are accessible from here. I don't remember their being an actual drive to this parking lot besides a kind of bumpy dirt track.
For some reason, a hundred feet of washed out sand required this sign.
Not easy to see here, but the fence seems to be burned.
The rest of the "no thru traffic" track.
Here's a drinking game for you: take a shot when this sign says "equine".
Another watch-tower, another layout.
The edge of the wooden playground. Kind of creep in the grey, but really has a lot of neat stuff to run on.
A lot of the front planks have names carved in them. Not sure why.
Both a warning and a caution, right?
One of two walls of hands.
Yay for green twisty tubes!
Near the playground. That's a crazy number of plugs.
One of the three towers that dominate one end of the playground.
Some sort of tire tunnel you climb down into the black muck below.
More playground shots, this one looking back to the West. That rope bridge thing seems to be missing a few pieces.
Pretend race car? UFO? Three sided boat? Flying Triangle?
Another shot across the center. Apparently there are four towers. Oops. Maybe even five.
Some crazy playground geometry.
Sarah swinging. No clue what the rectangle in the upper leftish bit is.
The joy of sliding down wet slides.
This is a crazy "stair" case that goes into a microscopic underlayer (that somehow I managed to wedge myself into).
From underneath, where even those small enough to fit are learning vandalism.
At this point, the underneath just becomes "the ground".
More vandals. Or well, same vandals, more paint.
A shot that shows how, an hour later, we are not all that far from the first few pictures.
Sarah going ahhh!
Front of the cabin, sans Sarah.
Not sure if this is a fully working fireplace or not.
Apparently somebody had a party in here recently...a little princess party.
View of the lake, and the rain, from the door of the cabin.
The north bit of the lake. A little more swampy than the rest.
This sign, kind of unique to right here as far as the lake goes, seems utterly pointless considering...
Raindrops falling into a random spot of wash-out.
This arrow is pointing towards what the front of the sign says ("Cabin") and is on the wrong side for a one-way road.
Where good X-Men toys go die...
A stump with a sapling growing (and dying) out of it, with a small tree growing up at the base of the sapling. Ian Malcolm would be proud.
Apparently that playground is called "EVERFUN".
The rain picks up as we leave.
The corner of Highway 31 and Main Street.
Coming into town, there is this bridge. Painted bright pink and called "The Pepto Bridge" (no idea what that's about).