Friday, January 6, 2012
Abandonment Issues: Trifecta
The Trifecta: A three way highway intersection with an abandonment on every corner.
On a pair of days in June of 2011, we happened upon the abandonments that make up the Trifecta, in spurts. On the way north, we spotted the collapsing Marine Services / Poultry Farm building, and explored it. Within minutes though, the sky had opened up and heavy rainfall chased us back to the car. We pulled out and turned the corner, only to notice the large GOLF sign on a small structure in an overgrown field that was once a driving range, on the opposite side of the road. We immediately concluded that we would stop there on the way back, the following day. As we turned the corner though, only a half second earlier, I was sure I saw what was a possible abandoned house, deep in the woods, beyond a mass of thick foliage. I didn't say a word about it to Ninja, figured it would be a nice surprise on the way home, if I actually did see what I thought I had.
The next day, upon returning to said intersection in Lakefield, Ontario, my suspicion was confirmed, and we explored both the driving range, and the beautiful old home. The trifecta was completed.
1. Trifecta House
The Trifecta House, while void of any personal possessions belonging to previous inhabitants, definitely lived up to the hype I had built up in my mind. Set far back from the road, it is next to impossible to see. I'm not sure how I even spotted it the day before. The term overgrown drastically understates the condition of the property. Our feet had to fight through tight vines and a carpet of lily plants and sumacs, approaching from the rear of the house. The NO TRESPASSING signs were merely a suggestion, obviously. Interesting features included gorgeous architecture, hardwood flooring, peeling paint and wallpaper, and the children's bedrooms with cartoon wallpaper and a secret entryway through the closet. Also quite fascinating, was the juxtaposition between rooms that were in a state of decay, next to rooms that appeared to be in pristine condition.
You can't handle the truth
Happily never after
If my mother wasn't so religious, I wouldn't be in this mess
Violins never solved anything
Atention to detale
Say Yo To Thugs
I feel apathetic...Oh well
I don't give a shit
Rome wasn't built in a day, neither was the World Trade, but destruction is a coming of age
Bugs Bunny & Friends
I take it apart, play with the parts, never assemble again
Keepin' it reel
An ode to couch surfers
One foot in front of the other
Can't see the forest for the trees
When one door closes, a window is completely removed
2. Trifecta Golf
The Lakefield Golf Driving Range, once active daily with golfers practicing their swing and competing for distance, was merely an overgrown field. Two foot tall blades of grass swayed to and fro as far as the eye could see. There was no ball boy whizzing around in a protective cart collecting balls, and no shouts of "Four!" bellowing through the air. The silence was remarkably deafening. I recall taking out some anger on a few buckets of balls here in the late nineties with an old friend, that I have since lost touch with. On this day though, I didn't have to pay for a bucket of balls. To my immense pleasure, I found a club and a few balls in the grass. I can assure you that it is infinitely harder to get any distance on your shot under these circumstances.
On the green
The Toronto Sun - Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Hole in one
Trifecta Golf Driving Range
3. Trifecta Marine Services / Poultry Farm
This place begs one to ask not what came first, the chicken or the egg, but rather what came first, the poultry farm or the marine services?
As of this moment, I don't have a valid answer for either of those questions. The wooden structure with aluminum siding that once housed Consignment Sales & Marine Services, as well as The Kawartha Lakes Poultry Farm, is in a state of collapse. Nature is slowly but surely reclaiming its rightful ownership of the space. Trees, grass, weeds and mosses are all thriving inside, thanks greatly to the partially collapsed roof. Remnants remain from both of the businesses that once inhabited the building, including signs, egg trays, and a few boats.
I can't find the right words
Kawartha Lakes Poultry Farms
I never finish what I star
Ev e ryth in g f a ll s a p a rt
Shut your mouth
Don't count your eggs before they hatch
Consignment Sales & Marine Services
I'm on a boat
No lifeguard on duty
Thank you for taking the time to check out the Trifecta intersection with us. I hope that you enjoyed your visit, we definitely enjoyed having you tag along. In between these two Trifecta visits, we stopped in again at the Apsley Fire House, (among several other houses) where we discovered that many of the possessions present during my first visit, had been packed up and moved out. Hope to see you again at the next spot.
And remember friends, life is what you make it.
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