I’ve floated the Gunnison River from Escalante to Bridgport twice now, and both times we stopped at a house alongside the river. This thing is a monster- simply an enormous two-story mansion, with a wide flat “yard” in front of it.
And clearly, completely abandoned.
This year we talked to some BLM Volunteers and they told us the story. The house was owned by a local politician. He built the huge house, and planted a huge crop of watermelons. In his first year, he tried to float the melons downriver to market, but the raft broke apart, and the melons floated away- a complete loss. He then lost the next election, left, and never returned.
Technical Data: Canon 7D; EF-S 17-85mm f/4-.5-5.6 USM; f/6.3 at 1/40; ISO 200; Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Another shot of the house:
And in case I haven’t driven home the theme already, here’s a shot of a local resident in front of the house: