Lost Dreams

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.

WIRR 2010 May5

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:

WIRR 2010 May5 Supplemental 2

And in case I haven’t driven home the theme already, here’s a shot of a local resident in front of the house:

WIRR 2010 May5 Supplemental 1