Watching the sun come up from an abandoned house out in the Mojave Desert might not be everyone’s idea of a good time but I’m not like everyone else.

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I was headed out on yet another full day of exploration through the Mojave Desert and one of my first stops was an abandoned house in Rosamond, CA.

I had timed my arrival to occur right as the sun was rising and I made it just in the nick of time.

I had timed my arrival to occur right as the sun was rising and I made it just in the nick of time. I’m generally not a morning person but watching the sun come up in the desert has always been one of my favorite ways to start the day.

People often ask me why I like to explore abandoned places.

This particular house is fairly out in the open. It’s clearly visible from highway 14 and several neighbors can easily see it from their own properties. One thing about desert places like this is you never know how the neighbors are going to react if they see you and you’re never really sure of what you might find once you get there. I actually almost aborted this particular mission when I saw a couple of cars parked in the closest neighbors driveway.

I quickly changed my mind and decided that aborting my first stop wouldn't be a good way to start my trip. So I flipped a bitch and headed up the long dirt driveway past the radio tower that fronted the property.

However, I quickly changed my mind and decided that aborting my first stop of the day wouldn’t be a good way to start my trip. So I flipped a bitch and headed up the long dirt driveway and past the radio tower that fronted the property.

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It didn’t look like anyone had been there for awhile…

Like most abandoned places, the house had long been stripped, tagged and vandalized.

…and like most abandoned places, this house had already been stripped, tagged and vandalized.

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Apparently, patriotic Mormons love abandoned houses too.

Hmmm, I wonder if the shed in back is a meth house?

Hmmm, I wonder if the shed out back is a meth house?

Nope, it's just another

Nope, just another another reminder of someone’s shattered dreams.

Well at least the sunrise was nice.

Well at least the sunrise was nice.