Friday, March 21, 2014

Abandonment: Trefoil Boy Scout Camp - Cuddy Valley, California

Home Love - Cuddy Valley, California
I took my family for a drive through the mountains of southwestern Kern County in California. Out in the middle of nowhere we stumbled across an old abandoned kids camp.

I didn't know anything about this place when I arrived. I still don't, really, although I've since learned that this was the "historic" Trefoil Boy Scout Camp. I'm not exactly sure what is historic about it (other than it has been there since at least the 1920's). At some point it apparently became a YMCA camp. I have no idea when it closed, although it doesn't appear to have been more than a couple decades ago.
Old Oven - Cuddy Valley, California
The camp has a number of buildings in different states of disrepair. There's a dining hall, some cabins, a recreation room, a house, a bathhouse, and a large pool with some associated structures. It was easy to imagine what the camp must have been like when it was open.

There were two photographers doing a photo shoot with a model while I was there. They both had Pentax 645D medium-format digital cameras. All I had was my Nokia Lumia 1020. Interestingly, the 645D and the Lumia 1020 have the same number of megapixels. Aside from interchangeable lens, the only real advantage of their cameras over mine is dynamic range. They paid probably 70 times more for their camera than I did for mine, not included whatever they spent on lenses. The 645D is in no way 70 times better than Lumia 1020. It isn't even seven times better (although there is no doubt that the 645D is better than the Lumia 1020). The lesson: often expensive cameras, while certainly good, are not a good value.
Forgotten Table - Cuddy Valley, California
Forgotten Folding Chair - Cuddy Valley, California
Tumbledown Door - Cuddy Valley, California
Crumbling Commode - Cuddy Valley, California
Neglected Cabin - Cuddy Valley, California
Fleeting Glimpse - Cuddy Valley, California
Stack of Mattresses - Cuddy Valley, California
Colorful Forgotten - Cuddy Valley, California
Face In The Fireplace - Cuddy Valley, California
Unkept Pool - Cuddy Valley, California
Broken Toilets - Cuddy Valley, California
Abandoned Interior View - Cuddy Valley, California
Old Pool Debris - Cuddy Valley, California
Shallow End of The Abandoned Pool - Cuddy Valley, California
Wooded Window - Cuddy Valley, California
Trefoil Drive - Cuddy Valley, California

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