Trip to Taiban

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We mainly shared the open road with semis.

We mainly shared the open road with semis.

Thanks to a four-day weekend off from school, my friend Aidan and I were able to take a trip out to the ghost town of Taiban, New Mexico.

The town is home to a few houses, and the only functioning building there is the post office. For a more detailed history, I’d suggest this blog post.

Our plan was to leave at about 1:30 PM, so we could arrive at our campsite by lake Sumner. and then make it out to Taiban before sundown. The drive was about 3 hours from Albuquerque to Taiban, and we arrived at just around 5 p.m. This gave us ample time to explore before we got to the main reason we drove out, the abandoned Presbyterian church.

One of the few remaining buildings, this one didn't have much inside.

One of the few remaining buildings, this one didn’t have much inside.

The trailer homes were in huge disrepair, smelled awful, and were filled with soda cans.

The abandoned trailer homes were in huge disrepair, smelled awful, and were filled with soda cans and various other trash.

Another trailer home, which appeared to be partially burnt down.

Another trailer home, which appeared to be partially burnt down.

When exploring abandoned places such as these, it’s always interesting to see what you can find in terms of when it was left. In this case, we found the perfect evidence.

According to this calendar, the bando hadn't been lived in since 1990.

According to this calendar, the bando hadn’t been lived in since 1990.

As we could tell that it was getting dark, we wanted to get over to the church before the sunset went away.

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The abandoned Presbyterian church, in Taiban, NM.

We arrived at the peak of golden hour. The church was in surprisingly good condition for being abandoned since 1936.

The interior of the church. no windows, no benches, completely bare.

The interior of the church. no windows, no benches, completely bare.

On the walls, people have written prayers and… other things.

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After finishing up some stuff inside, we (im)patiently waited for sunset.

The last rays of sunset.

The last rays of sunset.

With the sun down and the moon not to come up for another 2 hours, we set up for some long exposures.

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After finding the sweet spot for exposure, 10 min, wide open at 400 ISO, we had some free time to mess around with an extra camera body.

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While we were messing around, we were able to capture shots like this,

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as well as this, my favorite one.

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Overall, the trip was wildly successful, and a blast to go on.

Stay tuned for some photos from the rest of the trip.

 

 

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