The Seaside Calls

One girl's mission to escape monotony

Stone Church Ruins | Eleroy, Illinois

The Old Eleroy Stone Church

You know the best thing about road trips? Besides snacking on beef jerky and slurpees? Finding weird things on the side of the road. Especially abandoned things. If it looks like it’s been forgotten by society, I’m in love. This was one of those discoveries that was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

We were driving from Galena, IL back to my aunt’s home in Chicago, when I noticed this stone church¬†without a roof, and very clear signs of fire damage. Obviously I made my aunt pull over, and I went in to explore. The caution tape did not deter me… in fact, it made my rebellious side come out. I wouldn’t say I break the law often, but I’ve definitely done my fair share of trespassing. I think most photographers have a tendency to do things like that, but it’s totally fine because it’s all in the name of art ūüėČ


After doing¬†a little research, I found out that this building actually hadn’t served as a church for a couple decades, and had recently been utilized as¬†an antique shop. The owner lived inside, so unfortunately he lost both his shop and his home… and possibly his cat, from what the locals¬†were saying on Facebook. The fire had taken place a few weeks before I stumbled upon it.

I tried to go in, but I didn’t get far. From wall to wall, the building was completely full of fallen beams, chairs, and other debris.

The stained glass windows had fallen out and were still laying in small fragments on the ground below. The strong scent of fire still lingered in the air.

I don’t know what is to become of this building, or how long it will sit there in this condition, but getting to explore it in its abandoned splendor was exactly the kind of thing¬†I live for.


The Plane Wreck | Vik, Iceland

Day 5 in Iceland

Finding the Wreck

When I decided to go to Iceland, this was the part I was looking forward to most! There is a US Naval plane that crashed on an Icelandic beach near Vik in the 1970‚Ä≤s, and it is now an abandoned wreck. It is really hard to find, and most people don’t even know it’s there. We tried asking a few passersby for directions, and no one knew what we were talking about. A couple hours after we started looking, however, we finally found it.

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That's M√Ĺrdalsj√∂kull again in the background.
That’s M√Ĺrdalsj√∂kull again in the background.

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No one was harmed when the plane made its crash landing onto the beach, but it has remained on the shore where it landed for almost 50 years.

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I managed to get into the cockpit, but in order to do so I had to cross these very unstable metal beams. Not an easy task.
I managed to get into the cockpit, but in order to do so I had to cross these very unstable metal beams. Not an easy task.

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What? Everyone else was doing it.
What? Everyone else was doing it.