Continuing on our journey from yesterday we are slowly trying to make our way up to the bell tower.
|I want to go to there.|
We don't know how to get there but we can see it. I will not be bested by a tree house!
Oh look a kitty...!!
In a sitting area with nice carpet floors. So relaxing and...
OMIGOD IT'S A FUCKING WOOD BURNING STOVE!!! The art is a nice homey touch but won't help when you're BURNING ALIVE IN A HOUSE MADE OF FIREWOOD!!!!
In a closet room next to the little "living room" is the other kitty. He looks pissed but I find this scene infinitely awesome.
And a matching doggie. But this one's alive. I think... He was pointing the way up to this:
Just a normal bathtub on a deck about 7 stories up. A bathtub painted with an OCTOPUSSY!! I'm not sure how it got there but I bet it was the exact same way the pyramids were built.... SCIENTOLOGISTS!!! Don't tell Horace because I bet it would really cramp his Jesus style.
But look we're so close now!!
Ok just a few more steps up this narrow hallway of possible doom...
I don't even know if I'm looking up or down but I still smell that damn camp fire and it makes me nervous...
|Black and white is artsy fartsy|
??? but I like it and it's real high so I know I'm closer to jeezus.
Ta daaahh!! We made it! Up in the bell tower it's breezy (you can tell because the whole thing sways like it's rocking you to sleep) and peaceful because you can't hear the redneck kids yelling way down below. It really did feel like a secret tree house now. And in the last few stairwells and specifically in the tower itself much of the graffiti was memorializing lost friends and loved ones. Much nicer than the "Ashley sux dix" variety in the chapel area.
But what's this...??
Just the best landscaping you've ever seen. I think that's an American flag that some volunteers are helping to maintain. I'm putting one in the ModSauce ranch immediately.
You could then climb a tiny ladder to ring the bell but I think everyone was motion sick from the swaying and wanted to get down immediately...
So now what...??
TO THE BASEMENT!!!
There were a few floors below the chapel on the ground where the materials were housed until future use.
|B&W for artsy basement contemplation...|
I squee hard for abandoned furniture and things...
And so we move to the backyard...
|5 story lawn chair swing|
I didn't get a chance to ride because the hippies were being stingy and it also looked like a chair of death. And that's saying a lot considering I just survived a 10 story fire hazard.
Nothing makes Jesus happier than graffiti in a doorway that opens onto a 3 story drop straight to the ground. But it's easy to make fun of all this until you look at those balconies and remember that every single piece of wood in this 10,000+ square foot place was specifically placed by hand in each position for a reason known solely to the builder. It all feels rather awesomely insane.