It had been a while since I’ve been out on my own to explore, but an unexpected visit from an out-of-town friend prompted me to show some southern hospitality. We toured a few common spots which proved to be quite depressing. Many locations had been freshly boarded-up, repurposed by new owners, or demolished completely. Of about 6 sites we visited or tried to visit, only 1 was available for us to photograph. Even that location had its share of disappointment, with most of the artifacts and equipment removed since my last visit in 2011. On the plus side, I had a new camera and lens, some fresh graffiti, and an urge to make the most of a poor situation.