BACK AT THE TRAILER PARK
|One of the remaining trailers at Rolling Home Trailer Courts.
I recently made my second trip to the Rolling Home Trailer Courts south of downtown San Antonio.
They’ve made some progress in the month since my last visit but I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked shooting photos. I had the place to myself and had all the time in the world, but ironically, that was the problem.
I had the place to myself.
It’s kind of funny how I pick and choose the things I’m brave about. I will never set foot in a cave. The thought of hang gliding/parasailing/parachuting paralyzes me. If I even dare to watch a horror movie, I’ll watch most of it peeking between my fingers because my hands are covering my face.
So many of my friends are amazed that I would venture into an abandoned trailer park. Alone.
The last time I was there, the couple overseeing the sale of the property was with me. I felt completely safe. I did make a mental note that the next time I visited, I’d bring along my monopod just in case any stray dogs showed up. At least I’d have something to defend myself with.
All things considered, I didn’t feel I needed an escort for my second visit. I had permission to be there and I thought the foreman overseeing the cleanup would be on site.
But the foreman wasn’t there and I didn’t want to lose good light so I started shooting. I was in my zone and really enjoying myself when I heard a noise. In one of the supposedly abandoned trailers. Not a little critter kind of noise. More like “I’m in here and I want you to know it” kind of noise.
|The trailer where I heard "the noise."
Much to my credit, I didn’t run away screaming, even though my heart was beating a mile a minute. I backed away from the trailer and starting shooting in other areas of the park. My senses were now on hyperdrive and I made sure I was completely aware of my surroundings.
But it was never the same after that. I had the definite feeling I was being watched. Not in a malicious kind of way, but all the same, it was creeping me out.
I made sure I stayed within sight of Roosevelt Avenue and didn’t go to the back of the property so I know I missed out on some good shots.
I was so focused on my surroundings I couldn’t really concentrate on my photography, so I shot less than half the photos I took on my first trip.
And that monopod for protection? Yup, I forgot that.
Rule No. 1 for Visit No. 3 – make a checklist.
|I found a knife...
|...and a spoon, but no fork.
|A few items, including a "Notice to Quit and Vacate," remain hanging in what was once the park office.
|I didn't read the calendar entries until I uploaded my photos, and when I read the notes for Dec. 22,
they made me smile and teary at the same time: "JAY HITS LOTTO! NEVER TO BE SEEN
AGAIN...HAS BEEN SPOTTED IN CANCUN SOMEWHERE."