Elijah is an Amazon best-selling author, blogger, previous columnist for an award-winning blog, past creative editor, socialite & traveler.
It was a hot day in July when my friend and I decided we'd visit the Hudson River Hospital, however, the growing presence of construction vehicles and people worried us. We hatched a plan to get in safely, but this would be a difficult feat due to the fact that I had my very first car, and a car at an abandoned place would seem suspicious. It had been easy to explore during the breakout of the pandemic in the end of March, 2020. Everything was closed, there were no construction teams, and everyone seemingly locked themselves inside and the police had no intention of busting urban explorers.
The first time I explored was a week after the lockdown began, there wasn't a soul on the roads to the asylum, and the nursing home we parked at had no intention of confronting us asking to move our vehicle. We stayed at a little motel down the road and spent hours exploring, photographing, and picking up cool things along the way. It was an exploration that I'll never forget, and perhaps one of my favorites.
I later returned with two friends to explore once again, this time it was rainy and foggy- the perfect aesthetic for exploring a creepy asylum! We even explored a church on the asylum grounds. Then, unfortunately, I got Lyme Disease a couple weeks later and was house-bound for a month while on heavy duty antibiotics. I couldn't revisit the asylum for quite some time, until this past summer.
My friend and I parked downtown, and got an Uber to the catholic church RIGHT next to the asylum.. and I mean right next to. It's a two minute walk. We first cut through the woods near the nursing home that I had parked next to a year prior. Upon entering the woods, we ran into a couple of coyotes (so cute!) and a deer. Upon closer look it appeared that the deer had chronic wasting syndrome (zombie deer disease). It was definitely unsettling, but I will post photos!
After, getting some photographs of the buildings on the outskirts of the asylum, we explored the other side of the property by the church. While walking an unexplainable feeling of dread overcame us and we knew it was time to head back. Perhaps this feeling was something paranormal? Possibly a warning from the spirit world? Or maybe it was anxiety of getting caught? Whatever it was, the feeling of impending doom was so overwhelming that we had to turn back, and fast!
I revisited the property two or three times over the past few months following the July trip, and there is quite a lot of construction. I've managed to get a lot of photos and some video clips, but have not been able to successfully get into the asylum. Are there future trips in the works? Absolutely! But probably in the dead of winter when construction presence declines and when the weather and temperature deters police from wanting to investigate the property for potential explorers.
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