Re Visiting Survivor Dork

What can I say, when I get bored I get silly.  The first video I made while I was locked out of my old place and just chilling in the VW Bus. The second I was on a camping trip with just Dakota and decided to make another one to entertain my self.  I do think its time for another one just not sure when or what that one will be. But till then if you want a laugh watch these!

The Search For Knapp’s Castle

The Search For Knapp’s Castle

In the mountains behind Santa Barbra off highway 154, there is a small mountain road that will lead you to a magical place called Knapp’s Castle. Here is some info on Knapp’s Castle.

Knapp’s Castle is a privately-owned landmark ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara, California. Located near East Camino Cielo in the Los Padres National Forest, the ridge-top site has a panoramic view of Lake Cachuma and the Santa Ynez Valley. It is a popular destination for hikers and photographers.

George Owen Knapp, founder of Union Carbide, built Knapp’s Castle shortly after purchasing the 160-acre (0.65 km2) parcel in 1916. In 1940, Frances Holden bought the property and invited her friend, world-famous opera singer Lotte Lehmann, to move in. The mansion was destroyed by a forest fire only five weeks later, and now only the massive sandstone foundations, fireplace pillars and walls of the original seven structures remain intact. The parcel is still privately owned but open to the public.

In January 2011, the site was undergoing new construction by the property owner, with a stone amphitheatre-style addition, some reinforcements, and other work. The county ordered a stop to the construction due to a lack of permits, but the construction equipment remains on site.[1]

 

On the way to find Knapp’s Castle, I had passed it. I kept going to the top of the mountain and on the way, I came across what I could only assume is a hella pad. It was covered in graffiti and had the best views. I have some photos of the whole adventure posted below.

 

Haunting Stories of SLO County: Sunny Acres juvenile hall

I heard about this place when I moved to SLO. It was a creepy story for some old building people would tell stories about. After living here for about a year and word of the building being torn down or revamped I had to hike up and take a look for myself. Here are some of my photos of this creepy building and some info I found about its history!

A former juvenile hall, known for cramming too many children into its dungeon-like cells, it was shut down in 1974. Now screams have been heard from inside along with the sounds of children laughing, doors being slammed, footsteps, etc. It is called “Hell’s Acres”.

located to the left of San Luis Obispo County’s Probation Department, surrounded by empty fields, lies Sunny Acres or known locally as Hells Acres. Off of Johnson, Sunny Acres opened on April 16th, 1931 as a home for orphans and other children who were wards of the government. Children waiting for transfer to foster homes or in trouble with the law were also sent there. It eventually became a juvenile hall and a youth detention facility.

As time went on, the facility grew worse and obtained a poor reputation. Some judges in the area would only send children there if there was absolutely no other alternative. Steel cells were installed for the truly problematic children. And, in 1959, seven of the children confined within actually performed an escape attempt, taking the woman on duty to watch them hostage, tying her up, and stealing her car. They were captured before they were able to escape into Mexico. After this security was increased. Conditions afterward grew so bad that when a local paper did an article on the facility, they used models in the pictures instead of actual inmates. Funding was low, resources lacking, equipment old and dated, and rumor has it that the facility was overcrowded. What had started out as a facility to house poor orphans and children needing new homes had become a jail complete with steel dungeon-like cells holding only the worst children with nowhere else to go.

New facilities eventually opened in 1974 and Sunny Acres officially finally closed. It has sat vacant and abandoned ever since. Since then it has been the target of vandals, graffiti artists, trespassers and worse. During the eighties, police reported that they often ended up Sunny Acres twice a week, to stop local youth from drinking and doing drugs within the structure. Police even reported finding an altar that had been used to burn animals. A fire even broke out in the abandoned structure on November 24th, 1989. Supposedly satanic drawings were discovered on the walls as were candles.

No Trespassing
And, of course, when a structure with such an interesting history is left abandoned for so long, it eventually gets a history of being haunted. Not surprisingly there are the stories of hearing phantom children laughing (and even more creepy, children whispering), echoing footsteps where no one is walking, piercing screams, doors slamming suddenly on their own (which is a feat considering many are made of steel), and other ghostly activity. A crying baby has also been heard, despite the structure having only supposed to have housed children ages 10 to 17. Another lost boy pounds on the door to his cell trying to get out. There have been multiple reports of a flickering candle or some other light source being seen in one of the upstairs windows.

Today the asbestos filled structure is completely surrounded by a fence and has multiple “No Trespassing” signs and marks. The closest place to park is the Probation Department a field away. Sunny (or Hells) Acres is in clear view of it. Fields surround the front and back of the structure too, as if, the outside world is afraid to encroach upon the structure. I even ran across a deer trapped in the fenced in grounds behind the building, trying to locate the one way out. The building was renamed in late 2014 to Bishop Street Studios. It is supposed to one day be fixed up and renovated into housing for people with mental illness, which if it’s haunting seems scarily fitting. Despite there currently being plans to renovate as of late 2016, nothing has happened.

Somehow it feels like the building continues to find ways to avoid being destroyed or fixed up.