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Abandoned retreat

Running alongside Highway 33 in Ventura, Calif., and up through Ojai, is the Ventura Bike Trail. And on the side of the Ventura Bike Trail are numerous less-traveled paths and run-offs; most of which are filled with trash, left-behinds, and yesteryears. One path, however, lead to this secluded getaway fit for a king - a homeless king, that is. Shaded enough to be shielded from the hot sun, yet open enough to receive rays of scattered light and a cool breeze, this spacious forested shack looked appealing even to me after a long bike ride. Just weeks after this photograph was taken, the building was demolished; the car seat and matress left behind to soak up the coming rains.