“King of the Hill?”

“King of the Hill?”

“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
― Jodi Picoult

I spotted this house on the hill while travelling the highway between San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, the official name of this state in Mexico which encompasses all of the Baja Peninsula.

Virtually, in the middle of nowhere, stood a solitary house, atop a low hill. It seemed very out of place, so I stopped to make a photo, only to realize, when I zoomed in on it,  that the ‘house’ was in fact, just a shell. I do expect that getting water to this house may also prove a challenge, being at the top of a hill, in the desert.

I noticed that the windows were missing and there was a wooden ladder leading to the second floor. I don’t know the story but it certainly begs asking. Was the house not completed, did recent hurricanes destroy the house and the owner could not afford to restore it (a common situation in the region)? These shells are also a popular roost for squatters, which we experienced even in downtown Cabo San Lucas, where someone has claimed a section on abandoned tuna cannery as their home. Prime real estate.

This house appears even stranger when you look closer and notice that there is a fence surrounding the property, protecting it from possible intrusion.

So, it was either someone’s hilltop kingdom at some point or a dream that was never realized. In any case, it does have a nice view of the ocean, half a kilometer away, on the other side of the highway.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 90 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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15 Comments on ““King of the Hill?”

  1. i love imagining stories that go with things you see like that! i just saw “Logan” and there’s house, a little bit like this one, that had an amazing story behind it. in that case the filmmakers filled in the blanks, but i love to fill in the blanks myself! great post, good quote, too. 🙂

  2. I was told once, that many houses in Mx are never fully completed to avoid a tax increase. This house seems more incomplete than usual, though; nice shot.

  3. Once again, I really enjoyed the quote.
    Frankly, I’m with Picoult.
    Or as Samuel Clemens put it:
    “The more I know of people, the more I like dogs.”

    Seek peace,


  4. Not sure I agree completely with quote! Silence, solitude is golden and I love being around (most) people!

    Interesting photo!!

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