To be honest, one of the main reasons I wanted to drive up to Ojai at all was to visit the abandoned oil refinery that I knew was just off the highway on the way there.
When I got to it, I could hear machines grinding. I saw clearly operational vehicles parked there. I witnessed the yellow caution tape. But despite it not appearing quite as abandoned as I wanted it to be, I decided to saunter around anyway.
That's why it was no surprise when I got caught and asked to leave.
Small point-and-shoot camera in hand, and not a spray paint can in sight, I was relatively harmless. Still, I made the best of the time I was given, and then high-tailed it out of there.
Here's the bulk of what I got in those last five minutes:
Photo Essay: Ventura Oil Refinery, Abandoned - Part 1
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