|You can get a sense of how large this
main hall was from this picture.
Just across from where we came from was a small tunnel in the wall...
|...through which Turtle and I squeezed (it was about 20' or so in length) and checked out where it led...|
|...since it opened out into a manhole...
which opened up into a field on the edge of downtown.
No, I have never felt like Bugs Bunny. Why do you ask?
Of course, since we had more tunnels left to explore below ground, we climbed back and continued where we left off.
|At the end of the big hall was a round
culvert, but that soon opened back out into yet another section of the
At the end of it was another series of the walls...
|...but this time we were determined to
I know I pulled a few muscles doing this, but Turtle and I climbed over the sheer walls (I think these were only ~8') and looked around on the other side.
|It turned out to be pretty weird, just
a huge series of rooms interconnected only by a few holes in the walls.
It was like the world's largest, creepiest racquet ball courts.
There was no entrance for water except through another large grate above (like the one shown earlier), and the water could only exit though a small metal hatch at the base of one of the walls.
|With no running water, there was nothing
but a huge echo throughout that reminded me of the atmospheric '80s horror
flick "The Keep."
Even stranger was the fact that we ran across footprints in this very out-of-the-way place. They weren't completely fresh, but they didn't look too old either.
We eventually made our way back to the
smaller pipe to the manhole and climbed out so as to take the less muddy
and more direct course back to our starting point, which was about a mile
away according to the GPS.
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