|You can barely make her out in the distance,
but that's Dani standing between the entrance of the fourth and fifth tunnels
from the left.
Much further back, right next to the hospital, is the other end of the tunnel (the part I noticed originally). We thought it would be easiest to start downstream.
|The ceiling was really high in this section. Oddly enough, it was a little higher just inside (i.e., upstream) than at the downstream end where we entered.|
|Up ahead is the opposite group of tunnels. However, the ledge behind me is about 5' and covered with green slime... not the easiest place to climb.|
|This is looking back at the spot where
we came out. I'm getting a GPS reading right here; it's a little
over half a mile from here to where we entered from.
Since we couldn't scale the ledge, we doubled back.
|This tree became lodged in one of the tunnels. Note that it had an almost intact root system. This indicated to us that the upstream entrance was somewhere in the open rather than simply a narrow tunnel at the bottom of some drains.|
|To the far left (out of frame) is the
aforementioned short stretch of tunnel we just skipped.
The two tunnels that Dani is heading for are where we entered.
|Although it started off as the pair of square tunnels shown above, within maybe 500 feet the architecture changed to the arched designed typical of the best Dallas systems (e.g., The Mouth, parts of Three-Way, The Drop-Off, and the second tunnel of the Rat Race).|
|This was a side tunnel that was completely
sealed up with large stones and mortar.
While this was the largest example, many other smaller tunnels were similarly covered over throughout this place.
|Continue to Part II|