|Here we are just inside the entrance to
Since the canoe was only a two-seater, Ben had to bring along a milk crate to sit on. This also came in handy in toting all our gear.
|Because the tunnel was so large, most
of the shots we took didn't come out very well. However, the water
in the tunnel was full of debris, including many sports balls.
This volleyball was in great condition, so we took it home with us (we also found a great soccer ball later; I guess it helps that the stream leading up to here runs right along the side of a park).
We were pretty worried. Ben was in the middle of the boat, and I was steering from the back. He leaned to me and whispered, "If it's workers who are supposed to be down here, I don't want to run into them. If it's anyone else who isn't supposed to be down here, I really don't want to run into them."
We waited around for a while more, then
said, you know what, this is too scary. I would liked to have gone
on, but I had to admit that it wasn't worth getting killed over.
I rationalized it that we could always return later. Also, I had
the pepper spray in the urbex kit, though, alas, not with us on the boat!
We doubled back and headed out.
|Back at the entrance.|
|I think this might make a good xmas card or something.|
|If you look in the background, there's
a couple of teenagers just to the right of the canoe at the entrance to
They were so intent on their quiet little lover's quarrel that they didn't really pay much attention to us. I guess people emerge from tunnels in canoes all the time around here!
|The yellow thing in the picture is one
of the regular flashlights that Dani had cleverly tied to the front of
Although the dimensions of the tunnel are lost in the darkness, you can at least see a lot of the debris on the surface of the water.
Mostly this was just bottles and lots of styrofoam, but there were also pieces of lumber and tree branches that made navigating somewhat difficult.
|At last, the end of the line!
As always, it is somewhat difficult to make out in this image (even with the 2M spotlight on), but ceiling curves downward to create a dead end.
I figure this is that it is exactly the same configuration as the end of The Drop-Off we spotted on the Trinity on Saturday, only this time the water was much higher relative to the tunnel. Presumably, beneath all this was a sizable drop-off before continuing on as another, lower section of the tunnel.
This continues to vex me and creep me out the more I think about it!
|Additional details about this trip can be found in a more lengthy write-up posted on my Journal page. Jump right to the account of this expedition here.|
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