The Rat Race... again (and again)
This is a gallery of two trips, although I only have one picture posted from the first of the two.  I had forgotten my camera in the car (?!?!), so we used Liz's for this trip (which was her first expedition!).  The rest of the pictures are from the next trip after that.

Ironically, even though the next trip was my fifth into this system (fourth into this tunnel though), Dani hadn't been in here with me yet!  Since I was taking my friend Kristi, I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to show off this one as well.

Here's a picture from the trip I look with Teresa and Liz.  I forgot my camera in the car, so we just took a few pics with Liz's camera ...although Teresa does this same pose in all of them!

The rest of the photos are from the next trip I took with Dani and Kristi.

Check out the blue crawfish!

As the summer months start to roll around, that's when you begin to see more and more wildlife.

This is one of the ladders that opens to a grate at the surface.  This shot looks a lot better if you take it without the flash (or with a low power one) because of the abundant natural light from above... assuming you go in the daytime, of course.

Someone else had been in these tunnels very recently. 

The print on the right is my bootprint.  The one on the left obviously was from sometime earlier. 

We continued to see these prints thoughtout the tunnel.  More about that later.

To the right in the background is the entrance to the much older part of the drainage system.  I happened to climb up on this stone staircase.  We have no idea why it was here or where it led since the ceiling is completely solid.

Into the main tunnel. 

There's actually a really deep hole in this spot, and the water is already at least six inches deep at its lowest along this stretch.  So be careful!

This is one of the coolest formations in this tunnel.  No still image is adequate to convery the intricacies of this piece.  You really need to see it up close and to be able to move around it to see all the layers.

Incidentally, the black stuff is tar that apparently poured through somehow.  It's completely solid and is only shiney in appearance because of the water running over it.

This is one of my famorite stretches of this tunnel.  The walls are all brick, but there are formations along the entire length of the place.

This is a broken hand rung from a manhole entrance.  It is actually encrusted into the floor here as is the strip of plastic that passes in front of my foot.

I have no idea what the orange goop is, but there is a fungus that looks a lot like this that forms in many of these tunnels.

Continue to Part II