Three-Way Tunnel, 2nd
expedition, part 2
Continuing where we left off....
||Eventually the pair of parallel tunnels
merged into this larger one.
Above me is a small grate that showed that
the surface was only a few inches above the ceiling in this area.
There were also a number of small (~2')
side tunnels that led up to curbside drains. Unfortunately, they
were about 5' from the floor, but Ben was able to get to one and peer out
on his previous visit to this area.
||Suddenly, the arched tunnels came to an
end and split into a pair of smaller rectangular tunnels at the top of
||Fortunately, both sides were accessible
through these little openings spaced along this section so we never felt
like we were missing anything.
||Things started getting kind of weird along
here. The sides raised up and formed a "V" to channel the water.
This left a small ledge that we crept along until it opened out again as
a regular tunnel.
||We reached this humorous piece of artwork
in the area where the parallel tunnels rejoined...
||...and right across from the camel was
another large side tunnel.
Just after this the main tunnel reverted
to the familar archway design.
||Here is one of the places where the tunnels
I like the little "island" in the center
between the streams.
||At this point things really started to
We could no longer walk along the ledge.
It was down to a couple inches wide right here, so even scooting along
it was difficult.
Since the water was clean (no sand or debris)
and I was hot and my feet were blistering in two places, I went barefoot
through the water to scout past the turn just ahead.
The tunnel reverted to a regular archway
a couple hundred feet later, but right after we went to the trouble of
getting there, it returned to another very wet area.
Needless to say,
we did not venture any further at this point, so at least one more expedition
is in the plans to (hopefully) finish the main tunnel at the very least,
nevermind the side tunnels.
As with the previous visit to the other
tunnel of the three, we never managed to find a street-level opening through
which I could get a GPS reading. However, I can say that we walked
far enough to be incredibly sore and I think all of us ended up with blistered
feet (even wearing tennis shoes), so this is quite the journey. Next