|Here's the entrance to the tunnel again. This is a really beautiful spot. There is a produce distributing warehouse at the top of the hill to the left, so the air was rich with the smell of fresh cantaloupe.|
|This square tunnel only runs for a hundred feet or so before you reach this culvert...|
|...And then you reach the big room. I'm trying to show the scale here, but the lighting didn't work. The tunnel I'm standing in is about 8 or 9 feet in diameter.|
|This is my favorite picture on this site
Here I am getting a GPS reading to figure out exactly where this room is (it's the same one as in the picture above; we came in through the culvert next to the ladder). It turned out this is just in the middle of a parking lot.
I can't begin to imagine what someone would do if they dropped their car keys in! Get a clothes hanger?!
|Before we checked out the big tunnel was standing in a couple images back, I checked out the smaller culvert to the left. It was a real backbreaker, about 4 feet high (note the plastic bottle for scale reference).|
|This is unbelievable. Another dead
Whenever I see a tunnel with a dry floor, I can almost be sure I'm going to reach one of these. I don't know what to make of this. I crouched for 300 feet or more to reach this dead end.
There was a fork a little further before this that didn't photograph as well and also dead ended.
|So we returned to the larger tunnel and continued upstream.|
|It isn't especially clear, but here is another dead end side tunnel. This one was only 3 feet in diameter, but we have seen all sizes plugged with solid concrete, wood, cinder blocks, bricks, rebar rods, and any combination you can imagine.|
|Continue to Part II|