One of the biggest thrills in exploring is
finding a secret right beneath your feet... or wheels, as the case might
be. University (aka 380) is one of the main roads through Denton,
and one I have driven over innumerable times, so it was a huge surprise
to find out that there was a tunnel right beneath it.
Although this gallery
is a late addition to the site, this was actually one of the first tunnels
Dani and I explored together, a little over a year before we revisited
it... this time with a camera.
||As usual, we started out downstream.
We stole Dani's mom's jeep for the day so I could move some stuff.
||Yes, this one was a bit of a backbreaker.
||Hey, look! Someone else tried rafting
through here! Or maybe not.
||In front of me was a huge blockage formed
by a couple pieces of wood roughly the size of railroad ties.
They're obscured by all the debris they
captured since they ended up jammed behind the pipe. However, once
I got on the other side I was able to pull them free and set them up to
flow out during the next heavy rain. At least until they hit another
||The tiniest crawfish I have ever seen!
There were a few others this size as well as a few full-grown guys.
||On the other side of University from where
we started is a spot where it opens out just at the edge of the parking
I never noticed this until we actually
went through this tunnel the first time, even though I've been through
that parking lot dozens of times before.
||Just a shot of Dani peeking out from another
tunnel in this section.
||Uh, oh... cave-in!
There was just this one bad patch where
the thin layer of concrete collapsed. Fortunately, there is a huge
sheet of metal above the concrete.
||And this is how it turns out....
The water originates upstream via a canal
on the other side of the parking lot.