tunnels under Vickery St. - This was one of the
last spots Dani and I explored before we started photographing our adventures.
Unfortunately, this was something of an aborted mission. This tunnel
runs in two parts: The first stretch goes beneath Vickery to an area alongside
the interstate (I can't recall which one at the moment; maybe I-20?).
It then opens out and immediately starts back up again just a few feet
later, going much further until it empties into the Trinity River.
caused us to abort the exploration was that some homeless people live in
this "valley" between the parts of the tunnel (though not actually in
the tunnels). We heard them talking outside of the tunnel, so we
proceeded quietly to the end. They did not spot us, so we doubled
back before we were discovered. Granted, there is probably no reason
to fear all homeless people, but this was a secluded area, completely out
of sight of the nearby roads, so we were not going to take any chances.
people still live in this area, and in fact, you can just barely see their
encampment from the on-ramp of the interstate (or, presumably, if you stop
your car, get out, and lean over the railing). They are firmly ensconced
in this spot with a tent, clothes line, and lawn furniture. No kidding!
Until such time as they vacate the spot, this site will likely remain unphotographed.
I eventually revisited this tunnel. See the exploration here.