Archive for April, 2006

Hump Day, Industrial Ruins, & Lost Tunnels?!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I sure had a lot to be happy for this Hump Day, enough to start doing the pelvic thrust part of the Time Warp, too.

On the tip of a friend, I made a trip up to Saint Albans today to check out a place he suggested, that was an old ice packing facility. So I figured, what the hell, he’s good company, game to do it, and I have nothing better to do. Scrounged up a few bucks in bottles, turned in my pennies at Coinstar, and headed on up.

I did not leave disappointed.

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Not going to win any accolades for a ‘greatest site EVAR’ or anything, but for Vermont, this is definitely very tangible and a very nice piece of our little talked about and ill fated industrial past.

While we’re on the topic of industrial past, this same friend happens to be a railroad enthusiast. Well…nut better describes it. He planted a bug in my ear, and it goes a little like this;

My friend: “You know, there’s a subway-like rail tunnel that goes right under Burlington.” Me: “HUH?!”

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Scarier than Spiders

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Earlier yesterday I went out scouting. I was on CENSORED street taking pictures of the abandoned TOO HOT FOR .ORG when I noticed a really cool looking drain off to the side. It was square, fun. I went back to my dorm and showed the other local NEUEU members the images and planned a trip later that night. It ended up being only T1 and I going, but I was really excited. We rode our bikes down there and locked them up.

The first thing we see inside is square RCP, kinda plain, but different. There was only a few inches of water, but it was moving fast. We proceeded on a bit to find the drain changed. It changed from boring RCP to freaking awesome stone and support beam things on the ceiling. There were also spiders in this part. Lots of big, shiny, scary spiders. I wanted to go on but T1 was a wimp and didn’t want to go past the spiders. If only we knew what we were getting into…

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Hardcore UE

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Thanks to the UE DB on uer.ca we located a new potential entrance for the Moran Power Plant. This new way in was via the cooling water outfall in the back of the building. The outflow was underwater in a canal that lead to Lake Champlain. I wasn’t going to let a little 40.5 degree water stop me, so I grabbed my snorkeling gear and suited up for some serious UE. It was T1, C1, and I who went out last night. We ran into the same “fire guys” practicing by the stones near Moran. We’d seen them before and they’d seen us, so we just ignored them and went about our business. That business being me disrobing behind the plant and putting on my snorkeling gear. In the end we found exactly where the outfall was underwater, but it was sealed off by a metal door. We may or may not have been able to move this door, but by that time I was really, really cold. Even if we didn’t get in, I’ve been somewhere in Moran that no one has before.

Site Updates

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Number ONE

I’ve just upgraded the forum software to the latest version and have fixed the “Find All Posts By…” feature under everyone’s profiles.

I have also added more items to the avatar gallery if you cannot come up with one on your own.

So… Head on over to the forums and discuss amongst your selves!

Number TWO

We now have a CafePress store that sells a growing variety of items, so help support our site and buy something cool.

-C1

No Sleep

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

We’re active like there’s no tomorrow. Just this week we hit the UVM steam tunnels, Northampton State Hospital, Hill & Dale Mall, and multiple locations in Claremont, NH. The tunnels under UVM were pretty cool. The ones we were in only connected a couple buildings and we popped out a locked door inside one of them. NSH was exciting but didn’t go very well. We’d heard about increased security but decided to check it out regardless. All three of the entrances we were planning on using failed. They had fixed all the holes in the fences and patched every opening in the building. While trying our last way in, we were surprised by an officer who kindly told us to leave. We did, BUT WE WEREN’T DONE YET.

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Focusing

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Whether you’re a fan of auto or manual focusing, you’ll need light… No questions about it.

Without light, your camera can’t judge how far away an object is, nor can you. Though in terms of auto focusing you can often assist the camera with auxiliary light sources.

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Five-O

Thursday, April 6th, 2006

Yep, we were stopped by the cops. The excitement is just now wearing off. An officer from Boston stopped us on the sidewalk after we’d been to some trains, under a bridge, and at the site of an old chemical plant. He was really nice and assured us we weren’t in any trouble, we were just carrying a lot of gear so he had to investigate. I went with the truth route and told him we were doing some urban exploration. He actually thought it was cool.

My favorite part of the whole ordeal was hearing him radio my name to HQ. I only wish we’d got a picture with him, or even a name. This was a great experience and I think we could actually benefit from being stopped more often. If the police are familiar with who we are, we’ll have a better chance of getting off easy if we’re caught someplace we shouldn’t be. I’m going to make it a point to look as suspicious as possible from now on, to attract the authorities’ attention.
-Z1