I originally discovered this drain early last summer, by pure accident. I had just finished a long bike ride when I decided to take a quick peek in a small-looking tunnel that diverts a creek underneath a fairly quiet residential street (I know, these are usually nothing special at all, but I was simply curious). I wandered into the low, rectangular tunnel with my expectations fairly low. However, much to my surprise, there was something far more interesting waiting on the other side of the road.
Yep, this strange concrete structure featuring a 6' RCP leading into complete darkness! Jackpot. When I first explored this drain a year ago, I only spent about 10 minutes inside before turning around, seeing no end in sight. However, I recently got the chance to explore it with a friend. This trip confirmed the information that I had read online: after about a half-mile, the drain leads to a junction with a couple of other tunnels, photos of which I will post later (spoiler alert - one of the offshoots is only 5' high, so I didn't explore that one. The other, much larger one requires a thread of its own). Anyways, here are some photos of the expedition...
Looking in from the tunnel entrance. I thought the colorful skull artwork was pretty cool-looking.
Graffiti alley. In contrast to scribbly-looking tags, this kind of graffiti art can really improve the atmosphere of a drain, in my opinion. It helps bring a pop of color to an otherwise mundane concrete pipe.
Sorry for the weird-looking colors; I messed up a bit while editing this pic. This is a continuation of the art gallery shown in the second photo. A lot of the graffiti in these two photos seems to be of a similar style; I wonder if it was done by the same person? If so, someone must have spent a lot of time down here.
This is the first time I've personally seen a sharp turn like this in a drain. When approaching this turn from afar, the flat wall almost created the illusion of a complete dead-end. However, it was in fact just an odd bend in the tunnel. My friend can be seen toward the left side of the image; where the tunnel continues.
One of the few signs of life in the underworld. This little guy was isolated from about 5 or 6 of his friends who were all huddled beneath a nearby manhole. I didn't get a photo of them, unfortunately, as I didn't feel it was the wisest decision to use the bright flash just as they seemed to be waking up. They're probably not so used to bright lights down there.
A flooded part of the tunnel, coming back from the junction. I'm waiting to post my photos of the junction until later - I'll probably do so in the post related to the other, larger tunnel that enters the junction from a different direction.
I guess that's it for today. I have plenty of other drain explorations to share, so I'll probably be making similar posts in the future. Thanks for dropping by!