Its very easy to get excited, carried away, hurried for the next room, next new thing, next new composition...
I was exploring somewhere in Florida recently. While we were what I thought was 3 stories up (later told was more like 6). I was walking around the top floor of an abandoned factory. There were signs of decay but nothing that would lead me to believe that the floor was unsafe. As I walked and took my images, I noticed the walls around the building were falling apart. It looked more like vandalism than decay and I checked it out. Even leaned over the edge like a jack ass. As we proceeded to walk around the top floor of this place I heard a creak and next thing I know I went through..... Time slowed down and all I could think of is all the videos I have seen of people falling through ice. They always widen their base of stability. Leaning forward and belly dragging out.
I threw my camera to the side, put my one leg out in front of me and my arms out to each side and managed to save myself. My leg went all the way through. to the top of my thigh.
Once I pulled myself out I grabbed my camera, looked at my buddy and we retraced our steps back down. At a MUCH slower pace than when we went up.
My legs were shaking the whole way back down. The stairs that were fine on the way up, now sketched me out. When we got back to the ground I had to take a second to regain my composure. We were both pretty shaken up. I have one person that I explore with regularly. We both know the dangers and when we do things we keep a 15-20 foot distance between us, in case of situations like this, or if we encounter people. I know that if I fall or die its my own fault. Hell that is part of the excitement of all of this... its dangerous. However having another person around with a cell phone gives me a little comfort. Had I been alone, went all the way through and crippled myself out there (I would have fallen about 50 feet onto heavy machines), the consequences could have been worse.
This was a learning experience to say the least. One that taught me to slow the f down.
When we left I hit the first gas station and found a water hose. All the stuff that covered the floor and equipment was all over me. Not something you want left on your skin. Spent the better part of 3 hours cleaning my gear with q tips. My equipment is all weather sealed and nothing got inside but my camera took a tumble and my uv filter needed replaced..
This is the building. You can see the wall on the side with the light blasting through. We walked all the way around the top floor of this place before finding my hellhole.