Elise: Ok, I know it’s illegal so I’m not going to do it very often… sigh, which is prob a good thing cause it causes lot’s of anxiety, but my new obsession is Urban Exploring. Oh so cool!!! Jess and I used to do this in high school every now and then, remember when we skipped that assembly and explored the Crack House Jess? that was pretty fun, we found documents in the basement and apperently this family used to own a flower shop.
I wish I had pictures from the crack house. Wait, let me go back. Urban Exploration is when you explore abandoned houses, warehouses, mines, tunnels, catacombs, bridges, factories, etc. Basically anything that is here in the present, but very much routed in the past. The Crack House still had furniture and toys and this family’s business books. It just makes you wonder who they were and why it was suddenly abandoned. A good podcast on the subject was done by This American Life if you’ve got an hour or so you should listen to it http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/199/House-on-Loon-Lake
Anyway!!! Friday night my friends Oakley, Justin and I explored a pretty cool wood factory or something. It wasn’t that cool, but it was late at night so it wasn’t boring! So we went to the top of the parking garage at my work (Deseret News)
and ended up in the roofs of the buildings that made up this alley below.
So we went home and watched that Charlie Chapline movie with Robert Downy Jr. (really good btw) on Netflix, then Oak and Justin told me about this abandoned mine shaft (well the building over the mine shaft) in Park City on Mountain Resort. So Saturday Oak and I hit it up!
Before we started our adventures, I was did some research on this site http://www.uer.ca/ It’s pretty awesome! the only problem is that I don’t have full access and won’t until after a LOT of personal exploration and posting and such. It’s a very exclusive society. Anyway but I also joined this other site: http://urbanexplorers.net/ It doesn’t have as much info on good sites for exploration and their difficutly, security, required equipment etc like the otherone does. But it’s still pretty good for getting in contact with other Urban explorers around the state.
Anyway Jess, we had fun doing this before and i think we should look into doing more of it! It’s kinda dangerous… and illegal, but we don’t have to do a lot of it, and nowhere that the risk of getting caught is super high. But i think it would pretty much be AWESOME!!!!
oh and if this interested you check out these sites:
http://www.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/urban-sports/urban-exploration.htm (Stuff you should know podcast did a really awesome podcast called how urban exploration works, and another cool one How abandoned cities work)