Lets take a TARDIS trip back to 2010 and my first official, legitimate explore. Armed with my Walmart camera and a pikachu tank top we decended down to the Genesee river.
Jay and I came upon a building the size of which we had never explored. Up until this point we had spent our time spray painting the undersides of bridges and train tracks. Luckily, this beauty was frequented by vagrants and was wide open to the average passerby.
Now while I can’t give the name for this building, I can give you a bit of historical background. This building (shown above) was built in the 1940’s, but the original incinerator plant was built in 1911 by Decarie Incinerator Company of Minneapolis. In the late 1950’s the plant was decommissioned and taken over by Delco (an automotive parts manufacturing subsidiary of General Motors) and then later abandoned sometime around 1990.
This plant was of 60 tons capacity and was representative of the latest and most improved form of incinerator designed by this company at the time. It is intended to handle garbage only and was equipped with an inclined conveyor from receiving floor to sorting room where the various salable rubbish is removed by pickers and deposited in bins the remainder passing by means of the same conveyor to and over the incinerator where it was automatically dumped into a hopper and chute to the furnace.
Garbage, cool right? My first official explore and we pick a place that burned garbage. Shrug.
So, upon entering the main building you see a hole in the concrete floor. A humongous hole filled with death metal. (And not the music kind my friends)
Avoiding this death trap we found our way to the basement to find it looked like a jellyfish!
Continuing around the buildings most of the walls were covered in graffiti. Some of it more, say, “interesting” than others.
I mean, who doesn’t like a row of Fro-Men?
I made Jay take, like, ten pictures of me with the graffiti below.
Okay. I got it, I got it. I’ll quit the blabber and show you more pictures:
After exploring the caved in, dangerous parts of the structure we we’re feeling Deadpool invincible.
So why not test your luck?
(You’ll find throughout these posts we do this a lot. Oops, oh well)
In an uneducated decision of adrenaline and sheer stupidity we decided it was a really great idea to try and climb the tower…
The picture below is after the ladder came out of the wall above my head about 20 feet up and I gave Jay the look of literal death. Which he thought was utterly hilarious.
(I mean, possessed much? Someone call the Winchesters.)
We got out of the tower pretty quick after that near death disaster and I mean, the welcome written on the wall wasn’t very kind anyways.
Since we were right under an overpass and next to the river we obviously had to climb things as delinquents do.
I made Jay get on stuff for the obvious photo op and perfect profile picture.
King of this metal jungle. (Beat chest like Tarzan)
To round out this adventure we took a swing by the side of the water to find our clear sign to pack it up and head home.
aaand we out.
We climbed back over the fence and walked up the hill past an officer of the law to the car.
Not bad for the first pilgrimage. Indiana Jones thwarts the natives once again!
With this one little taste of Urbex we went full throttle. I started researching every place I could. So, get ready for the places to get bigger, the pictures to get better and the danger to, well, stay dangerous.
Though, we don’t learn to wear exploring appropriate clothing for some time. Sigh.
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