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Urban Exploration

These posts deal with my various trips around the Twin Cities and the interesting things I find.
Well folks, it looks like this chapter of The Great Big Book of Awesome (AKA my life story) has come to end.

I'll leave the existing Mission Reports here, but there won't be any new ones publicly available. I don't worry much about me, but I definitely don't want to be responsible for other folks getting in trouble as a result of my actions.

If I've inspired curiosity or provided entertainment, then my work here is done anyway.

Peace!
Chris

Recon: Abandoned WWII Munitions Facility Debrief: While at work on Friday, I had that itch to go do some exploring. It had been a long week and I wanted to put my brain in a different gear for a while. Shortly after that I got a text message that read "I'm thinking about checking out this old WWII munitions site." Sounds like just what the doctor ordered. The plan, as with any recon, is to locate and identify. So we figured on rolling out there in the daylight, looking around and then grabbing a ......

Mission: Abandoned Mill Debrief: We've been here before, but haven't come close to exploring all of it. We met up after dark and drove out to the site. Getting there was fairly quick and uneventful, and aside from passing a couple of bicyclists, it looked like we weren't going to run into anyone on the way in. Just before we got to the entrance though, a car full of guys (looked like teenagers or early twenties) pulled up and tried going down a road that was (clearly) marked "do not enter." Confused, ......

Recon: Storm Drain near Mississippi River Debrief: We all have reserves of strength and endurance that most of us have never tapped. I found mine tonight. It started off simple enough. We had heard about a nice sized storm drain right on the Mississippi that would take a little climbing to get to. As with any recon, the plan was just to find it. Exploring it would come later. We met up in a nearby parking lot and took one car from there to the starting point. We knew roughly where it was, but needed ......

Sometimes I buy stuff on Tanga.com. When I do, it''s usually a good deal even if their shipping is slow.Recently I bought a couple LED Flashlights. They were about $13 each but they were supposed to be incredibly bright. I usually carry around a small 24 LED light in my bag when I'm out exploring. This flashlight claimed to have 100 ultra bright LEDs. I hadn't seen one that big before, so I figured why not? The package arrived yesterday and I ripped it open as soon as I got home from work. They had ......

Mission: Abandoned Mill Debrief: About a month ago, we did some quick recon on a local mill. You can read about that right here. We went back last night, but before I get to that part of the story, there were a few other things that happened first. I was sitting at home watching TV last night (around 8pm) and the phone rings. My buddy wants to do a mission and wants to know if I'm in. We agree to meet up around 10:30pm at our usual spot. Before I get off the phone, he asks if I would have a problem ......

With the RNC rapidly approaching, Minneapolis cops have gone nuts. So far there have been at least two reported incidents with cops jumping out of vans and seizing photographers and equipment, but not actually arresting them in at least one case. Regardless of the ethical issues its not a matter of principal at this point. It's a matter of not getting your ass kicked over something stupid while everyone gets accused of being a would be terrorist. No need to turn a simple trespassing charge into a ......

Mission: Pet Food MillStatus: Abandoned, at least 10 yearsDebrief:We got together shortly after dark, with no clear plan on where we wanted to go. Piling in the car, we stopped at a convenience store to grab some snacks and batteries. I have a ridiculously bright LED flashlight but it eats batteries pretty fast. After that, we took a ride and briefly (without getting out of the car) scouted a couple locations of interest. One in particular looked interesting, but was sealed up tight, with concrete ......

Mission: strictly recon.Debrief:We met up in downtown Minneapolis, where we hung out for a bit and watched the sun go down. As it started to get dark, the three of us piled into one car and headed to the first of two places we wanted to scope out for further exploration.Location 1: Flour MillStatus: Closed, Non-operationalFinding suitable roadside parking, we walked over and checked the place out. We walked around for about half an hour, noting some very interesting features but no obvious entrances. ......

Mission: Storm Drain near the Mississippi River Status: Active Debrief: We met up shortly after 9pm (around dusk) at a small park within walking distance of our entry point. Same gear as before, with the addition of my sadly underutilized HD cam. We discussed the plan, and the need for discretion (and quiet) on our approach. The danger factor was significantly lower on this mission than the previous one, but the trouble factor (if caught) was quite a bit higher (misdemeanor.) Basically the opposite ......

Mission: Cereal Processing MillStatus: Abandoned (35 years)Debrief:We met up at 11pm (more or less) last night in a nearby parking lot and made sure we had our gear. For me, my gear consisted of a flashlight and my cellphone/camera. To avoid attracting undue attention, we all piled into one car and made the mile and a half drive to the mill.There's a small parking lot by the mill. Small as in less than 10 spaces. There was also an empty car in the lot. It wasn't necessarily a cause for concern, but ......