It's Valentineís Day and Iím getting impatient. My friends are fifteen minutes late now and Iím starting to think about going by myself. People I don't recognize pass by dressed for parties, dates.

Finally I'm joined and a small crowd starts to grow. We're conspicuously out of place for the night and outsiders glance and awkwardly look away. Cheap ponchos, lifejackets rubber boots, camouflage; no one here is looking for a romantic night.

I pull out of an illegal parking space and soon we're on the highway. Our destination is a nursing home but the moon says visiting hours are well over. We wander towards the edge of the empty lot and hop over a barrier. Hidden just out of sight an icy river slowly flows like a muddy vein in the city.

Just ahead loom the massive concrete gates. Here the river whips into a frenzy, ice and water spill down a slope into the underground tunnels. The churning waves and crashing ice quicken my pulse. Our goals lie beyond the churning whirlpool.

We work quietly in the moonlight. Rubber rafts get inflated and hand lines are slung in preparation for our descent. While working on a knot a chunk of ice hits my near frozen leg, knocking me off balance. I plunge into the flow, gasping for air as the cold bites into me.

The current pulls me over the edge and I go over the incline, flailing. The world around me spins, streetlights glow far overhead and the yawning darkness before threatens to engulf everything.

In my thrashing I suddenly feel a strong grip around my wrist. I pull back and reach out with the other hand. Another hand grasps mine. Together my friends pull me out of the darkness. Once I make it to shore I gasp for air, the cold water soaking me is unrelenting.

After another attempt we succeed in our efforts and reach the tunnel's interior. For the night we wandered halls beneath the city. Hours later we resurfaced; the night was over and the party had long since finished.


See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning