Sandstorm

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Back at Flintkote with the UR UrbEx. I’m still amazed we made this one happen, with Andrew on it and all!
Flintkote

More giant machinery here
Machine

The destructed ruins of what was once a relatively grand train station on the way to Niagara Falls. It was already closed for decades by the time it burned in 1974, and now only the brick and stonework somewhat remain.
Train

More fire damage… we probably could have brought this steel mill down with our hands.
Steel

Some deranged protest… Lockport was left out of the Interstate highways, and someone wasn’t happy? I guess?
Thruway

So many rusting bikes. It’s incredible these are still here!
Bikes

The iconic Buffalo Central again. We picked a very bad day to go here, with today being Easter Sunday, everyone, including the politicians and dignitaries, was on hand yesterday for the final preparations for Dyngus Day. Apparently when someone starts shouting “City property! You better get out, I’m the mayor!” sometimes it actually is the Mayor. Go figure.
Mayor

Anyone have any idea what these glass things are about?
Glassy

While we were on the roof of the Malt taking advantage of the birds’ eye view of our last location, this happened:
Sandy

Yes, it’s a real live sandstorm. No idea where the sand came from, it’s not even blowing in off the lake. After another minute or two it completely swallowed up the rest of the view. We didn’t stay long enough to see if it stung, taking shelter until the dust died down… What a mess! Is this normal for Buffalo?
Sandier

Video of the storm from Chris Seward:

More of my photos. I took far too many.

Wrong Side of the Fence

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I guess if I can’t get into an asylum, the next best thing is to look at one from the outside? This was a weird trip from the start, I’m not quite sure what Ian had in mind but I think it was this. He knows I can’t climb fences, and presumably he knew this place had a fence, so… I assume I got to be part of the scouting trip then he’d go back without me to see it. It was impressive just the same, and completely worth the 2-hour drive out to it. Or not. But I know it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to seeing a real asylum.

This pretty much sums up the day. Looking right into barbed-wire fences.
Barbed Wire

If only this were a tunnel…
Tunnel

That which they call the Oculus.

Really, nothing crushes a day quite as much as an asylum fence.
Fenced

P0L 1C3!

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Draining around Buffalo on a hideously rainy January afternoon… the first two were gushing torrents of storm-swelled rivers at Lockport and Scajaquada, so we just happened to find a small manageable one in West Amherst. After a stop at Home Depot for drain boots and a run through the Mighty Taco drivethru, we returned to the entrance, followed by a moderately suspicious black Lexus. The license plate being P0L 1C3 should have been much more of a clue than it was. But after we explained what we were up to, the chief offered us a few suggestions of bigger and better drains, so it all worked out well in the end.

The Notorious R.C.P. (rectangular concrete pipe), this is about the most ordinary drain possible.
RCP

After just enough of this to really get on one’s nerves, it started to split into quite the network
Split 1
Split 2
Split 3

Snotsicles. They’re kind of like slime mold and grow on the roof of drains.
Snotty

Explorer, in natural habitat
You

Buffalo Malt

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A Monday afternoon skip class and explore trip with MidnightGenius from UER. Our first target was the giant grain elevators. Then this happened.

Oops!

While about to give up, we just happened to run into the Buffalo Malt tower.
Malt

The place was pretty well trashed and gutted, but at least it was big
Graffiti

Probably the most interesting thing about it was this thing on the roof, with thousands and thousands of glass tubes
Glass

This was in the basement for some reason
Bingo

More crap photos here. I really need to get a proper camera and/or a bit of creativity.

Buffalo!

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Fall couldn’t come soon enough; another semester of college, the Bills have a chance again, and it’s UER season! First place of the day was an orphanage school whose days are numbered

Art

Painting the tunnels before graduation seems to have been a tradition here
Tunnels

Next was a boring old furniture factory that isn’t worth much of a mention here. Then, somehow, we decided to attempt this iconic site
Terminal

Outside

This was about as far as we got before paranoia took over… cops on the brain are the (second-)worst! At least we weren’t caught…