Patterns That Can Scarcely Be Controlled

1. Parkway Hospital, Queens 2. Forest Hills trash hospital 3. Tryon State School 4. Fownes factory, Amsterdam 5. Glenville elementary school 6. St. Ann's convent, Buffalo 7. "Epic Church", Buffalo 8. The Hall Of, Niagara Falls 9. Carborundum/Globar factory, Niagara Falls 10. Air Force radar station 763, Niagara county 11. Akron gypsum mines/caves 12. KMart corporate headquarters, Troy MI 13. Wilkens Elementary, Detroit 14. Grand Blvd Methodist Church, Detroit 15. St. Margaret Mary church, Detroit 16. St. Margaret Mary school, Detroit 17. Schoenherr drain, Macomb MI 18. NAWCAD power station, Trenton 19. Naval jet testing facility, Trenton 20. Imani Church,…

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And So We Go Through The Great Unknown

Well that was a year, wasn't it? Nothing but uncertainty from one week to the next, to the point that I always felt like I was a week or two away from the next covid lockdown and cultivating a textbook case of languishing pandemic fatigue. From the very first time ei broke me out in May to seeing four asylums in a weekend right before Christmas, it's been nothing but a wild and relentless ride through the levels; unpredictable, but somehow always upward. Meme-tier shitholes, flavors of the month that might have gone a bit sour, mansions too intact for…

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One Missed Calling

July 6-7, 2019 At sea, somewhere south of Burgeo, Newfoundland Sometimes, a mind just has to get away. Not just from the same familiar places, but from the same circular thoughts, the ways of thinking and being we all fall into. It’s a human necessity to have a place we can’t be reached or found, a place to reset from the world and the routine. For me, this happens to be a ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland, on a vacation with my parents, (planned and assembled by confederation and delegation – we’re each in charge of different parts, and…

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This Is Where We Belong

(unfortunately, this is a partial post for now - I took my phone for a swim I probably shouldn't have tonight, and lost a lot of photos that way...) It's really been way too long since I've had an adventure like this... meet a new friend, and explore - that's all there is to it. No one to impress, no group to lead, no cats to herd, Of course nothing I ever do goes all the way to plan, and the trip started with fixing a flat tire, but after that, we were on our way exploring. First stop was…

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‘Cause In The End It’s All OK

DAY 0: Rochester to Somewhere on I-91 "And everything you thought was so important doesn't matter, All you need to understand is, everything you know is wrong! (Weird Al Yankovic, "Everything You Know Is Wrong") I'd never felt this way in the days before an Adirondack climb. This used to be my favorite time of year, I'd count down the days starting in February, even January, look to the maps for inspiration, read everything I could about the trails (and forget it all), obsess over gear with the inevitable conclusion I didn't need whatever it was anyway even if I…

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You Are In A Maze Of Twisty Little Passages, All Alike

Just as we left Albany, the pouring rain actually began falling, as the rest of the group promised as they decided to leave and not even try camping another night. It wasn't at all how I'd hoped this would go; I barely managed to keep the last meetup together, and this time we only explored one place before falling apart, albeit on mostly good terms. I didn't really care anymore though, we were still trying to explore, and it doesn't rain underground. I'd gotten decent directions from one of the cavers I met last month on how to see the…

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