001. Urbex

Moi, drinking from the sulphur spring well.
Moi, drinking from the sulphur spring well.
So my first entry here actually let’s you get a look into one of my favorite hobbies: urbex — aka urban exploration. I’ve been exploring since I was 12 but I “officially” joined an urbex group called UER (Urban Exploration Resource) in 2007. I went to a few meetings but unfortunately social anxiety and one person notorious for psychotic behavior turned me off and I preferred to explore on my own or with my friend Mike.

I haven’t explored in close to a year until June and July of this year. June my neighbors Dom and Nate and I went to the Hermitage Ruins and then the Darnley Grist Mill. I still have to go through over 1500 photos and upload and post them. Just tonight we (along with my best friend, Miu) returned to both locations but spent the most time at the Darnley Dam / Cristie Dam and sat on this giant walkway that stretches across the top of the dam. If you’ve just entered the walkway then you face the length of the walkway, on your right is the drop off where the dam opens up to, and on your left is the Cristie Lake. It’s beautiful.

Moi, rocking the Doc Martens on the walkway above the Darnley Dam.
Moi, rocking the Doc Martens on the walkway above the Darnley Dam.

We sat atop the walkway staring up at the sky and all you could see were hundreds of stars (and heat lightning). It was amazing. I tried taking photos but I didn’t bring my tripod so all I got were some creepily blurry shots through the railings of the lake, and I might upload those once I Instagr.am them (because I’m too lazy to post-process them on the PC).

I hope to be doing a lot more exploring this summer, and possibly even seeing all 125 (or so) of Hamilton’s waterfalls.

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