Underneath the sunny, lovely exterior YOU’VE come to know as vibegrrl, there is a girl who’s maybe a touch disturbed.
CLEARLY, this must be the case, since it was my idea to check out THIS place.
That’s right, my idea of fun on a Friday night is exploring an abandoned sanitorium for Tuberculosis patients that was built in the 1930’s and shut down in the 80’s due to asbestos.
There is something wrong with me. OBVIOUSLY. However, that also means there is something seriously wrong with my roomate, my friend Darrin and this girl you know and love, as they all agreed to come WITH me.
When I tried to explain to my friend Greg where we were going, he said to me, “WHAT ARE YOU? 13?!?!!?!? Adults don’t do these kinds of things!”
Apparently though, they do…they just take a few extra precautions.
I’d like to take a moment to thank Chelsea for not killing me and still remaining my friend after I made her buy an asbestos mask, work gloves, safety goggles, flashlights, rain boots, and an entire, multi-layered black outfit from Goodwill that I forced her to throw away as soon as we got to the car. In case you don’t get the extreme nature of the last part, that meant stripping down to our underlayers in the middle of a dark parking lot, at 4:30 am, in 25 ° weather.
Thanks Chelsea, that’s friendship
(some tried to call me a little crazy, but dude, fuck THAT shit, NONE of that asbestos was coming home with us, ‘aight?)
Here is a pic of the roomie, trying on her gear while waiting for Darrin to meet us at the radio station:
We TOTALLY sounded like Darth Vadar with those things on.
I had been studying this place since Halloween (when I got the idea). Thanks to message boards, I knew how to get there, I knew what to watch out for, and I knew EXACTLY how to get in. I even had aerial maps! When we finally parked and got out of the car, it was like I’d jumped IN TO THE MAP! CRAZY! I was looking around and it was like I’d been there before, I knew it so well!
In order to get to the hospital, you have to climp up this steep clay path that’s totally overgrown with trees and vines. So there we were, concentrating on not tripping and not getting thwacked in the head by branches (an endeavor I was not so successful with) when we looked up and out of nowhere appeared the most massive, hauntingly creepy abandoned building. It was something straight out of a horror movie, all lit up by the moonlight. It was beautiful.
I kinda wanted to stand there a bit longer and soak it all in, but um, yeah, HELLO? COPS? Just in case any decided to come by, I didn’t wanna get caught. SO, on we go…
Once you get through the brush-covered path and step over the torn-down fence, you’re in! Problem is? You gotta enter through the morgue.
That’s not creepy, NOT AT ALL.
Since we showed up in the middle of the night and a good portion of the windows are boarded up, that place is PITCH BLACK inside. We HAD flashlights, but to give you an idea of what it was kinda like…
Holy shit, right?
It’s not much better all lit up by my freakishly high-powered flash, either.
A tip to any intrepid urban explorers out there…make sure you’re watching where you step…
This is not an exit.
That well was just in the middle of the floor and if you weren’t looking, well…yeah. The funny thing about it was that someone had spray painted “This is not an exit” right above it. THOSE CRAZY KIDS!
Seriously though, watch where the fuck you walk, yo.
We came across this one room that looked like it had a smooth, black, possibly marble floor. Before stepping into it, I flashed my light over to get a better look.
Good thing, yeah?
It’s an elevator shaft completely filled with water. HOLYJESUSFUCKINGCHRIST! You should have heard Gil and Chels freak when I kicked a styrofoam cup into the water! HA! They kept getting soooo mad at me. I’d walk like three steps off to the side and they’d be all like “LARA! STAY WITH THE GROUP!”
Poor Gillian, all she was doing was muttering, “Guys? I wanna go. Can we go now? Let’s go. I wanna go.”
Sorry Gil, You’re not going A N Y W H E R E.
HERE IS THE FULL GALLERY
As for the date? It WAS him, and it was GOOD! AND HE PAID!