They didn’t used to call me Dark Scary Larry for nothing…

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.



As for the date? It WAS him, and it was GOOD! AND HE PAID!

26 Responses to “They didn’t used to call me Dark Scary Larry for nothing…”

  1. Creepy the Clown Says:

    kickASS! love the pics… :) Altho I am sad that emergency isn’t more bright.

  2. biglug Says:

    Whoa! Did anything weird happen? Was it as super creepy as it looks in the pictures! So fun!

  3. Vicki Says:

    That is so freaking cool! I would never have been able to do it though. I love scary movies, but I prefer to keep the scary on the screen and out of my life.

  4. allison Says:

    Holy moly. That would have scared the shit out of me. I don’t see how you did that. My imagination gets the best of me and I start hearing and seeing things (I mean more than I normally do). SCARY!

  5. Darrin Says:

    Heh, what Ms. Vibre did NOT tell you was there is a planned Part 2! Right Vibe? Vibe? She also didn’t mention the three weird things that happened to me while I was in there with ‘em.

  6. claudia Says:

    Girl, you are WHACKED. But this is said with love.

  7. Holly Says:

    I figured that y’all were okay when I hadn’t heard from you asking to get bailed out. LOL! Okay, I am VERY glad that I didn’t go – I probably would have been way more scared than Gil! I’m glad that the date went well – I want details! ;)

  8. Stacey Says:

    Oh my god. I’m scared just looking at those pictures. Eeek!

    Randy would love that shit though.

  9. Silvia Says:

    Dude, I so thought that this WAS your date! It doesn’t really matter if he paid if he took you to an abandoned morgue…

    You are indeed whacked if you did this instead of going to H&M and buying tube tops.

  10. Sarah Says:

    Ok, at first, I was like, “SHE’S NUTS!” and then the more I thought about it, the cooler it got. You rock!

  11. Carrie Says:

    Um, you are TOTALLY insane. You couldn’t have gotten me in there for anything – not money, not yarn. But I liked looking at the pictures!!

    Details of date?!!?!

  12. Creepy the Clown Says:

    And ALSO… for the record, you took way more than just 3 steps. You were all wandering away down hallways n shit.

  13. Kate Says:

    Did you ever watch Fear on MTV? That was our (the boy and I) favorite show. He LOVES that shit. If we lived closer he’d be begging you to go back on another excursion with him.

  14. Chunggirl Says:

    Scary Larry, YOU ARE POSSESSED! I’d be crapping my pants, literally.

  15. Cara Says:

    As someone who sometimes gets completely creeped out walking down the hallway in my apartment building (think the twins in The Shining – I do!) you guys are CRAZY! WITH A CAPTIAL Z! Holy shit. First of all, I would’ve NEVER EVER done it but if someone had drugged me and I ended up there I would’ve sat in a corner bawling my eyes out until we left.

    Very scary. Very impressive. Wow.

  16. Christina Says:

    Kate beat me to it. I was going to say it looks just like an episode from Fear. I used to love that show. Very, very cool.

  17. Outraged Says:

    how FUCKING disrespectful.

  18. Anne Marie Says:

    You continue to add evidence to the “lara is a lunatic” file.
    And I’m with Carrie. More date details!

  19. Lola Says:

    Hmm . . . I think I have a pretty good guess of where this place is since I lived in this area, just about 5 miles or so down the road, growing up. Never been on the grounds, though.

  20. eby Says:

    oh hellllll no. you see? that’s what i’m talking about.

  21. Shaz Says:

    HOLY CRAP! That place looks like a scene from the WB TV SHOW SUPERNATURAL..specifically the episode I just saw this week where they went to a deserted asylum. Oye. Yes you are a little bit of loon, but i am glad you are at least sane enough to take some precautions..AND take everything off in the middle of the night before going back into your care..that’s reasonable. Asbestos. YUCK!

  22. Sheri Says:

    Looks like some place you’d see on “Most Haunted”! Spookily cool!

  23. Samantha Says:

    Very cool. Very creepy. I’ll bet that place has a lot of lost souls in it …

  24. Phyl Says:

    Not yarn, not even a Pumpkin Spice Latte a day would have gotten in that place. But I love the pics! I want details. Did anything strange happen?

  25. Stelthgrrl Says:

    If you haven’t seen it…and I don’t think you have or you’d have mentioned it…rent the movie “Session 9.” You’ll see why.

  26. ebony Says:

    by the way, i told mom that you did this. instead of being all disapproving like i wanted her to be…she was INTRIGUED! almost like she was PROUD of you or something. pppth!!