Graffiti Set on Large Stone Blocks near Minnehaha Falls

Exploring Minneapolis a Second Time

In early July my 20-year high school reunion took place and I visited my brother Jacob in Minneapolis and a few friends along the way. The experience was fantastic, and I was thrilled to see some of my classmates again! I connected with some old friends from my graduating class in Austin, MN, and had a wonderful time before traveling back to the twin cities while searching out some underground passages.

Jordan with Graduating High School Class - 20 Year Reunion
I’m in the center with the blue shirt

After the party and crashing at a friend’s house, Jacob and I headed back to Minneapolis. The following photos were taken during our total 14-mile walk over the course of 3 days. Sometimes the best pictures are taken while traveling to the destination (even if the destination was never really reached). It all began by walking on some train tracks.

Winding Train Tracks in the Hot Sun
Winding Train Tracks in the Hot Sun
Graffiti on the Walls with a Woman Holding Spray Paint Can
Graffiti on the Walls with a Woman Holding Spray Paint Can
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis Through the Trees
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis Through the Trees
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis, a Closer Look
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis, a Closer Look
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis, Closed Entrance
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis, Closed Entrance
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis, Details of the Stairwell
An Abandoned Factory in Minneapolis, Details of the Stairwell
An Auto Shop on the Outskirts of Civilization
An Auto Shop on the Outskirts of Civilization

Just outside of the abandoned factory, we walked several miles to find civilization once again. This was one of my favorite pictures taken of that location because of the man on the motorcycle and the contrasting blue and orange colors. We grabbed a drink nearby and made our way back home the same way we came.


The following morning we headed to a bog, which, which upon first glance, looks like any other location in the woods. When stepping on the bridge that led to the rest of the walkways, however, we noticed it was anything but. I love how the following image turned out, even though the water wasn’t originally this color.

Marsh Boody Waters
Marsh Boody Waters

After our feet got soaked, Jacob and I headed to explore some more; determined to find an entrance to the underground tunnels in Minneapolis. We heard there may be one near the Science Center so we parked the car and began walking… down more railroad tracks towards a big hole we noticed from the highway. The scene I captured next looked like one out of a post-apocalyptic world, with seemingly abandoned railroad cars and the cityscape in the background.

Walking from Above to Explore the Below
Walking from Above to Explore the Below
Walking from Above to Explore the Below—Closer
Walking from Above to Explore the Below—Closer
Railway Car Empty Upon Arrival
Railway Car Empty Upon Arrival
Exploring the Railway Near the City of Minneapolis
Exploring the Railway Near the City of Minneapolis
Closed Off Tunnel Beneath the Tracks
Closed Off Tunnel Beneath the Tracks

Well, we finally found the entrance I described above. But it was way too closed off and full of water to go inside.


On our third and final day, we headed to Minnehaha Falls, starting on the opposite end which happened to be a dog park. After attempting to get action shots with the dogs, only the image below turned out to my liking. I like how there is a juxtaposition between the manmade structure and the freedom these dogs had getting to roam around in the water without a care in the world.

Electric Currents Past Swimming Dogs
Electric Currents Past Swimming Dogs
As a Tree Becomes So Does a Person When Filled with Emptiness
As a Tree Becomes So Does a Person When Filled with Emptiness
Recent Ancient Stone Carvings
Recent Ancient Stone Carvings

Well, this was probably it! A way to get inside. However, with all the water and camera gear strapped to me, we decided to not go inside. Besides, we probably would have needed a better flashlight than our phones. Two angles as seen below, one with a couple sitting nearby and another I took from above. It was really cool seeing this spot, as so many graffiti artists have tagged it.

Secret Public Sewer Drainage near Minnehaha Falls
Secret Public Sewer Drainage near Minnehaha Falls
Secret Public Sewer Drainage near Minnehaha Falls—Looking Down
Secret Public Sewer Drainage near Minnehaha Falls—Looking Down

A better view of the cement blocks that have been tagged. At the top of these is a runoff tunnel, as seen below as well.

Graffiti Set on Large Stone Blocks near Minnehaha Falls
Graffiti Set on Large Stone Blocks near Minnehaha Falls
A Vast and Evergoing Tunnel System near Minnehaha Falls
A Vast and Evergoing Tunnel System near Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls
Moving Stream Between Two Trees
Moving Stream Between Two Trees
Moving Water Close to Minnehaha Falls
Moving Water Close to Minnehaha Falls

Finally, after photographing the falls, we headed back to meet up with a friend. The following two images were among some of the best I got as we walked back (and later headed toward the Minneapolis Capitol building)

Looking Straight Up to the Blue Sky with a Bridge Above

Minnesota State Capitol (BW)
Minnesota State Capitol (BW)

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