As longtime readers of this site know, Action Squad has a special relationship with the Ford Assembly Plant in Saint Paul – and more specifically, with the miles of old sand mining tunnels beneath it.
See, seven or eight years ago, they were the local Holy Grail for the tiny exploring community – everyone wanted to get in, but nobody could. We were determined to be the first - but, as often happens, we had to get some help from 'random coincidence' first ...
At that time, one of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities was the Saint Clair Broiler. In the years since then, it's been bought up by a corporation, and is no longer the family-run, awesome place full of characters that it once was.
Shawna had mentioned to him that we were into exploring tunnels and trying to find a way into the Ford Mines. Coincidentally, Mark knew a thing or two about it. In fact – he'd been caught by Ford security down there some years earlier – he was the guy they'd held in a room for hours, where he got lectured, ate doughnuts, and watched Ford promotional videos until they finally just let him leave.
Mark was more than happy to explain roughly where we should look for an entrance – it still wasn't easy, but we eventually made it in. And it was beautiful.
This effectively resealed the mines from curious explorer eyes – and for the next seven years, the Ford Mine slowly became a born-again virgin.
Around the time that the local papers started talking about the plant closing down in 2008, I started to hear Her calling me again ...
... so I took a couple of scouting trips to see what I could see.
The first time, I managed to get down near the steam plant and hydro dam unmolested, walking my dog with my girlfriend. All I discovered was that our old tunnel entrance was truly no longer an option, and there were modern security cameras all over the place.
And if I could get inside the place at all, I reckoned it would be possible to find a way down into the mine tunnels again ...
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