Marc, our friend Will (whom I posted about on Friday), and I all went out together on Saturday to explore Forest Haven, an abandoned mental institution in Maryland. Marc and I had visited this particular site once before, as had Marc and Will, but this site is so huge that it will likely take at least two more expeditions for us to explore it fully. It is shockingly undisturbed for an urban exploration site, and we suspect that is because the location has never been published. I plan on continuing that tradition, though if you are interested in exploring it yourself, contact me and I can give you directions.
The site does have security, and with all the dust, asbestos, etc, we all wore respirator masks. I was quite proud of how well I did in some of the pitch black sections, though we did have a scare at one point where we thought we heard someone else walking around. Will, who has quite a good chunk of military combat experience, went ahead to investigate and found…KITTENS! Sadly, I did not get photos of them, as they all ran away too quickly. Due to the adrenaline from that experience, plus the somewhat disturbing find of some drag marks leading into the basement, I decided to stop after that building, while Marc and Will continued into another. Once my nerves are set off I find it difficult to regain them, and it is important to know your personal limits within urban exploration.
I had a lot of fun and got some really great photos, including an incredible self-portrait that Will helped take. I will be going through the photos for awhile, but here are a few of my favourites so far:
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