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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Undeground Park River Video

(Originally posted May 29, 2012. After many misfires, Hakaan and Jumper finally got to get through the Park River thanks to the Hog River Revival dudes. Relive our journey on this post and check out the awesome work by the guys at the Hartford Art Walk tonight 6-8 at the Hartford Public Library on Main St. Check out more of Sad City and the Park River here.)

We've long since had a dream of riding underneath the city in the mysterious Park River.  Yes, we know that as far as dreams go, it's kind underwhelming. But a childhood built upon repeated viewings of The Goonies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles created a fascination with the subterranean. The mystery that the cement caverns held seemed liked the most amazing adventure promised. Well, thanks to the Hog River Revival guys, our dream was made a reality. And we brought our video camera along!

The video is available after the jump.

So after several failed attempts and missions to explore the underground conduit, we now have a check mark on our bucket list. 

The Hog River Revival guys have a couple of days left on their Kickstarter.  Anyone interested in going on their own tour of the tunnels should definitely check it out.

Also, for additional perspective, here's Hakaan giving his take on the adventure with our old friend Craig the Porn Star on WCCC.


  1. Can you guys publish a map of the place?

  2. Google "Life in a conduit" and there's a powerpoint presentation with a map in it.

  3. Crazy! I'd be afraid of creepy crawly snakes, rats, etc. That's great!!!