1975. Pacific Palisades, California. Nestled in the quiet residential streets well off the arterial roads used by commuter’s lies a secret and unfamiliar adventure zone where the admission is free for those lucky enough to find it. To participate, all you need are some good friends, some extra clothes to ware, a helmet, a bottle of liquid dish soap, an open mind to all things unknown and a thrill seekers - fear nothing attitude. It may also help if you’re not claustrophobic. Trash can lids and helmet lights are nice but optional. A small wooded bridge spans the concrete storm wash where the activities take place. Looking to the right as you pass you get your first glimpse of the “the tube” bisecting the wash wall at a very acute angle that almost looks unintentional by design. No crowd, some interested locals looming, “park the van here” JP instructs Rick…“This is the place!”
At first I thought Johnny was jerkin’ us but he remained serious and went right to work making the preliminary preparations. Before we knew it Marvin, David and I were installing extra clothing over our own as “Protection”, we were directed. I was laughing the whole time in an attempt to hide my obvious fear. “And don’t forget your helmet!” JP beckons. What in the hell am I letting him talk me into this time…
All Photos by: Rick Twomey
Photo Editing by: Mel Stoutsenberger
Story by: Mel Stoutsenberger
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rappensuncleMember Since 01 Jun 2007
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