So, we had this idea…

So, we had this idea – and you know that’s never a good thing – to climb this water tower off of South Main St. (Carpentersville Road and South Main). I don’t remember who came up with this brilliant idea, but it was probably a collective. We parked nearby one dark night and hiked to the tower. I happened to be carrying a camera bag with a tripod hanging off of it and somebody else was carrying a very small bottle of paint and brushes.

The tower is (was?) probably 120 feet tall and really old. The lower portion was draped with large, tangled vines, making navigation really difficult and progress slow. The middle third angled out, making a nice straight shot to the ground if anyone fell and created a great vertigo effect. We summited that tower that night without incident!

This photo is the fruit of that labor. I set up the tripod on the narrow catwalk, mounted the camera (my Pentax ME Super SLR), set the timer and ran around the tower to get into the picture. We held still for probably 6 minutes! We then painted our personal symbols (I’ll have to find that photo), chucked the paint off of the top and retreated. On the way down, I dropped my tripod from fairly high up, but found it undamaged.

This night still goes down as one of the great things I did with Pete and Rich and I have the photo to prove it!

Submitted by Mike V.

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6 Responses

  1. Pretty sure that you just got Richie in trouble… :-)

    April 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  2. Mike V

    We all must pay for our past transgressions ;)

    April 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  3. Tracy

    Mom tries not to think too much about that stuff now that we’re old ;) great pic!

    April 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  4. Mike V

    Indeed. We survived, so that’s all that matters now I suppose :)

    April 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  5. Thanks, Mike. I am SO totally GROUNDED. (About 20 years after the fact.)

    Also – for the record – totally NOT my idea. (At least I’m pretty sure it wasn’t.)

    April 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

  6. Mike V

    Yeah, yeah, sure, sure. You were just an unwitting participant… Ha, ha!

    April 19, 2012 at 1:23 am

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