Wait a minute. Why wasn’t I the one being invited on awesome subterranean adventures? What is this special power James Rice possesses?
This trip was partly a research mission to get me photos for my other other webcomic, Smithson, which has scenes set in underground campus tunnels much like these. My original inspiration was my own alma mater, Vassar College, which has old steam tunnels as well as other odd semi-secret passageways. The restroom on my floor in sophomore year had a tunnel that went under the roof to a restroom on the opposite end of the building, which was exciting if you were me. But I guess Caltech’s steam tunnels have a rich and storied history, so James leapt at John Wells’s kind invitation.
My turn next!