Old Maps

September 6th, 2012

Once upon a time there were waterholes here.  It’s a long time since then, though, and there’s no sign at all of water from the ground above.  The waterholes once fed a creek, which curved through low lands into magrove-lined waterways, and eventually the river.  This is the remnant of the creek, enclosed and buried.

It’s interesting; I thought for years that I was in the old creek when in an adjacent part of this system, but I was wrong.  The old maps show the path of the old waterways, and this tunnel follows it faithfully.  The two parts of the system merge at a point, and I knew nothing of this section until I floated down the other one evening in a boat, underground, and came to the junction.  Even then, paddling back upstream, it didn’t really occur to me that I had ventured into the enclosed creek; it wasn’t until I entered through a manhole at the other end that that aspect became clearer.

And so, I learnt something new, and pieced a few more bits together about the city in which I live.  And played with lights.  Not a bad way to pass the time.

3 Responses to “Old Maps”

  1. Barnzon 09 Sep 2012 at 12:10 am

    I found the path of the creek in my 1974 ubd. As the boundry line is different in later editions. But i have not travelled it. How you get a boat in???

  2. Redon 10 Sep 2012 at 11:44 am

    Does this eventually become part of Checkmate?
    I’ve been down Checkmate to a point where you find another passage that is full of water but in the opposite direction to the usual section you float out into the river via but know no more..

  3. Svenon 10 Sep 2012 at 11:50 am

    Yep, that’s exactly it!

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