Once we got over to the building we saw the sun bursting through the open doorway and we just stood there awestruck. It was an incredible and paralyzing moment.
Mistake #1: Ignoring the line of duct tape spread from wall to wall to block off the area.
Mistake #2: Breaking the major rule of abandoned exploring: Not adequately testing the ground ahead of you.
I figured that since we were outside that it would be fine and the only thing I would have to worry about was nails/other sharp objects (that would have been covered by snow anyway). What didn't register with me at the time was that this area was part of the original building that had since been demolished. This meant that we were walking over a shallow basement area. So to cut to the chase, I wasn't too lucky and I ended up stepping on a part where there was no support beam and only a light Styrofoam type material... and I fell through. It was only about a 5 1/2 foot drop, but on the way down I banged my knee on a pipe and fell on my back. It doesn't seem like anything crazy, but when you fall through a floor you don't know how far you're going to drop and that's frikkin scary.
After I managed to climb out of that gross hell hole we promptly booked it. After finally getting out of the other end of the building I noticed that my GoPro fell out of my pocket. I rushed back to look for it but it was dark and I had a shitty flashlight. I decided that the best option was to just go back the next day.
Thanks for reading! I think photography is more than just photos and I enjoy sharing stories like this one.