The last time we've been to Albany Bulb was 4 years ago, so it's time for a another visit. If you haven't been there it has spectacular views and a gritty side. Once a dump site it is now a regional park but the agencies allow renegade art and encampments on the spit of land jutting out into the bay. Unknown artists have built sculptures of found objects, rocks, driftwood, flotsam/jetsam, etc. Then there are the graffiti on rocks, walls, etc. some of it quite interesting. It's about a 3-mile hike round trip from the parking lot. People hike for the views, art, walk their dogs, watch the sail borders, etc. Needless-to-say there might be some conflicts with the encampments and the public but this complements the renegade art and lawlessness of the site. As with all of our meetups we proceed with caution and alertness. This meetup is a good setup for the Petroglyphs meetup next month because we also have to hike a few miles on rough terrain, decide what rock art is worthy and be prepared for the weather.
Another stop is the frontage road and railroad right-of-way of Albany/Berkeley. We'll see a good amount of graffiti, railroad tracks and worn industrial buildings.
The meet-up will consist of 2 stops and the ever popular “Show & Tell” part where we eat/drink/relax and show our recent UrbEx images. The schedule is shoot from 3:00-6p, Show & Tell 6-7p. I’d like to limit the group to 10 members, and a majority should be experienced in past Urban Exploration meet-ups though beginners are always welcome. If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always a few RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date. However, drop-outs within the last week are frowned upon because those on the waiting lists usually have made other plans by then.
The sign-up sequence is: RSVP, pay $3 meetup fee, and then later confirm. About 10 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (full legal name, cell#, emergency contact person and their tel.#) if I don't get it in 3 days you will lose your spot to those waiting. Also, please acknowledge the Release of Liability form in Discussions tab on Home page that you will sign when we meet at the initial gathering point.