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Lake Merritt to Piedmont thru "Narnia's Closet" passage:lovely neighborhood walk
(REPEATED EVENT BECAUSE OF THE LONG WAIT-LISTS at the previous 2 times... If you came to it before, you might want to skip this one because it'll be identical) Beautiful neighborhoods and comfortable walking! (roughly in the style of Alina's walks; maybe a hair slower.) I looooove walking, and am very familiar with the Lake Merritt/Piedmont area. Why not share my magical spots with the lovely people of this group? :) The last 2 walks were fantabulous in terms of the people, the architecture, the landscaping, and even amazing scents of jasmine and orange blossoms. By coincidence, we happened to walk by some adorable little kids doing a potato-sack race - providing a friendly audience for them! And an almost-full moon rose above a hill we were just climbing. We also got figs from a friendly neighbor. Great vibes all around! MEETING: in FRONT OF (*NOT* INSIDE) the "Leaning Tower of Pizza", which is a short block from Lake Merritt. [498 Wesley Ave, Oakland.] Parking is moderately good: just go uphill away from the lake (often good parking on nearby Cleveland Ave.) If you don't drive, it's a doable walk/Uber from the Lake Merritt BART (1.3 miles away), or post for ride shares. THE PLAN: We'll leave shortly thereafter on a walk connecting to Park Blvd... and then the magic happens: we'll enter "Narnia's Closet", a freeway underpass that takes us into the phenomenally beautiful neighborhoods of Piedmont! After meandering in the wonderful Piedmont, we'll eventually reach Lakeshore Ave and complete the loop. THE LENGTH: about 2.5 miles, light/moderate uphill, comfortable pace. THE SIGHTS/SMELLS: fascinating architecture/landscaping and jasmine/orange blossom scents. NO DOGS, please. Event is NOT dog-friendly. RESTROOMS: available at the initial meeting place, and near the end of the loop (we'll go past Trader Joe's and other establishments on the way back) FOOD - BEFORE: If you're coming from work, so starved that you can't even remember your name (not good for introducing yourself, haha), you could arrive 10 mins earlier and strengthen up with a slice of fairly-good pizza at the establishment we're using as a landmark. FOOD - AFTER: Optionally, at the end of the walk, there are opportunities for pretty good pizza as well as excellent Indian, Sushi, Thai, Greek and Ethiopian restaurants, all reasonably-priced, within easy walking distance. (Yes, this neighborhood is a mecca for foodies!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WHO AM I? At your service, Julian here, sometimes with my lovely friend Goli as co-host. I've led Meetups for this group in the past, including this particular walk route, and also used to run two hiking groups, including the "infamous" Trailblazers, whose slogan was "tell us your hiking fantasy... and we'll try to make it come true!" In terms of walking/leading style, I believe I'm similar to Alina (but perhaps walk a shade slower.) Looking forward to seeing you at this event! :) ~Julian IMPORTANT RSVP NOTE: A limit is being set to keep the group size manageable: a lovely group, not a "tour bus"! I believe that the group policy is that if you sign up to attend, you will be *counted on* to show up. Many people missed the previous events because of no-shows who hogged up spaces. So pleeeease keep your RSVP up to date to reflect your intentions to join us!

Leaning Tower of Pizza

498 Wesley Avenue · Oakland, CA

What we're about

Bay Area Anything Active is a Meetup group focused on anything that makes you move! Hiking, bicycling, camping, backpacking, running, kayaking, swimming, surfing, rock climbing, bouldering, bungee jumping, mountaineering, sports—if it can be done with a group, it can be done with BAAA!

For some events, you may be advised and expected to have a certain level of physical ability and stamina to participate in the activity. There are inherent risks with any active sport or activity. By participating in Bay Area Anything Active events, you agree that you are solely responsible for your own safety at all times. You are solely responsible for preparing for events you attend and having the skill sets required for any activity.

Attendance Policy
Please RSVP to events only if you plan on attending. Be sure to update your RSVP if your attendance plans change, and avoid last-minute changes whenever possible.

3 Strikes for No Shows: Members who RSVP yes and do not show up to 3 events may be subject to removal and/or banning from the group.

Dog/Pet Policy
With the exception of service animals which are always welcome, dogs are permitted at events only if expressly permitted by the event host. For the safety and comfort of members, dogs should be leashed at all times.

Child Policy
There are no special accommodations made for kids (i.e., they need to keep up... although a lot of times we are the ones who need to keep up with them :) It is your responsibility to read the event description and decide whether the activity is suitable for your kids.

RSVP Limit for Some Events
RSVP limits are at the discretion of the event organizer. Big groups can be hard to manage and at times not all that fun for organizers and attendees alike. Please respect the RSVP limit and understand that organizers are volunteers - events have to be fun for us or else we have no reason to keep doing this.

Gender/Age Preference for Some Events
Some events may be tailored to a specific gender/age range (e.g., a women-only backpacking trip or a 20's and 30's hike). This makes it easier for members to meet fellow adventurers who share similar interests. BAAA was founded with members of a 20- and 30-somethings hiking group in the East Bay, but we have since expanded to become a comprehensive activities group.

Fee-Based Events
Most events are free of charge, and our preference is to keep them that way. Meetup events with fees are allowed only when the fee is justified (to cover reservations, gear rental, etc.). Event hosts are not compensated for their time organizing and leading events; they are 100% volunteers.

No Soliciting
Please do not promote your business/ product/ service/ fundraiser or fee-based event of any kind to group members or organizers. This restriction includes yoga classes, climbing workshops, salsa lessons, run/walk fundraisers, product/app launches, etc. Anything and everything that is promotional is not appropriate for this group. We encourage all members to suggest and host events, but if you keep suggesting promotional events or discussions you will be banned from the group. The group does not accept sponsorships and does not promote any products, services, or causes. There is absolutely NO marketing to members—no exceptions. Organizers will not answer soliciting messages.

If you have questions about an upcoming event, please contact the event's host/organizer. If you have general questions about BAAA, please contact Alina. Thank you!

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