Over 80 intrepid hikers braved the rain to join our fearless leader, Tom Dalzell, on a tour of North Berkeley quirk — chain saw bears, one topiary giraffe, a giant orange, living roof, and some huge ceramic figures were among the treasures spotted. Tom even supplied a support van that followed our parade with treats and water. Thanks all for coming out!
Photos by Colleen Neff
Thanks Neil Mishalov for sending in these great shots of the hikers on today’s Whole Berkeley Walk (Part 2). And congratulations to all 23 of you who have completed the first two (of six) walks in this series that will cover every path in Berkeley.
The Quirky Berkeley walk set for Sunday Feb 9 has been cancelled due to rain. It has been rescheduled for Sunday March 2.
Quirky Berkeley – Northeast Hills (Rescheduled to new date)
Date: Sunday, March 2, 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Tom Dalzell
Meeting place: Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Avenue at Berryman Street
Transit: AC Bus #18, 67 or 7
Level: Medium Easy * Pace: Moderate
Description: Following in the wake of the popular south side Quirky Berkeley walk this past summer, we’re now off to discover the quirky side of northeast Berkeley. We promise lots of examples of Berkeleyans expressing their individualism through art, architecture, creative foliage and much, much more. We’ll begin at Live Oak Park and head up the hill in search of the eccentricities that make Berkeley, well Berkeley. The walk will cover just under 4 miles and we will take a break midway at Dorothy Bolte Park. Well-behaved dogs on leash permitted. Heavy rain cancels.
Our fearless leaders, Zeke and Jacob (both 12), at the end of the Whole Berkeley Part 1 hike yesterday in the North Berkeley hills. Over 70 walking enthusiasts turned out for the first of 6 planned walks to be led by Jacob and Zeke that together will cover every path in Berkeley. Over the summer, the two boys walked every path in Berkeley in one day (over 36 miles in 13 1/2 hours). Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 23rd at 11:30am, meeting near the Live Oak Park Community Center. Thanks boys for the great day!
Thanks, Neil Mishalov for these photos:
Today, Mayor Tom Bates (linebacker on the last Cal team in the Rose Bowl) and his wife state senate member Loni Hancock watch as former city council member Betty Olds cuts the ribbon dedicating Betty Olds Path in the North Berkeley hills. Betty was a fantastic Path supporter; without her the BPWA would never have been so successful. Susan Wengraf, Betty Olds’ successor on the council, also attended. This path, formerly named Twain Path, was built with community labor and community donation. See Berkeleyside article.