The “Greenhouse”

Went on a little 6hr urbex adventure yesterday.  One of the first places we explored was a place I affectionately call “The Greenhouse”.  I’m sure you can tell why, from the pics below 🙂  In its Hay Day, this building that now sits in shambles, was once a bustling Heat Treating Company.

Now the factory floor which I’m sure was full of activity, is now covered with assorted foliage and home to a few homeless people who are very protective of their shelter.  On our way in, we chatted with a transient who resides in this building.  He wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to disturb his wife who was sleeping inside of their make shift home, in the back corner.  We promised to be respectful and entered with his blessing 🙂

SFFD – China Basin Fire

The hubby and I were out and about yesterday on our way to San Francisco for some night shots, that he needed for a photography competition, when we stumbled across this huge 5-alarm fire in China Basin, down the street from AT&T park.  We first noticed the black smoke rising up from the city skyline, driving down 880 toward Oakland, on our way to 80/Bay Bridge.  The fire had been blazing for a little over an hour by the time we got across the bridge and into SF.  Luckily we were able to get close enough to feel mist from the firefighter’s water hoses and see/feel the ash fall, all around us.  It was hot and smelt like the 4th of July or a campfire.

Huge props to the San Francisco Fire Department for doing such a tireless and heroic job, putting out this blaze. Hope the firefighter that got hurt, will be better soon.

Abandoned Steel Company

Ok…so, if you have seen one of my previous posts Caught By The Man this was the place we got caught exploring lol.  The abandoned steel company!  Again…thank goodness the police were so nice and let us go 🙂

Anywho, this place is huge and most definitely awesome.  We parked at a dead end street, up a tiny hill (a.k.a mound of dirt lol) walked through shrubs and along train tracks for what seemed to be forever, climbed through a hole in the fence that surrounded the parking lot and finally entered in through a broken door the back (all the while, careful to watch out for the property’s security patrol).

The first part of the building (pictured here —>) was a large warehouse with super tall ceilings and the most amazing pools of [green] water that glistened with the sun!  It was so beautiful.  I think I could have sat there for hours, blogging or eating a sandwich or writing in my journal.  It was so quiet and unusually peaceful.  But the boys were trotting along ahead, WITHOUT ME I might add 😦  So I had to quit lagging behind and catch up, before I lost them in this huge place.

We kept walking and ventured on into another part of this warehouse, where I found an office.  Most definitely in shambles, but still very cool looking.  It still amazes me, even after so many explores, that we still come across confidential papers, just left behind by the companies.  I’ve found papers with peoples names, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and all kinds of other personal information…stuff like, hiring records, books and binders galore, not to mention all kinds of other work/office/medical related papers.  It’s crazy!!!

But back to the explore…lol.  After these first few photographs were shot, we got spotted by “the man” haha.  After a brief photographing intermission, we continued on our way, to the offices I spotted toward the back of the building.  WOW!  They were definitely worth a scolding by the law. I think we spent another hour or two, exploring the 2 floors of these offices.

Check out all of the pics from this adventure, below 🙂