As a wee lad growing up in the suburbs of Albany, NY, my curiosity frequently led me to some remarkable places. These adventures are typically preceded by the still often asked questions: Where does that go? What’s on the other side of that structure? What’s in there? These discoveries, the majority of which were on hot summer days…days without a care in the world…a care of needing to be somewhere, having to do homeworking, and most significantly…a care of getting caught.
Yet, these magical places where time stood still would inevitably find their demise…victims of strip malls, roads, and McMansions.
I soon realized they should be given some sort of honor…to document whatever they had left to give before their final gasp….therefore R.U.S.E. was born.
What is R.U.S.E.?
Rural, Urban, and Suburban Exploration encompasses virtually all areas that may contain those “special” places. Upon researching some of these locations, I quickly realized what a vast sub-culture existed of urban explorers…people who had an abundance of knowledge, gear, and guts to permeate some of the most intriguing and inaccessible locations.
However, in my years of exploring the hidden gems of suburban Albany, and eventually a decade of discovery in the Catskills, I figured…why limit myself to just urban areas when these outlying areas are just as susceptible?