Day Trip - Road Trip - July 27th, 2010Last Tuesday, on a rare Tuesday off work, hubby and I hit the road for San Francisco. It is our go to place. He knows his way around, we have our favorite places to eat, and stop, so it is usually a no stress fun time. This time it was Destination Golden Gate Bridge. We had an easy drive into The City, we crossed The Bay Bridge
drove around the Wharf (Fisherman's Wharf). Pretty soon after getting there, we
found a place to park and walked out on a long pier with great views of The City
and Alcatraz. It was overcasty, windy but not too cold.
From where we parked it seemed that if we trekked (walked) up the road a bit to Fort Mason,
then we'd have a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. So up the green and lush road we went. This is in
the Fort Mason Historic District. We headed back
to the car after our little
From the Fort Mason area we went over to The Crissy Field area of the Presidio. We parked and were just amazed at how not crowed it was. We hung out at the beach, had some lunch at a little deli. We took some photos of The Bridge, each other, and had a great time. The sun came out or I should say the clouds burned off. We didn't want to miss our chance for photos of the Bridge in the Sun, so we drove a bit more to see it up close and personal. You can see how bright it was getting.
I really wanted to walk on the Bridge. After all these years of driving over it and looking at it, I really wanted to set my feet on it. The San Francisco side of the Bridge has a nice tourist spot. It is set in garden-y paths of flowers and shrubbery, and there is a statue of Joseph Strauss, the engineer. The suspension part of The Bridge is 4200 ft. It was the longest in the world for a long time.
I won't go into all the facts of The Bridge but there is a great write up on Wiki.
I was not afraid to go on the Bridge until I was ON the Bridge.It moved a bit, (LOT)... and well I looked down. It was overwhelming how high it was. Also I thought there was fencing around all of it. NOPE... just a drop down into the San Franciso Bay. So we walked to the first Tower so I could look up straight up and then we headed back. "honey, I think I have seen enough here.." The view was breath taking and but I was overwhelmed. I managed to snap a few photos, but not so much. The amount of foot traffic and bike traffic was tremendous!
A View of the Coastline from the Bridge.
Our next mission was to drive over the Bridge to Marin County and view the Bridge from the other side(s).
We went around the Marin Headlands to Point Bonita. There is a light house at the tip of the point. We had a(.5) mile walk down to it. We got to the tunnel section and the Light House was closed. It was easy going down, and a bit of a different story coming back.
It was refreshing and fun. I'll take exercise with a view anytime! The view of the Bridge was great, and the clear visibility out to the Pacific Ocean was spectacular! There was still a little blooming Ice Plant on the Hills.At the very tip of the Point is the Light House.
Back to the car for
the final ascent to the hill where we could get the best view of the Bridge.
And it was awesome. The pictures do not describe how daunting that Bridge
looks as it seems to just pop out and over the mountain. It is gorgeously eerie
and so worth the windy, cliffy trek up from Point Bonita. The view of the
Bridge with The City behind it was awesome
I took a ton more pictures but these are some that describe the journey the best. After soaking in the view and the Bridge, we got into the car and drove back over the Bridge and into the City to have a coffee in Ghiradelli Square. It was five o'clock traffic, but really it wasn't so bad. I couldn't help but sing, "when the lights go down in the City and the sun shines on the Bay.... oooo.." Poor poor husband. Dinner was on Pier 39 at the Pier Market for dinner. We dined outside under heaters on Jumbo Shrimp Cocktails and Fish and Chips. This is what I call a good day. There is a bit more inspiration behind the days journey that includes a bit of knitting. No Joke!! I will share that in another blog post. Have a great week.
**** for those actually reading, please excuse the messed up font. I have spent a crazy amount of time trying to fix it. Typepad is not my friend tonight.