The weather that day was chilly, but it was actually clear enough to see for miles from the bridge. This can be a rare occurrence in San Francisco, as both Nike Women's Half Marathons I have done it was to foggy to see the bridge, even though we ran just feet away from it. My runDisney friend, Denise, meet me at the race expo and she drove us to the bridge. We parked at Presidio and walked to the Golden Gate Bridge welcome center. Then we were bridge bound!
|Marin County side. I love the shadow on the water!|
The Golden Gate bridge was completed in 1937, just at the end of the Great Depression. It is 1.7 miles long and is about 240 feet about the San Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate bridge is a famous world wide, both for her majesty and
beauty. People come from all over the world to see it. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world for many years.
The views from the bridge were breathtaking! Just a few steps in, you can see the city of San Francisco on the right. The first thing I noticed was how loud and windy it was up there! Several lanes of traffic were zipping by in both directions. The wind was so strong! I was glad I had my hair in tight french braids and that I had my Team in Training hoodie with me. The two main tower of the bridge looked like they went up and up for forever. One thing that really surprised me about bridge itself was just how wide the main cables are. Those things must be 5-6 feet wide! I reach my hand up and touched one. I could not keep my hands off of that amazing, international orange piece of Pennsylvania steel.
Denise and I reached the Marin County side of the bridge and turn around. That is when the best views
could be seen. We could watch San Francisco the whole walk back. At each of the two bridge towers are observations areas. We stopped for a while and took some pictures. I could see Alcatraz, the port of San Francisco, and the hilly San Francisco skyline. The view its self was worth the flight to San Francisco.
|Photo borrowed from Wikipedia|
My trip to the Golden Gate Bridge was an amazing experience! I am so glad I finally got to do it. Our trip to the bridge came to an end at the Golden Gate Bridge visitors center. For $1, guests can buy an official "I walked the bridge" postcard. The postcards are numbered and stamped with the date. I think its the perfect keepsake for such an amazing experience!
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