Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Golden Gate Bridge Snapshots

I know we already have tons of photos of the Golden Gate Bridge on the site, but you haven't seen it from this angle. Instead of cruising under the bridge or viewing it from afar we decided to walk across it.

We walked from Fort Point Lookout at the southern end of the bridge to Vista Point and back. At Fort Point Lookout there is a statue of Joseph Strauss, who designed the bridge and was its chief engineer.
This is a rare photo of Tony. He hates having his photo taken as much as I do so this is the most commonly photographed view of him.
The towers are huge!
Just in case ...
We had a great view across to San Francisco.

In this photo you can see:

  • Bay Bridge, the double-deck bridge that links San Francisco and Oakland
  • Coit Tower on top of Telegraph Hill
  • The Transamerica Pyramid
  • Fort Mason
North of the bridge is Horseshoe Bay. Nestled in the bay are the buildings of Fort Baker and the rocks known as "The Needles".
Under the northern end of the bridge is Lime Point Lighthouse. It is still operational but is not open to the public. Lime Point Lighthouse is one of three lighthouses that guide ships through the Golden gate - the second is at Fort Point, under the southern end of the bridge, and the third is on Alcatraz.
I don't understand why every time we go out Tony carries nothing but I carry a 20 or 30-litre day pack. And it's all essentials - our jackets, my glasses, sunscreen, Tony's books for the train and camera gear.
This photo was taken from the gift shop balcony at the southern end of the bridge.

The return walk was 3.4 miles - about 5.5km.

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