It has been awhile since I’ve written anything. Instead of writing, I’ve been immersed in reading! A few of the memorable books I read last year that I would recommend are Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, The Dinner by Herman Koch, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Those range from laugh-out-loud funny to ones that make you think for a long time after you finish the book. Lately, I’ve been in the land of Westeros reading A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, the third installation in the Song of Fire and Ice Series (so far, the best book in the series). Since this is a travel blog, you may want to try one of these books as one of your travel reads. Maybe for a little beach reading which is where I will be in less than a week. But I digress, let’s back track and head west, to one of my favourite cities in California – San Francisco. I have been to San Francisco a few times. I am trying to remember if I’ve actually seen the Golden Gate Bridge on a bright sunny day. I may have but the last couple of times we’ve been, it has been foggy. Our last trip was in August of 2012. It was also the last trip we took with Dad. He passed away a few months after that. So, let’s take a look at that famous suspension bridge that links San Francisco to Marin County.
So why is it called the Golden Gate Bridge? It’s certainly not golden in colour. Well here’s your answer courtesy of the Golden Gate site: “The Bridge’s official hue is not gold but International Orange. The Bridge is actually named for the Golden Gate Strait, the narrow entrance between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. The strait was named by explorer and U.S. Army officer John C. Frémont, who marveled at its beauty in 1846—two years before the discovery of gold in California. In his memoirs, he wrote that he named it Chrysopolae (Golden Gate) because of its similarity to the harbor of Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul), dubbed Chrysoceras (Golden Horn).”
Make sure you check out the historical information located around the southeast visitor area such as those below. But here are some quick facts courtesy of Wikipedia:
- Total Length: 2,737 m or 8,981 ft
- Longest span: 1,280 m or 4,200 ft
- Height: 227 m or 746 ft
- Construction: January 5, 1933 to April 19, 1937
- Opened: May 27, 1937
If you move around this sign, it changes.
If you plan to walk on the bridge, here’s the view that you may see.
The bridge up close; that’s hubby posing with Dad. Notice the Art Deco elements of the south tower.
Dad looking at the construction plaque located on the south face of the south tower. More Art Deco elements on the plaque.
Before you leave, don’t forget to grab a souvenir or two! For more photos of the southeast visitor area, click here.
If you want to do a bit more exploring, here’s a helpful sign we saw located across from the Bridge Round House. At the bottom of this sign, there are suggested activities if you have one to two hours or three to four hours. I would also recommend crossing the bridge and exploring Sausalito.
The one bit of advice I would like to leave you with is this – remember to bring a light sweater or jacket. You never know what the weather is going to be like even in the middle of summer.
A couple more views of the bridge. But click here for shots of the bridge without the fog.