Archive | March, 2012

#26 Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge

5 Mar

Well, I guess I’m failing at my New Year’s resolution (post to my blog right after completing an experience) because I actually checked this one off over Christmas break…oops.

My mom used my list to get ideas for Christmas presents and also for ideas of things to do while I was at home for the week in between Christmas and New Year’s. We kept busy the whole time I was home with one activity after another, which was fantastic!

One day we decided it would be fun to drive to San Francisco and check number 26 off the list. My mom and I got up early, hopped in the car and made our way to the City by the Bay. Two hours later we had found a secret parking area, bundled up in our winter coats and were all set to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

It should be noted that when I put this on my list I thought this was a big undertaking, but come to find out that the bridge is only 1.7 miles long and everyone from toddlers to grandparents walk across it. Regardless, we set out to cross the bridge.

After stopping for a ton of photos and dodging bikes and slow pedestrians, we reached the Marin County Line sign, meaning we were officially leaving San Francisco.

When we reached the other side, we headed up to the viewing platform to get a few more photos. 🙂

And check our BlackBerry’s. 🙂

After the little rest, we made our way back across the bridge and encountered this very helpful sign.

Once safely back on the San Francisco side, we contemplating buying these t-shirts, but then decided a photo would suffice.

Some fun facts I learned during our trip:

  • Length of main span – 4,200 ft.
  • Length of one cable – 7,650 ft.
  • Diameter of one cable – 36 3/8 in.
  • Number of wires in one cable – 27,572
  • Total wire used – 80,000 miles
  • Weight of cable – 24,500 tons
  • Height of towers above water – 746 ft.
  • Depth of tower piers below water – 110 ft.

If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco I highly recommend this outing. It’s something everyone can enjoy while getting great views of the city and experiencing one of the California’s most iconic structures.

Thanks for the awesome day mom!

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