So often we forget to take advantage of the beauty that surrounds us close to home. We travel across the country or around the world to check these bucket list must-see's off our list and forget to enjoy what's in our own backyard. I'm guilty of this! A few weeks back I realized in a panic that I had not walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. The nightly news was reporting New Orleans Saints fans, coming in for the NFC playoff game, were making it their first stop. That did it for me. :-)
And so it was that in January hubby and our youngest son (22 yrs.) set out. It was a cool and crisp Sunday morning; the sun appeared and disappeared at the will of the clouds but I smiled from ear to ear the whole way across and back. It was a blast to the senses - the noise of the cars flying past in the lanes; the brisk chilly breeze tossing my hair and slapping my cheeks; the views, oh, you can't imagine the views!; my wobbly knees as I got anywhere near the railing to dare to look down to the water below; one particular dancing (loose) streetlight post kept things thrilling; the beautiful and familiar San Francisco skyline under a January morning sky; the rowing team slipping under the bridge - it was all exhilarating. I took a few pictures. It's about 3.5 miles across and back and I highly recommend it. It turns out they are sprucing things up for the 75th anniversary which I believe is in March.
When I was little I remember my grandmother telling me that people walked across the GGB when it first opened. I want to say she walked across, too, but I may have that confused with the opening of the Bay Bridge.
It's a holiday weekend for many. Go do something you've been meaning to do. Enjoy!