One of my main goals for this trip was to wheel across the Golden Gate Bridge. Certain landmarks I have only been able to admire from a distance--the Statue of Liberty, for example--because they aren't Fred-friendly*. Knowing this particular landmark totally welcomed Fred, I was determined to take full advantage of this.
First good view of the Bridge, driving south on Highway 101.
Scenic view from, well, a scenic overlook, with the skyline in the background.
Driving across the Bridge to the south end, where we parked and then...
...prepared to walk across. (Photo by some random French guy. Merci!)
Lovely view looking down at the Bay from the Bridge.
I'm doing it! Slightly uphill both ways, and a bit of a headwind at times, but do-able.
You just knew I had to get a good shot of textures and stuff. Look--rivets! This is the view looking up from the base of one of the suspension towers. (Hey, this visit was so educational--before this, I was calling that the "pointy part" of the Bridge.)
We made it! View from the north end looking back toward the south. Then it was time to head back. Because I know some of you are wondering, the Bridge is 1.7 miles long.
Back at the south end again, ready for a nice big lunch! We really lucked out with a beautiful day and no fog to block our views.
I loved visiting the Bridge. It's a beautiful testament to humankind figuring out a way to conquer a natural barrier in an elegant way. The thought of its actual construction process--despite deep water, swirling tides, strong winds, frequent fog--is quite awe-inspiring.
*For those not in the know, my wheelchair's name is Fred. Thus, places that are wheelchair accessible are "Fred-friendly."