I have lived in California my whole life. Most of that time was spent less then 50 miles from San Francisco. However, as many times as I visited my favorite city, I never did more then just drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.
I decided that the best way for me to really get some nice photos of the beautiful towers of the bridge was to walk under them.
I was visiting San Francisco with a friend of mine and her fifteen year old daughter. I asked her daughter if she would like to walk with me across the bridge. I wasn't sure if she would want to but I was nicely surprised to hear her say yes. I knew her Mom would not do it with me but she did ride with us on the day we decided to do the walk.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning and I think that every person who has ever been to San Francisco decided to do the same thing. I tried parking on the San Francisco side of the bridge but to no avail. Every parking space was occupied and there were countless cars driving around doing the same thing I was, desperately trying to park. On top of that it took forever to get away from the parking lot and on to the road going across the bridge.
Well after driving across with all the other cars I finally got to the parking lot on the Marin county side of the bridge. I am really not sure how many times I circled the parking lot frantically looking for a space. I do know that my car almost got run over by a huge tourist bus. I am thinking the name on the bus was "Big Bus." It fit perfectly and it was very scary for all of us. It was one of those times that had us biting our nails but laughing about it later. Sadly we never got a parking space and we didn't get to walk across the bridge.
The next day, my friend and her daughter went home. I also had to go home but I decided to take one more chance to see if I could find a parking space and make that walk. It was Monday but there still was no parking on the San Francisco side of the bridge. However, this time I was lucky because I found parking on the other side. I was all by myself and a bit nervous but still determined to walk the bridge.
It was a long walk and it was windy but I was ecstatic. I was actually walking across the bridge. I have always loved it and to be able to look up at the towers and not worry about getting in to a car accident while doing it, was just the best feeling. I passed many other walkers as well as a lot of people on bicycles. Since I tend to be a motor mouth I also managed to talk to quite a few people. Some probably had no idea what I was saying to them because I had no clue what their responses were. Quite a few people were from other countries. I did have to dodge the bicycles because they had a tendency to take over the walk way.
When I was finally on my way back home I had many thoughts about my experience and, even though I was tired, I had no regrets about that wonderful walk. Many of my friends told me that they had never done this and wanted to. I had to smile because I have the photos to prove that I did it!