San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge

Last week my husband and I had the opportunity to road trip down to California.  We spent a day and a half in San Francisco.  We did a lot of walking and a lot of eating and took a lot of pictures!  I plan on sharing more pictures of our trip with you eventually, but I wanted to start with the most iconic structure of San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Pictured above is the Golden Gate Bridge next to our own bridge, the Tacoma Narrows.  The Golden Gate was built 3 years prior to the first Narrows Bridge which collapsed soon after it was built.  (The Narrows bridge we see today was built 3 years later and it's sister bridge was not built until 2007.)  The Golden Gate Bridge is just under 2 miles and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is just over 1 mile long.  Wonder why the Golden Gate is so much more famous?  As a photographer I immediately think that it is just because of it's complimentary color with the blue water and sky!  Others say that it may have something to do with the fact that it is the tenth largest suspension bridge in the world and because it was built during the Great Depression though. 

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The Navy wanted to paint the Golden Gate Bridge with Yellow and Black stripes.  I am so glad they did not get their way!  The structure seems so much more beautiful in it's bright red/orange hue!

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