Sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, just before sunset from San Francisco Bay on the eastern side of the bridge; Fort Point is visible in the anchorage of the bri

Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, just before sunset from San Francisco Bay on the eastern side of the bridge; Fort Point is visible in the anchorage of the bridge on the San Francisco (southern) side of the bridge

 

“The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide (1.6 km), one-point-seven-mile-long (2.7 km) channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  The structure links the American city of  San Francisco, California – the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – to Marin Count, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait.  The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The Frommer’s travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as ‘possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.’  It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,280 m).” — Wikipedia

 

Looking northwest at sunset towards the Marin County Headlands on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA; the town of Sausalito is just to the right of this p

Looking northwest at sunset towards the Marin County Headlands on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA; the town of Sausalito is just to the right of this photograph

 

Looking up at the one mile long (1.6 kilometers) suspended bridge deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, as we sailed underneath

Looking up at the one mile long (1.6 kilometers) suspended bridge deck of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, as we sailed underneath, heading out through the “Golden Gate” strait into the Pacific Ocean, looking back at the western portion of the city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset; San Francisco, CA, USA

 

Looking back (to the east) at the full suspension section of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA; Alcatraz Island is visible in the center, the new cable splay section of the

Looking back (to the east) at the full suspension section of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA; Alcatraz Island is visible in the center, the new cable splay section of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge is visible just to the left of the GGB’s right side tower, and the city of San Francisco is on the right

 

From Joseph P. Strauss’ (chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA) The Mighty Task is Done that was written upon the completion of the construction of the bridge in May 1937:

At last the mighty task is done;

Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.

On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all — the sea.

To north, the Redwood Empire’s gates;
‘To south, a happy playground waits,
in Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.

Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet ne’er its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.

Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.

An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.

High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below life’s restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.

 

A close up view of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, from the east as we sailed through the “Golden Gate” strait into the Pacific Ocean; Alcatraz Island is visible on t

A close up view of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA, from the east as we sailed through the “Golden Gate” strait into the Pacific Ocean; Alcatraz Island is visible on the left side, the new cable splay section of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge is visible to the right of the GGB’s cable tower and Fort Point is nestled under the arch of the bridge’s anchorage on the right side of the photograph

 

Navigators beginning with England_s Sir Francis Drake in the 1500s through the Spanish in the 19th century sailed by the Golden Gate Strait

Navigators beginning with England’s Sir Francis Drake in the 1500s through the Spanish in the 19th century sailed by the Golden Gate Strait (the opening between Marin County, to the north (on the left) and San Francisco, on the south (right side)) AND NEVER DISCOVERED THAT THE STRAIT WAS THE OPENING TO THE AMAZING (AND LARGE) SAN FRANCISCO BAY TO THE EAST — mostly due to the fog normally blanketing the strait all summer; the strait, since 1937, has been crossed by the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

At the Golden Gate talks about the redeeming quality that the Golden Gate has on the poet, who witnesses the views almost as a religious mirage. Passionate about travel, journalist and play writer Henry Morford also felt captivated by the beauty of the Golden Gate and wrote about it long before the Bridge was built.  This ode to the channel where the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean meet dates back to 1862, and speaks to the beauty of the region in a way few other have. – written by Alexia Gavrill, www.theculturetrip.com

“The Golden Gate, indeed! where cliffs stand sentry,
And mountains heavenward lift their giant forms,
And western gales make rough and dangerous entry
To havens that shut away the wildest storms”

 

Quite unusual for late June, only a few whispers of fog were drifting in at sunset towards the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA; normally the Golden Gate is completely hidden i

Quite unusual for late June, only a few whispers of fog were drifting in at sunset towards the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA; normally the Golden Gate is completely hidden in the dense summer fog

 

Entering the Pacific Ocean at sunset to head north towards British Columbia, Canada, leaving the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA, USA behind us

Entering the Pacific Ocean at sunset to head north towards British Columbia, Canada, leaving the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA, USA behind us

 

 

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