Today is the 75th Anniversary Festival for Golden Gate Bridge. Can you imagine all the change that this bridge has seen? From it’s opening day back in 1937 to today, it has seen it all. Unlike previous anniversary celebrations, this one was not marked by the closing of the bridge to all car traffic so pedestreans could walk across all lanes of traffic. They did close it for about an hour for a fireworks display, but I’ll get to that later.
We started out the day with our friend Misty coming over for breakfast and a little French Open. Sunday was the first day of the two-week long tournament. We enjoyed eggs, fresh fruit, bagels, bacon and some mimosas of course!
After tennis, Dan and I wanted to check out the festival. The Presidio was closed to most auto traffic, except for people that lived there, plus busses and official cars. Since Dan and I don’t live too far from the bridge, we decided to walk over. It is a few miles, but not too hilly. We worked our way through the Presidio to our first sighting of the bridge. She was looking proud and standing tall. They recently opened up some new trail heads and vista points along the coast road. They did a nice job. Before you would just see cars and people sort of everywhere and blocking traffic. Now it is all well manacured and organized.
Next we went up to the bridge vista area on the south side of the bridge. The Golden Gate is 1.7 miles across. After our several mile walk to get there, we were not up for going across and back today. So we took a few photos and worked out way down to Crissy Field and Fort Point.
Fort Point is an old Civil War era fort that chief engineer of the bridge, Joseph Strauss, saved. Many people were proponents of tearing the fort down, but Strauss insisted and it still stands today. When you look above Ft. Point, you can see a mini bridge holding up the bridge above. I like to think of it as a mini GGBridge.
Some of the best views of the bridge, the ocean and of the San Francisco skyline can be found atop Ft. Point. Be prepared for strong winds up there… my hat nearly blew out of the fort!
We left the fort and worked our way down to Crissy Field and the main celebration area. There were music stages, food vendors, and various bridge displays. We popped in the history tent and saw some great old photos of the bridge then and now.
It was getting late in the day and we needed to work our way to Nob Hill to attend our friend Brad’s GGB BBQ party. All this walking/hiking…Dan and I are feeling it in our backs. Sucks getting old. I swear! We were lucky enough to get the last two spots on a very full bus from the Marina and finally showed up at Brad’s place.
Everything is delicious as usual. Brad is a great cook. Ribs, grilled pork chops…yum! Had a few glasses of vino to relax and take the back pain away. Brad and nearly all of the rest of the group wanted to go down to Crissy Field for the fireworks. Admittedly, I too wanted to return to Crissy Field, but my body was arguing with me. We would have to walk down there and likely walk home…that’s about another 7-8 miles total. And the body said no. Luckily you can see the bridge from Brad’s rooftop. He let us stay while he and the others went out. It was just us and his friend Paul…happy as can be we could stay.
The fireworks were amazing. It would have been something special to view them from down there. They kicked them off by lighting this waterfall looking display that ran across the bottom of the bridge. Fireworks booming constantly for about 20 minutes. We were missing the music that was being aired on KFOG. No one in the building thought to bring a radio to the roof. But it didn’t matter. We enjoyed the display and were happy to be able to catch the bus right in front of Brad’s place to take us home.