Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Golden Gate Bridge

With MT at San Francisco Bridge

It was raining for days but on my last day at San Francisco, CA,  I was lucky to have a great weather.  My good friend, Maria was so kind to take a leave and take me to the Golden Gate Bridge with her niece and nephew and  other relatives. 

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge and is acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful bridges. The tower has a sweeping main cables and great span.  The Bridge's paint color is orange vermillion, also called international orange.

Me with Maria Queri and her warm and hospitable family

On top of the bridge with Maria and Nene

The Golden Gate Bridge was opened to the public on May 27, 1937.  It will be its 75th year anniversary this May.

Presidio of San Francisco

The Presidio of San Francisco is an amazing park within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The park is characterized by many wooded areas, hills, and scenic vistas overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

Presidio Homes

The Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island  often known as "The Rock" is an island located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison until March 21, 1963.

The view from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge

A Mock-up of the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge Facts :

•Total length: Including approaches, 1.7 miles (8,981 feet or 2,737 m)
•Middle span: 4,200 feet (1,966 m).
•Width: 90 feet (27 m)
•Clearance above the high water (average): 220 feet (67 m)
•Total weight when built: 894,500 tons (811,500,000 kg)
•Total weight today: 887,000 tons (804,700,000 kg). Weight reduced because of new decking material
•746 feet (227 m) above the water
•500 feet (152 m) above the roadway
•Each leg is 33 x 54 feet (10 x 16 m)
•Towers weigh 44,000 tons each (40,200,000 kg).
•There are about 600,000 rivets in EACH tower.

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