Ok moving on to the Golden Gate Bridge trip. Workampers Dale and Sandy Lieber that we worked with in Mesa this past winter took a job in Gualala CA off Highway 1 in the redwoods so we made plans to visit them and take in the bridge along the way. We approached the bridge from the North.
We actually never drove over the bridge but took the last exit before going into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. There are many stop off points for viewing the bridge which we took advantage of.
Looking at San Francisco through the Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge and has been declared one of the 10 wonders of the world and is also the most photographed bridge in the world. Construction began on January 5, 1933 at a cost of $35 million and was finished by April 1937. The color of the bridge is officially an orange vermillion called international orange and was selected because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge's visibility in fog.
Looking to your left you will see Alcatraz and looking to the west is the Pacific ocean.
I personally would not want to live in San Francisco as the weather is cool, windy and you have a 50/50 chance that there will be fog.
In the recreation park there are several gun batteries that you can visit along the way. One we found interesting was Construction 129 which in the end was never used.
You will walk through this tunnel
Moving on we drove winding twisting roads along the rocky shore line to reach Muir Beach, which was a play on words as far as I was concerned, wheres the sandy beach?
Muir Beach Overlook
To the Left
To the Right
From this point we stayed on the famous Highway 1 headed to Gualala. It is a beautiful drive but I don't think there is one mile of a straight away. Mark did a fine job of driving but it may not have been so enjoyable for him as he couldn't take his eyes off the road for a second or we could have ended up in the ocean!
As we approached Bodega Bay to have some dinner we finally saw a sandy beach but I have to tell you again the temps were 57 and cloudy. Doesn't sound like beach weather to me.
Completely different from the eastern shoreline of NC but very beautiful.
Oh I almost forgot, one other thing you have to look out for when traveling Highway 1 is free range cattle.
The next day we got up with Sandy and Dale Lieber at Gualala River Redwood Park.
Mark is standing inside of several trees then I entered and took this picture which is my favorite.
The water was so clear but so cold.
Dave showed us some beautiful Abalone shells that he had gotten during their stay.
Abalone is not found on the east coast and can't be fished south of San Francisco Bay. Abalone may only be taken using breath-hold techniques or shore picking; scuba diving for abalone is strictly prohibited. A driver with a abalone stamp card has a quantity limit of three per day and 24 per year. Note the tag on the left, it states the exact day and time of the catch.
Later we drove to Manchester State Park and walked on the beach.
Looks cold doesn't it. This was taken around 2pm.
On the way back we stopped at Pt. Arena fishing pier.
We walked on the pier just in time to peek into some lucky fisherman's cooler full of fresh fish.
There were no humpback whales to be seen while we were there but did you know they can live up to 95 years and can stay submerged for 15 minutes.
Thank you Sandy & Dale for a great day and we will see you in September!