Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!

Since moving to San Francisco in 2009, I’ve been excited to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on its 75th anniversary.

A quarter-century ago, the celebration was so massive that the bridge actually straightened out from the weight of all the people on it.

Alcatraz, Marin, the Golden Gate Bridge and a sunset -- taken from Berkeley Yacht Club
Alcatraz, Marin, the Golden Gate Bridge and a sunset — taken from Berkeley Yacht Club

On May 27, 2012, the city of San Francisco put on a huge celebration for that anniversary. Fireworks were displayed, fleets of ships sailed underneath the Golden Gate, a festival was held at the waterfront and thousands of people crossed the bridge on foot. It did not flatten.

An upward view of the Golden Gate Bridge at Dusk, taken on a Red and White Fleet sunset cruise on July 29, 2010 -- on a date with my wife, Carrie :)
An upward view of the Golden Gate Bridge at Dusk, taken on a Red and White Fleet sunset cruise on July 29, 2010 — on a date with my wife, Carrie :)

So where was I for all of the fun?

Chiang Mai, Thailand, in the middle of another backpacking adventure to destinations still undetermined.

So no, I can’t complain; though, I really do wish I was there to see all the festivities…and to take a few hundred photos.

Baker Beach is a fantastic place to spend a (rare) warm day in San Francisco
Baker Beach is a fantastic place to spend a (rare) warm day in San Francisco

Instead, I shall mark this monumental date by posting these: some of my favorite photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken during two years of living in the city of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge from Buena Vista Park
Golden Gate Bridge from Buena Vista Park

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For more of my favorite photos from the City by the Bay, check out the San Francisco Photography Gallery
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  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    This is such an iconic bridge.  It’s too bad you couldn’t attend the festivities but to be honest being in Thailand isn’t exactly tragic either :)

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Yeah, I’m not really complaining :) A few friends who went to the celebration said it was amazing…once the weather cleared up, that is.