Thursday, November 14, 2013

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

It's been fairly busy here the past few weeks. At the end of October, I got married to the lovely new Mrs. Cormack (I think that her being owner of half of this blog is what sealed the deal for me). It was a crazy, hectic, rainy and amazing day. And when it was over with, we got to head out on our honeymoon trip. We decided to pay a visit to San Francisco. Neither of us had been to California before, so we were eager to fly out west.

Our flight was originally scheduled to leave early in the morning, on the day after the wedding. We groggily woke up at 3:30 and started to get ready, only to find out that our flight was cancelled. The early morning flight had been chosen so we would get into San Francisco and be able to do some sightseeing on our first day. The airline, United, had kindly booked us flights for later that day. But unfortunately it would be a lot later on in the day.

So around the same time we had originally planned on getting into San Francisco, we were instead just boarding the plane in Little Rock. Our new flight plan took us to Denver, but since our plane was delayed we missed our connecting flight. Luckily we had already booked seats on another flight, and made that one without having to sit very long in the terminal. All the airport drama made me feel like I was on The Amazing Race.

But we ended up landing in San Francisco that night, and had our first dinner in California (at an In-N-Out Burger). The next day we woke up and went into full tourist mode, heading towards the Golden Gate Bridge. I have probably seen thousands upon thousands of pictures of this bridge. But it was amazing to see in person.



Looking towards San Francisco...


The bridge is 4,200 feet long, so it's a decent walk across the bridge. It was a nice and pleasant day out there over the Bay.


I took a TON of pictures of this bridge...


Construction on this bridge was completed in 1937, and it's easy to see why it's been a landmark for so long. Makes me wish they still built bridges like this. This is the view looking northeast from the bridge.


The views were amazing; of the Marin Headlands, the city and of the bridge itself.


We walked back across the bridge and then drove around a bit more. We ended up driving by one of the many old army batteries that were placed along the edge of the Bay. This is Battery Godfrey, which was completed in 1895.

It's a neat place, and also has a good view looking back up towards the bridge.


From there we headed out to see a bit more of San Francisco....

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