Project 52 Update-#16. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge

Frasier claims that Niles is afraid of spiders…then also that he is afraid of heights…then also of crowds
Frasier: You are looking at that rarest of beasts: the arachno-acro-agoraphobe! –Frasier

It’s been far too long since my last check in with the Project 52 crew. Mostly because I had nothing new to report. I was still chipping away at the weekly items on my list, but hadn’t crossed off any of the one timers. Well I’m happy to report that last week I crossed off a big item. A 746ft tall item to be exact. #16. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge

The walk on the bridge was a goal I actually added after the fact. There were a few items on my list that were pure fluff to get the total to 52, and so I removed the “Take a martial arts class” because I don’t think this is something I will ever do this year because there are no good places to take martial arts in our town. I figure walking on the Golden Gate is a total bucket list item and way cooler. 🙂 Also Karen gave us all the green light for substitutions so I feel way less guilty.

We decided to go to SF on Wednesday to escape the heat in the east bay. Well we not only escaped it, but we went on a day when the famous San Francisco fog decided to cover the bridge in a giant blanket. It’s under there, I promise!

Taking our first steps across.

A word of caution to someone who may be going to walk the bridge one day: if you are as afraid of heights as I am-DO.NOT.LOOK.DOWN!

I was terrifed! Also, the bridge vibrates from all of the cars zooming on and off it constantly and this didn’t do anything for my nerves. But I swallowed my fear as best I could and did what any good blogger would do: take lots of pictures!

I felt better having Match there with me. I love that you can’t tell I look freaked out in this picture.

Here you can see a little bit of the fear. See how I’m white knuckling that column? I did NOT want to let go.

Walking on the bridge with Match made me feel secure, except that he kept pulling me over to let the bicyclists pass. Those jerks were riding by so fast! It was extremely annoying. I don’t think they should be allowed. Or they should have the bikes on the other side of the bridge in their own lane. Match kept laughing because every time he pulled me I freaked because I thought he was fake pulling me over the railing. The wind was also blowing like crazy and I was convinced that if I got too close to the railing I would blow over.

Can you believe those cables hold up this enormous bridge? I know there are a lot of them, but I just find that amazing. They aren’t that thick, and it’s crazy to think they hold up something so huge. Oh, and PS no one ever goes only 45 on the bridge. Crazy drivers!

Until you’ve walked on the bridge, it’s hard to appreciate how truly massive it is. It’s pretty amazing to see in person.

While I was very scared, I’m so glad I walked on the bridge. It was a great experience and I may even repeat it…someday.

I also wanted to say a big THANK YOU to my sweet Match for buying me a super late birthday gift, a new digital camera casio. It took amazing pictures and I’m loving my new toy!