Fog and the Golden Gate Bridge

posted by Sharon December 17, 2013 21 Comments
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Have you been frustrated at wanting to see something that’s hiding? The day we planned to ride bicycles across the famed Golden Gate Bridge, we woke up to a foggy morning. Fog is common in San Francisco, which is surrounded on 3 sides by water. But we wanted to see the bridge while we rode over it. We didn’t want it to be hidden in swirls of mist.

The sun came out, the fog lifted, and we rented bicycles and pedaled toward the bridge. There it is, rising in the clear blue skies. You’ll see an entire fort tucked under one end.

A pleasant surprise was finding a dog park as we approached. The dogs romped in the water, chased each other on the sand, and looked adorable.

This pup named Teddy goes to the park every day. His owner reported that Teddy wore himself out happily playing.

So, on toward the bridge. And then the fog rolled in. The police horse, decked out for the holidays, was not concerned.

We wound up the steep road under the bridge and stood beneath it.

Once on the bridge itself, we could glimpse the top of the 2 towers. Seeing all the rivets of this structure up close is simply awesome.

The sights from the bridge through the fog were surreal.

When the fog lifted, we could take in the beauty of the coastline.

On the other side, we enjoyed views of the bridge for miles.

After lunch in the quaint town of Sausalito, we boarded a ferry to go back to San Francisco. Fog crept in and out the entire way.

We had hoped for a clear day. Then the fog showed up. And you know what? Our ride was so much more interesting because of the changing skies. The bridge appeared and disappeared through the day, but we got plenty of views of the top and the bay below.

Isn’t that just like life? We wish for clear skies, smooth sailing. We dread the foggy times. Just as with our ride across the bridge, though, I appreciate the sunny days much more after struggling through the times when dreariness makes it hard to see.

How about you? Is some area of your life in fog right now? What are you hoping to see more clearly?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The photo of the bridge from the back side is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture BB1.

 

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21 Comments

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Leave It To Davis December 17, 2013 at 5:21 am

Loved this post….both the tour of the bridge and its surroundings, and your insight into life and its foggy times. Great post!

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Cindy M December 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

Thank you for this nice little trip to see the bridge! It’s so gray and cold here in Northern Virginia so it’s a welcome visit. Beautiful shots.

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Pieni lintu December 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

Those foggy shots are so beautiful!

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dalettre December 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

What a wonderful place…and the foggy shots are ahhh-mazing, Sharon!

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theartfuldiva December 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

The fog adds some mystery to your beautiful photos!

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mscarletti December 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Wow! Every shot is just amazing. Love the horse!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin December 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Oh that would be such a sight to see! Gorgeous pictures, Sharon!

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Michelle B December 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I love your foggy shots! What a great walk around the bridge, the area looks beautiful. The same thing happened to me when I went to the Grand Canyon, snow and fog. I have pictures of people lined up at the handrail looking at a cloud in the Canyon. It did clear up later and we had a nice time. But that first moment when your plans are disrupted is irritating. I guess we just have to learn to roll with it.

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Peabea December 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Nice shots of both the fog and the beautiful bridge. Sounds like it was a fun day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pat December 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Beautiful shots of that iconic bridge in the fog!

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Carolyn December 18, 2013 at 4:29 am

Thanks for taking me on this little trip with you!

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Carola Bartz December 18, 2013 at 5:08 am

Beautiful shots of the bridge. I love GGB in the fog – when I come down 101, leaving the tunnel and seeing only parts of the bridge is always a gorgeous view for me. I think my favorite is driving up Conzelman Road and see the bridge from there, especially in the evening when the sun is low.

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a spirit of simplicity December 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

beautiful images. We live on a tiny island in MA and we get socked in by a fog that steals in over the fields quite often. I have always thought it to be beautiful.

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Buckeroomama December 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I especially love your shots with the fog… totally makes the shots something “more.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Kim Cunningham December 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

The fog really adds something to these images, but yes the fog analogy is not lost on me. Often I want to see beyond it, but have to wait patiently for it to lift.

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April December 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Gorgeous shots! I think I’d be afraid to be on a bridge with so much fog, no visual confimraton that the bridge keeps going and doesn’t just stop over the water ๐Ÿ˜‰ Totally worth it though, for views like that. Very nice!

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Molly December 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

We have had some really amazingly foggy days here lately but sadly it has gone now and been replaced with wind and rain which is nowhere near as much fun

Mollyxxx

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Salma December 19, 2013 at 4:35 am

Great shots. Sounds like you had a little adventure.

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jade December 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

Such great shots of the bridge! I like them both with and without the fog…just different moods, but beautiful either way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nancy @ A Rural Journal December 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

You captured the best of both Sharon… gorgeous images. xo

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Prairie Jill December 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

Great shots! I know fog can be disappointing when you’re trying to see the sights (I once visited Dover and never saw the White Cliffs because of fog!), but the foggy shots are my favourites!

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