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Hanging out along the Bixby Bridge and PCH.

The Pacific Coast Highway (the PCH) has one picturesque and romantic spot after another along the California coastline. The Bixby (Creek) Bridge in Big Sur is one of the more well-known ones.

The bridge is a short 13-mile drive south on the PCH from Carmel. Coming from there, I proceeded to drive over the bridge and Bixby Creek, parking on the south end along the road.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

The north end is where the tourists are all at so I had this side all to myself checking out the bridge, looking out towards the Pacific Ocean and peaking straight down at the beach and turquoise waters.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

After hanging along the side of the road for a bit I drove back across the bridge and joined the rest of the visitors on the north side capturing the cliffs and coastline along with…

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

…one of the most photographed bridges you’ll find anywhere. The bridge opened in 1932 and is one of the world’s highest single-span concrete arch bridges.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

I knew what it looked like beforehand because it has been featured in countless commercials, television shows and movies. It was even more beautiful seeing in person, a romantic spot for sure.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

It’s along way down, make sure not to get to close to the edge when there.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

What a great early evening hanging out at the 714-ft Bixby Bridge and along this part of the California coastline.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California, historical

If your ever in the Monterey Bay area or planning a road trip on the PCH, make sure to include a stop at the Bixby Bridge in your travel plans.

What picturesque bridges have you come across in your travels?

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on Foot.

I’ve spent lots of time in San Francisco over the years, but one thing I had never done was walk or run on the Golden Gate Bridge. This summer, I changed that, crossing something off my travel bucket list in the process.

I parked at the Vista Point just north of the Golden Gate in the evening and had this view of the bridge as I got out of my car. The well-acclaimed fog made its presence known on this evening.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

It was time to set out on the open bridge. The bridge was packed with cyclists, runners and tourists earlier in the day, but being close to sunset there would be long gaps of alone time.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

The Golden Gate Bridge recently celebrated its 75th birthday, opening for traffic on May 27, 1937. It connects the affluent Marin County and points northward with the San Francisco peninsula and city. It crosses over San Francisco Bay near where it meets the Pacific Ocean.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I split time between walking and running, capturing photos as I moved along.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Turned around often to see how far along I was. Off in the distance on the walkway you can see the security cart that goes back-and-forth.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I could definitely make out the San Francisco skyline across the way, despite the fog.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I loved capturing scenic shots with the International Orange in view.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

After reaching the southern end, I made sure to checkout the bridge itself too.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Checkout the tourist and information center that sits here around the bridge plaza. I didn’t have a chance as everything was closed. Right in front of me were bike paths leading up to the bridge and underneath to the other side.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Some close up shots of the bridge. The bridge was painted the aforementioned International Orange to increase visibility of those passing underneath and to fit in with the natural beauty around it. The cold ocean waters in contrast with the warmly colored bridge, beautiful!

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

My love of travel signs definitely showed during this journey as I captured the different forms of signage on and around the bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is part of U.S. Route 101 and California Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway).

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

The previously mentioned bridge plaza was for those driving the bridge southbound into San Francisco. You’ll see plenty of signage as you approach. The toll is currently $6 for a standard vehicle. Northbound is free of charge. It’s 7:19 p.m. right now, check.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

You’ll find signage giving some interesting facts about the bridge. The length of one International Orange painted cable is well over a mile long!

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

You’ll get the standard speed limit postings for motorists and…

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

…for cyclists as well! I set it off with my running, but could not get the picture in time. πŸ™‚

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

The bridges walkway is split half for bikers, half for those on foot.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Here’s a big sign detailing other rules for pedestrians and cyclists. Watch out for those high winds! Also be prepared with warm clothes as it’s frequently windy and cool, as it was on this evening. If on a bike, make sure the cyclist speed sign doesn’t flash higher than 15. I definitely wasn’t running that fast haha. πŸ™‚

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I came across this rule and alert board immediately as I entered on the north end of the bridge. The bridge closes for foot and cyclist traffic at 9:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Really? Someone will make a U-turn? People must have for them to put up a sign. The bridge has six reversible lanes being adjusted as needed throughout the day. It wouldn’t be impossible to do a U-turn because north and southbound traffic are divided by small, manually placed lane markers.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I completed the back-and-forth journey in about two hours.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

I was back where I started at the parking lot of the north end Vista Point. Parking is at a premium on both sides of the bridge, especially the south end, so get there early or late in the day to grab a spot quickly.

All the motorists have their lights on now and I was about to join them and head southbound back into the city. $6 check.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin County, California

It was a great time walking and running across and back on the Golden Gate Bridge. I can check something else off the travel bucket list. πŸ™‚ When you’re in San Francisco, make sure to set some time aside to walk or bike the bridge. The scenery is unreal fog or not and it will be an experience you’ll never forget.

What other bridges have you crossed on foot or by bike in your travels?

Atlanta: My Peaceful Bridge.

Do you have a peaceful place, to relax and unwind, that also happens to be scenic? I think I’ve found one in the ATL’s 17th Street Bridge.

I recently showcased a photo of the 17th Street Bridge on a sunny day. I didn’t think too much in-depth of the spot at the time, other than a great place to grab skyline shots and see traffic. Then came a return visit earlier this week.

It wasn’t clear on this day. In fact dark clouds were hovering over the two Atlanta skylines within view, Midtown and Downtown. The weatherman wannabe in me was like, “Yes!!! It’s gonna storm!”.

The middle of bridge on the north side was closed for construction which was sad, but I think the random port-a-potty is a nice touch in this shot.

Atlanta, Georgia - 17th Street Bridge

It wasn’t just the skylines, it was the fact that you can see The Varsity, Georgia Tech, the Olympic torch and more all in one view.

Along with the weather and points of interest, you had people driving on the 21-lanes of madness both north and south down below. Thinking about it more I realized that some some of these folks were on road trips and out on the open road. You see through this stretch I-75 and I-85 come together to form the Downtown Connector. I-75 stretches from Michigan to Florida and I-85 carries traffic from Virginia to Alabama. The possibilities of where people are coming from and going to is limitless! πŸ™‚

Atlanta, Georgia - 17th Street Bridge

I could just stand there and watch the traffic go by for hours. Well maybe not at rush hour when everything stands still haha.

The 17th Street Bridge was completed in 2004 and connects Atlantic Station, a recently built live/work/play community, with the heart of Midtown. I just stood on the bridge for a bit, thinking about things and at the same time not having a care in the world. It was peaceful, because unlike down below, the bridge was relatively quiet at this mid-afternoon time.

Atlanta, Georgia - 17th Street Bridge

As if the weather gods were waiting for me to leave, it starting downpouring like crazy about a minute after walking off the bridge into the Atlantic Station shopping complex. This is my peaceful place indeed.

What bridges do you love capturing the scenery off of? Have you come across a peaceful place in your travels that you would like to get back to over and over?

Photo of the Week: Florida Bridges, Palms & Storms.

During my time in the summer in Southwest Florida I’ve picked up on the weather pattern off the Gulf of Mexico. You more often then not see sunny and clear skies in the morning, clouds start to build in the afternoon, then dark clouds and a storm or two take over in random spots in the late afternoon/early evening, with clear skies returning at sunset.

This shot is taken later in the afternoon going over Matlacha Bridge from Cape Coral to Pine Island looking out towards the northwest. The bridge is known as “The fishingest bridge in the world” due to all the fishing that takes place in the area.

Throw in some palm trees, some ominous weather and clouds and going over water and you got a great Florida photo in my eyes. πŸ™‚

Florida - Matlacha Bridge - Cape Coral to Pine Island

When I think San Francisco, I think the…

One of the questions in a recent #TNI chat on Twitter was, “City that was first love? Why?”. Without thinking I said San Francisco. As to why I mentioned things like the culture, the ocean and the fog.

I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years, especially growing up, a month or two at a time. I think about all the times at San Francisco Beach, at Pier 39 hanging with the sea lions, eating in China Town and grabbing a coffee (regular or Irish) at Buena Vista watching the cable cars go by. In regards to the initial question, I also said the Golden Gate Bridge. When I think San Francisco, I think the famous International Orange painted bridge, as I’m sure is the case with many people.

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

The bridge opened in 1937 and connects San Francisco with Marin County and points northward. You’ll cross it in your travels if following the Pacific Coast Highway. You can say you’re both on U.S. Route 101 and California State Highway 1 when you’re on the bridge. That gets the road tripper in me going.

You have San Francisco Bay on one side and the opening to the Pacific Ocean on the other. The bridge to me represents the gateway out of the United States to the Pacific and the other side of the world. There is nothing like crossing the bridge from the north and seeing the city to the left on a sunny day. You’ll usually pass by many people walking the bridge.

It’s one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Some great spots to capture it include: Baker Beach, Fort Point, the north vista point just off the bridge and Hawk Hill.This shot is taken from Fort Point.

San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

Great shots can be had whether its night or day, sunny or foggy. For some reason, I don’t have a picture of me with the bridge as a backdrop. Just another reason to get back there soon.

When you think of San Francisco what else do you think of? What spots do you like to capture the Golden Gate Bridge from?