Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Two Landmarks

A  L  O  H  A !
Diamond Head / Mt. Leahi

Diamond Head is the symbol of 
Honolulu, Hawaii & Waikiki.

Golden Gate Bridge - Towards San Francisco

The Golden Gate Bridge 
is the world-wide emblem 
of San Francisco

Diamond Head Entire, From Tantalus

Elevation‎: ‎762 ft (232 m)
Age of rock‎: ‎200,000 years

Almost Entire - From Marin Headlands

8,981 feet long (1.7 miles)

Contains about 88,000 tons of steel.

Total weight of the bridge is 887,000 tons.

Approximately 80,000 miles of wire inside 
each of the two steel cables.

The towers stand 726 feet above the water and 
500 feet above street level. They weigh 
44,000 tons each and are 4,200 feet 
apart from each other.

The bridge is 90 feet wide. Street level is 
about 220 feet above the water.

1848 - Captain John C. Fremont names the cleft in the Coastal Mountain Range opening onto San Francisco Bay the Golden Gate. The bridge derives its name from the land feature and not its color.
1916 - James H. Wilkins comes up with the idea to connect northern California to the San Francisco peninsula.
December 1924 - The United States War Department, the government entity responsible for the entire area surrounding the strait, approves the project.
1928 - The Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District is formed and Joseph B. Strauss is appointed as architect/designer.
January 5, 1933 - Construction begins.
May 27, 1937 - The bridge is completed and opens to pedestrians. The bridge is built at a cost of approximately $35.5 million and comes in under budget and ahead of schedule.
May 28, 1937 - The bridge is opened to vehicles."

Me & Diamond Head 

“I live in my own little world. 
But its ok, they know me here.” 
       Lauren Myracle

Driving across the G.G.

"I have two homes, like someone 
who leaves their hometown 
and/or parents and then 
establishes a life elsewhere. 
They might say that 
they're going home 
when they return to see 
old friends or parents, 
but then they go home as well 
when they go to where 
they live now. 
Sarajevo is home, 
Chicago is home."
              Aleksandar Hemon



Thank YOU
              Fondly, cloudia


Mike said...

From what I understand there is a paint crew that starts at one end of the bridge and paints to the other end ... and then start back at the beginning. They paint none stop.

Denise inVA said...

I once walked to the top of Diamond Head. It was quite an experience that I am glad I had. I have driven across the Golden Gate a few times over the years and last year was on a boat that took me under it. Incredible sight!

Elephant's Child said...

Both are spectacular. I am not surprised they have claimed spots in your heart.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, they are both beautiful. Lovely places to call home. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The Golden Gate Bridge is indeed breathtaking. There's lots of beauty in the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge too

Cloudia said...

Yes, the Bay Bridge is a wonder - and older than the golden gate bridge.

Thanks so much friends for making my day!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Both iconic, one man made, one nature made, both incroyable!

Teresa said...

Cool pictures! Love the landmarks of your life.

RedPat said...

You have 2 lovely homes, Cloudia!

William Kendall said...

Magnificent takes on both these landmarks!

Karen S. said...

Such lovely photos, and interesting facts, I believe you're getting to enjoy your new California home, (a favorite city of mine) and nice to see you, I especially like your hat in the driving photo! Quite stunning.

Adam said...

I've never been on it (or to Cali) but I hope to some day

Cloudia said...

Your thoughts propel lots of heart
Thanks so much friends