Thursday's Child: Walking the Golden Gate bridge

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last March, my mom, my youngest daughter and I travelled to San Francisco. It was an early celebration of a milestone birthday my mom had later that year, and a wonderful way for the three of us to bond.


Before we left for San Francisco, I had suggested that each of us read about the city and come up with one activity we couldn't miss. My daughter chose Golden Gate Park, with its lovely Japanese Tea Garden and the fabulous California Academy of Sciences. I didn't want to miss Chinatown. And my mom wanted to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

She walks every day and is in excellent health. But I was worried that the walk might be too much for her. It was mid-afternoon, and we'd already spent much of the day on the city's up-and-down streets. So she and I agreed to the very practical suggestion of walking to the halfway point, then walking back.



We paused at the halfway point to take a few photos, and I got a couple of lovely ones of my daughter overlooking the city. Then I said, "I'd like Grandma to be in the next one." My daughter pointed along the pedestrian walk and said, "Grandma left a few minutes ago." And indeed, there she was, walking briskly toward the other end of the bridge.

Turns out she thought we were too tired to make the whole trip, so she decided to do it by herself. So I caught up to her, and we enjoyed our Golden Gate walk - in both directions.



20 comments:

grace said...

the golden gate bridge is most definitely on my bucket list! your pictures are great. :)

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

I went to the Golden Gate Bridge with my parents when I was a child and loved it! I'd love to go back with my husband and baby sometime soon - it's one of those must-see things!

Julie said...

Beautiful photos. Almost every time I have been there, it's been FOGGY!

kumars kitchen said...

such a lovely way to bond with family...and your mom is super healthy and energetic...beautiful clicks as always,thanks :-)

Deb said...

Such a great city. So lovely to have these photos for your archives! Never underestimate the energy level of senior citizens! LOL!

Catherine said...

Such a wonderful time and memories that three generations made together; a wonderful blessing. Catherine

Elzbieta Hester said...

Beautiful ladies. Three generations...I'm always deeply moved when I see pictures like this...

ela h.
Gray Apron

Guru Uru said...

What a wonderful classic bridge, I have always wanted to visit San Fran :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Joanne said...

Your mom is one tough lady!! What a fun trip for all of you!

Claire Davis said...

I am dying to visit San Fran! Your pics are beautiful and it looks like ya'll had a wonderful time.

kirstenlopresti said...

I love San Francisco. Great pics!

Valerie Gamine said...

Happy belated Birthday to your lovely (marathoner!) mom! :D
What a fabulous way to celebrate. xo

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Lovely photos! I visited San Fran once and had some pretty great Mexican! Have a good weekend!

Daniela Grimburg said...

What a lovely post, Beth!
I imagine that you girls had great fun during this trip.
Your mom is fantastic, such an impressive spirit and good sport!
Love the pic of the reflection of the bridge in the water, great shot.

lisa is cooking said...

Wow, great for her to walk the whole bridge! Sounds like a such a fun way to celebrate her birthday.

Angie Schneider said...

Three generations in famous golden gate...a very beautiful shot, Beth.

Liz Berg said...

What a terrific trip for the 3 of you! And your mom is a trooper!!!

Belinda said...

It's the best!! What a lovely trip!

I Wilkerson said...

Special trip! And cute that your mom set out on her own to let you rest! That bridge is so photogenic.

nancy at good food matters said...

wonderful. many years ago, when visiting a beloved cousin in the Bay area, we cycled across the Golden Gate and back. It was a thrilling experience and made a special memory.

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