This week we took a road trip to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The Golden Gate is the gap in the mountains were the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. The Bridge spans the gap between San Francisco and Marin County. With clear skies and a high of 61 degrees F, it was a beautiful day for bicycling and hiking.
Mexico ceded California to the United States in 1848, nine days after gold was discovered in California. California became a state two years later. A population of sixty thousand was required for statehood, and that number arrived in 1849, the first year of the Gold Rush.
Fort Point was constructed between 1853 and 1861 to protect the San Francisco Bay and the gold fields. The Golden Gate Bridge incorporates an arch to span Fort Point, allowing it to remain.
From Fort Point, you can see the San Francisco skyline.
The Army claimed the Marin Headlands on the other side of the Golden Gate, and that area is still undeveloped.
Pedestrians and bicyclists can cross the Bridge on the east sidewalk.
November can be a very good time to visit San Francisco. We timed our road trip between storms, to enjoy warm and clear weather, without our summer fog.