Our hike started early last Saturday morning in the Balboa Park Rose Garden, just as
the sun was just starting to poke through the fog…..
(I think you were still in bed, so I took pictures for you…you can thank me later…..)
After the hiking group arrived, we headed over the Park Blvd Pedestrian Bridge-
Our first bridge of the day!
We walked through the quiet, misty and deserted Balboa Park…
After passing the California Tower, we crossed the Cabrillo Bridge (#2 of the day!)
*Did you know that 100 years ago the Cabrillo Bridge had a pond under it?
Not the 163 freeway! Guests to the Exposition could rent row boats…
Not too much further along we crossed over Maple Canyon on this amazing
“First Street Bridge” built in 1911
Then meandered over the pedestrian only Quince Street Bridge
(#4 if you are counting along with me…)
The Spruce Street Suspension Footbridge from 1912 was next up on the walk
and my favorite of the day! (Who wouldn’t want to bounce along on a suspension bridge???)
We strolled through Banker’s Hill and into Hillcrest enjoying
the sights and sounds of the city waking up…..
We walked over the Cabrillo Freeway on the University Avenue Bridge….
Where we discovered that in the land of Hillcrest, even the trash cans are beautiful…
Next up: my second favorite bridge of the day, the Vermont Street Foot Bridge.
The cool thing about this bridge is that it was decorated with awesome art,
quotes, fancy railings and stamped concrete.
We decided we need to come back to check this out again…
And last up for the morning was the Georgia Street Bridge….
So there you have it, 8 bridges in 7 miles and about 90 minutes = interesting and fun!
I hope you have a chance to visit them on a little stroll of your own.
Thanks to Jacqueline for being our tour guide.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt