Before Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term in office in 1940, 5 of 10 longest suspension bridges in the US were built. Before Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday to JFK in 1962, 9 of the 10 had been open at least 5 years and the 10th, the Verrazano, had been under construction for … Continue reading The Longest Suspension Bridges in the US
Month: April 2017
This Bridge is Going Down Without Me
The Kosciuszko bridge is being blown up (down) this summer. It’s 77 years old and the new 2-span bridge alongside it is being built now. When I heard about the demolition plans last month, I thought, I’ve got to see this in person. Maybe witnessing the mile-plus long bridge fall to pieces would allay my … Continue reading This Bridge is Going Down Without Me
A Gephyrophobiac Would Never Do This
Here’s the bridge. The Foresthill Bridge is the highest in California at 730 feet and located outside Sacramento. I think I’ll have plenty of company when I say I’d never climb out onto the catwalk or the girders below it. Yet lots of people do. On Tuesday a woman risked it and while taking a selfie … Continue reading A Gephyrophobiac Would Never Do This
Ziplining! Yes! Me!
Recently a reader asked if I was afraid of heights. I’m not sure. Perhaps a little but I really believe my fear has to do with bridges more than heights. But read on and tell me what you think. A couple of summers ago I’d planned to visit a friend in Utah. Several weeks before … Continue reading Ziplining! Yes! Me!
Just a Little Panic
“High bridges, new places, or old elevators may make us a bit uneasy or even frightened.” That’s the first sentence on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s Specific Phobias webpage. Not to judge (ok just a little judging) the ADAA’s choice of words, but a “high bridge” scares the bejesus out of me. I’m … Continue reading Just a Little Panic
Happy April 1st
Today I walked across the bridge on the left. ************************ Then I walked back over the bridge on the right. Just kidding! Happy April Fool's Day!