Friday, March 12, 2010
Field Trip Fridays: Golden Gate Bridge
Is it worth it to drag 30-odd students on a 3 hour (at best) round-trip bus ride just to spend an hour walking across, and back again, on a historic, construction-zone with headache inducing traffic noise?
Sure! Why not!
Well, there's actually plenty of other things to do in the area. Such as the state park and recreation area surrounding the bridge. The place where they filmed that lady jumping off the building in Vertigo (see second photo from bottom, above). Not to mention just enjoying the scenery and marine air.
But the bridge, in my opinion, is by far the most interesting part. It's really cool to walk across something that sways and vibrates, for one. It's intriguing to know the story behind all the fencing, netting, cameras, and the dudes on surfboards floating around in frigid water waiting to rescue potential jumpers.
Yep. Just gruesome enough to make students interested, and not gruesome enough to illicit worried, angry phone calls from parents which send the principal on your back. Again.
I really like this place. It's nice. I would come here more often if SF traffic wasn't such a bother to navigate. Come one future students! Invent that teleporter already!