Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge by Sunny Runnells,  Lantzville, B.C., Canada

Golden Gate Bridge by Sunny Runnells, Lantzville, B.C., Canada

Golden Gate Bridge
Location: Marin Headlands
Sunny Runnells, Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada

The Golden Gate Bridge is California’s most famous icon and is special in so many ways–it is a structure of beauty and transports thousands of people across San Francisco Bay daily.

Sunny Runnells shares her families’ history with the Golden Gate Bridge…

Golden Gate Bridge is just beautiful. My mother and grandmother drove across it on the day it opened (May 28, 1937). I first walked across it when I was 13 and again with my youngest daughter when she was a teenager.


The Catch

The Catch by Larry Clark, Lincoln, CA

The Catch by Larry Clark, Lincoln, CA

The Catch
By Larry Clark
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco

This is from Wikipedia but it says it all. The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark [] off a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982 NFC Championship Game [] between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL [] history. The game represented the end of Dallas’ domination in the NFC since its inception in 1971, and the beginning of San Francisco’s rise as both an NFC and Super Bowl power in the 1980s. Larry Clark, Lincoln, California

More information about Candlestick Park gleaned from reading its Wikipedia page…..

Candlestick Park was originally built as the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park) in 2000. It is currently the home field of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League, who moved in for the 1971 season. The 49ers are scheduled to move to Santa Clara Stadium, currently under construction, at the beginning of the 2014 NFL season.

The Beatles played their last live commercial concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

Candlestick Park was also home to dozens of commercial shoots as well as the location for the climatic scene in both the 1962 thriller Experiment in Terror and the 1973 Richard Rush comedy Freebie and the Bean. In February, 2011 scenes for Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, were filmed at the stadium.

On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake (measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale) struck San Francisco, minutes before Game 3 of the World Series was to begin at Candlestick. Remarkably, no one within the stadium was injured, although minor structural damage was incurred to the stadium. Al Michaels and Tim McCarver, who called the game for ABC, later credited the stadium’s design for saving thousands of lives.

Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Mission Dolores, San Francisco by Sunny Runnells

Sunny Runnells was born and raised in San Francisco just two blocks from Mission Dolores. California means a lot to Sunny and she chose to hook one of California’s chain of 21 missions. Mission Dolores was founded in 1776 and is the oldest intact mission and the oldest building in San Francisco.

Drake’s Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

When I was growing up in Marin County, my family made many visits to Drakes Beach, which is part of Point Reyes National Seashore. It is named for the British explorer Sir Francis Drake, who landed in California in 1579. It’s resemblance to the white cliffs located on the English channel suggest that this is the area he named Nova Albion or New Albion, which is Latin for “New Britain”.
Dana Reneau

Golden Gate in the Fog

Golden Gate in the Fog by Larry Clark, Roseville, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th Birthday this past week. Happy Birthday to our most beloved California icon which stands as a symbol of what could be accomplished by hard-working people during the great depression.

The Golden Gate Bridge – How many times have you been in San Francisco or better yet, Oakland and all you see is the top of the Golden Gate Bridge while the lower half is shrouded in fog. Day or night, I have seen this picture and it is always amazing how the fogs hangs so low over the water and yet several hundred feet above the water, blue sky. Larry Clark, Roseville, CA

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge by Barbara J. Hager-Paulsen

On Thursday, March 15, I loaded up the postcards and took off for San Jose, California. I was invited to bring the postcard display to the Peninsula Rug Hookers Guild at the Rose Garden Library. Several people from this guild were participants and it was incredible to meet people (some strangers) who took a leap of faith and mailed me their postcard and California memory. One such intrepid person is Barbara Hager-Paulsen who sent Golden Gate Bridge. The front of the postcard shows Barbara’s hooked version of the bridge and on the back she wrote “We Did It!” 50th Anniversary!

Our family walked the bridge on the 50th Anniversary. The bridge flattened out! Never saw so many people. We also were celebrating my mother-in-laws “70th.” 2012 “the Bridge” turned “75” Happy Birthday! Barbara Hager-Paulsen

It is one thing to read these words on paper and another to listen to Barbara tell what it felt like to be in a crowd of over 500,000 people who met in the middle of the bridge in May of 1987 and felt and heard the bridge flatten out. One of the engineers who was present that day said the combination of weight and wind that day felt like a mild earthquake to people on the bridge. Barbara tells of being in the midst of all these people. Some people fainted and EMTs were unable to make their way to these people because of the crowd. It was a scary event and unknown to the people on the bridge that day engineers were worried about and busy calculating just how much weight the bridge could hold. Needless to say, there will be no bridge walk on the bridge’s 75th Anniversary. The bridge will be open to automobile traffic only! If you want to help celebrate the Gold Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, check out read about the event.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

AT&T Park, San Francisco by Susan Kleidon

I took the photo that was the inspiration for this piece at the 2011 Giants “Stitch and Pitch” game, where knitters bring their project and knit at the game. It was a beautiful August evening, we had awesome seats right behind home plate, and since I always take a knitting project when I go to a baseball game it was fun to celebrate the art! Susan Kleidon