San Francisco, CA (overnight)

I cannot think of a better place to close out the first decade of the new millennium; nor can I think of a better way to do it.  The Shrek Tour closed out the year 2010 in San Francisco, California, and in lieu of partying it up I chose to spend the last day of 2010 at the city’s most iconic symbols.

My photos of the Golden Gate Bridge go back to August of 2006 when I first visited San Francisco with the First National Tour of “The Light in the Piazza”.  After a month in the city by the bay, I had experienced all of the touristy things it had to offer, and taken photos everywhere the average tourist takes photos.  That orange icon was in the background of countless photos of seagulls and pelicans and shorelines, none of which did it any justice.  It wasn’t until my road-trip back to San Francisco in May of 2007 that I was able to appreciate the bridge in all of its glory.

It was on the trip from Sacramento, CA to San Francisco on a rare Monday out of the theatre that I first drove across the Golden Gate and found the view of the bridge that I always knew existed but never had the means of finding.  On a bluff just North of the 101, at the site of the old Fort Baker: Battery Spencer at Hendrik Point, I found my favorite spot in all of the San Francisco Bay.

It was here that I chose to close out 2010, and I did so by spending the majority of the night there… with my cameras.  It began shortly after midnight on December 31, 2010 with Alex and one of the nicest families out on the road with us enjoying the city lights in the distance and ends at 8am that morning… long after both Alex and the Mullahey Family had gone home.

I spent the last day of 2010 overlooking the Golden Gate in San Francisco; not a bad way to close out the decade.


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