The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown Down!

I was issued a challenge today for the site from my friend Mike Gunn. He suggested that I travel the 49 mile scenic drive throughout San Francisco and add some pics and video clips. I like the idea because it will give me lots to talk about and at least 49 different posts so that should keep things going for quite a while. I accept the challenge!

For those of you who aren’t aware of this it was started on September 14, 1938 in anticipation of the 1939 World’s Fair that coincided with the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge which was good because otherwise you would have had to take a ferry to get to the fair. Not a bad idea, unless you’ve ever been out on the bay in bad weather. Even I can get seasick from a cruise when the winds kick up as you get close to South Beach harbor.

Rex May designed the sign that you might still see around in a few places many of which have been stolen by vandals even though a reproduction of the sign and be purchased at the City Hall Gift Shop. The route starts at Hayes and Van Ness and travels all around the city to show off to tourists how great the city is ending at former fairgrounds for the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. I’m not sure how long it would take to drive 49 miles within San Francisco, but something tells me it’s going to take more than an hour. Next week I’ll start things off and I like the idea because I haven’t been to Treasure Island in almost 10 years.

If you click on the picture you’ll see a map of the route courtesy of Google. Thanks for the idea Mike!