Last Sunday after attending a Kundilini Yoga community workshop, I headed over to Balboa Park. I parked on the east side, behind the Fleet Science museum and walked west. I’d never walked over the Cabrillo Bridge, so decided to do that.
I stopped to take a few pictures of the Museum of Man. I’ve seen some pictures of its interior and it looks like a lovely place to see, but for quite awhile, one of their exhibits is about instruments of torture, and I don’t want to even walk in there with that in there.
The outside is very lovely though.
Then I walked past these lovely succulents in a flower bed near the museum.
Cabrillo Bridge was designed by Thomas B. Hunter, of San Francisco for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. It was designed after bridges in Mexico and Spain. It is built mostly of Redwood as its base. The entire length of the bridge is 916 feet including approaches, with the main span of 450 feet. It is 120 feet high. There are 7 arches each measuring 56 feet across. It was started in Dec. 1912 and dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in April 12, 1914. It was the first multiple arched cantilever bridge built in CA.
I didn’t get pictures of the bottom of the bridge as I was walking over it 🙂
It was built to span over Cabrillo Canyon. HWY 163 passes underneath it, which was completed in Feb. 1948.
Here is a picture of the bridge from the top, looking east toward the Museum of Man.
Here’s the plaque.
When you cross the bridge to the west, there is park on both the north and south sides. The north side has this lovely tree planter heralding the entrance to Balboa park.
On the south side of the bridge once you cross to the west is a dog park and walking trails.
Here is the lovely view of downtown San Diego and the freeway, looking south from the bridge.
If I ever get the opportunity to take a picture of the bridge from down below I’ll add it 🙂
Thanks for walking with me, hope you enjoyed the journey. It was early evening and the park still had visitors but it had that quieter energy that happens there as the crowds dissipate.