A great Green Safari. Mahalo, Kenji. Goodbye San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, but, first, a few thoughts about my second favorite city.
Even though Conquistador Cortez (that's Hernando on the left) sent expeditions to various parts of California in the 1500's, it was not until 1769 that Gaspar de Portola (on the right) became the first (actually, some crew member did) European to view what is now the city hills. He was there on the order of Spanish King Carlos III to eliminate the area of Jesuit priests. Of course, there were Indian tribes already here, collectively known as the Ohlone.
The bridge, incidentally, is 1.7 miles long, and was opened in 1937. As iconic as it is, I find it disappointing that the color GOLD was not used. Instead, it is International Orange. Tourists driving into the city pay $6 (the Bay Bridge charges $4, also incoming).