The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the major tourist attractions in San Francisco, especially this year since it has turned 75 years old. The bridge is a beloved symbol of San Francisco and one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the world. It is a uniquely accessible icon that you can drive across, walk across, bike across and even sail beneath.
The reason I'm mentioning this that The Uniglobe Ohio Travel Baseball group this past week spent a few days in the city beside the bay, and in addition to attending baseball games in San Francisco and Oakland, one of the side trips was to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Of the 52 persons comprising the group, half decided to walk across the span.
While the vehicular traffic whisked by, this was not the case for walkers and bicyclists on the span's sidewalk, as their movement was impeded by, of all things, orange barrels. It turns out they were installing scaffolding on the span, and while several of our group made it across without delay, Bill Bryson and I encountered a "stoppage" while a piece of equipment was moved into place, thus delaying us in getting to the "finish line."
By the way the length of the span and approaches is 1.7 miles.
Except for that that delay, the trip was fast-paced and fun-filled with one exception, a medical problem involving one of our group.
In addition to the Golden Gate Bridge we visited Alcatraz, touring the former federal penitentiary; spent considerable time at Fisherman's Wharf, and drove to the top of Twin Peaks, where you get a panoramic view of the city of San Francisco.
From San Francisco we took the scenic route to Monterey, stopping along the way at the famed Peeble Beach Golf Course, where the golfers in our group visited the Pro Shop for a scorecard so that they could enter their own score to show to their fellow golfers once they arrived back home.
As I mentioned earlier, we flew to the area to see a couple of baseball games, and with the possible exception of Al Capobianco, a San Francisco Giants fan from the days of New York Giants, no one was rooting for any particular team. Capobianco's Giants did defeat the Astros, 3-2. Capobianco was the individual who after the Oakland-Texas game on Tuesday night was taken to an Oakland hospital where he remains hospitalized for further treatment.
As to incident involving Capobianco, Bryson called it a miracle, as when Capobianco collapsed the nearest individual to him was Andy Antosz of St. Clairsville, who was able to performed CPR until medical help arrived.
The trip continued Wednesday to Denver for an afternoon Pirates-Colorado Rockies game played in 95 degree temperature. The Pirates fell behind 5-1 early in the game, but roared back to win 9-6, thanks in part to four home runs at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
The reason I mentioned the 95- degree temperature was that in San Francisco the temperature all four days was in the 60s. Several of our group had expected to encounter much higher temperatures and as a result had to make coat purchases.
Speaking of our group, there were baseball fans from Cadiz to Sardis and St. Clairsville to Cameron. There were 12 from Marshall County.
This was the 35th multi-game trip over the past 10 years, and today the 100th game will take place at PNC Park, with several special events taking place in conjunction with this milestone. The more than 100 persons participating will receive a commenorative shirt, provided by the Bryson's and Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel.
With the Marshall County Fair beginning today and continuing through Saturday it will be another fast-paced week.
The official opening will take place at 5:15 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Festival Stage, with all those on the grounds at that time to attend.
The opening ceremony will be followed with four queen pageants.
Senior Citizens and Veterans' Day will be observed on Tuesday and there will be free admission that day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wednesday will be Children's Day and there will be free admission for those 12 and under from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
There will be attractions throughout each day of the fair, along with special events during the evenings.
Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., there will be a local talent show. Each performer will be allotted five minutes to perform with the categories and age groups to be determined after the entries are received. Entry forms are due by 6 p.m. that day. There will be no fee to enter the event, although contestants must pay their entry onto the fairgrounds.
This year's 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction will involve 32 steers, 36 lambs and 114 hogs. This sale will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Country music performer Sammy Kershaw will be featured at the Festival Stage on Saturday, with his performance to begin at 9 p.m.
Fairgoers will note some improvement to the grounds this year, one of the most notable being a major expansion of the dairy complex, where their is now a new full-sized show arena. As you might remember this group, the 4-H Goat and Rabbit Club, used to be housed in the Sale Barn, which no longer exists.
Also, changes have been made at the horse arena. It is now standard size and there is a new announcers stand. The structure housing the horses is larger, thus enabling additional numbers.
Improvements have also been made in the market livestock barns and arena.