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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Heckscher State Park

Everyone up early today.  Luke at like 7, me at 730, and Gavin at 830.  Sue and Kyle are in Maryland at soccer tournament.  

After breakfast Luke and I go to church.

This day in history "On this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin County, California, officially opens amid citywide celebration.
Named for the narrow strait that marks the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed from January 1933 to May 1937. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, at 4,200 feet. From the beginning, the bridge's location posed challenges for its construction, not least because of its proximity to the mighty San Andreas Fault, which passes from north to south through the San Francisco Bay area. In addition, the tumultuous waters of the strait posed grave dangers for the underwater construction work necessary to build the bridge.
Still, the engineer Joseph Strauss waged a tireless 16-year campaign to convince skeptical city officials and other opponents of the controversial project. On the bridge's opening day, he triumphantly exclaimed: "The bridge which could not and should not be built, which the War Department would not permit, which the rocky foundation of the pier base would not support, which would have no traffic to justify it, which would ruin the beauty of the Golden Gate, which could not be completed within my costs estimate of $27,165,000, stands before you in all its majestic splendor, in complete refutation of every attack made upon it."

After church we decide to pack the bikes and go to Heckscher State Park.  With Empire Pass on the window, we will be hitting the State Parks on LI a lot this summer.

Even though it was a hot day, the breeze off the bay kept the park at a tolerable temperature.  Luke had to work hard to keep up on his bmx style bike, where Gavin on his triathlon bike could sprint half a mile ahead of of us in like 30 seconds.

We have to see if Luke can handle a full size mountain bike without injuring his family jewels.

A nice relaxing swim before dinner.

We have some burgers. hot dogs, and corn on the cob for dinner.

Sue and Kyle get home early form Maryland.

Gavin has some friends over and are in the pool and hot tub.

Summer is upon us.

Photo of the day "Heckscher State Park"

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