Day 144

Bridge of the Gods: Looking Down

August 17th, 2010

On my way to Oregon. Google told me to cross the Columbia over the Bonneville Dam, which is not open to the public. (Google also suggested I walk out of Manhattan through the Lincoln Tunnel. Google has yet to master river crossings.) I called ahead to request permission to cross the dam and was told it is "too hazardous".


  1. EDL In MN says:

    Cool Pic!
    Did you get vertigo watching the river through the holes?

    • Craig.. (Yeah in NC!) says:

      At this moment Vertigo I am suffering thanks to a inner ear problem… just looking at this made me loopy.
      But the dam and the bridge and all were great pictures. The one of the damn seemed HUGE, I can’t even begin to think of how the Hoover damn would look like in person, Overwhelming, I’msure.

  2. EDL In MN says:

    Hmmm…. Just read your comments about the dam being ‘too hazardous’. If I lived downstream, I would seriously consider heading for higher ground…
    And I get the first 2 posts!

    • Janette says:

      No crossing the dams since 9/11.

      • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

        Then why was everyone on here going ga ga over Matt crossing at Bonneville? The locals kept going on about it it seemed to me. They wanted him to cross there. So if it’s been closed to public since 9/11 didn’t any of them know this ahead of time?

    • Norwood says:

      You don’t need permission to swim across. Where is your sense of adventure?

  3. Candice In Alabama says:

    I see yo feet! What’s the stuff floating in the water? – oh it’s not stuff – it’s reflections! :)

  4. Reminds me a little of crossing the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan…same scary feeling…

  5. Gigi says:

    I see the feet and shoes are holding up well. One step in front of the other, 1,856 feet to cross ..

  6. alan of cedar rapids iowa says:

    I is like the view from the cat walks on the USS Oriskany

  7. Jeff says:

    I was just following google….dam or god what bridge….if I said it in backwards order…mom would get mad…so welcome to ….Oregon…on the other side.

  8. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Whoa! Scary! It makes me dizzy just looking at it. I think I’d freak if I found out I’d have to cross that bridge especially on foot. But for those who like it, it’s cool. Nice boots Matt. I see your feeeeet.

  9. Saun in Ohio says:

    I second that Dorinda….. :)

  10. Michelle says:

    For some reason this picture reminds me of that very old Tarzan joke. “What were Tarzan’s last words?…Who cut the viiiiiiine?!”

    Stupid, I know.
    Peace, from Michelle in Providence

  11. OMG! That bridge scares the crap outta me!

  12. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Looking at this again this is like the bridge I had to cross in California on my way to Oakland to see my sister. Open grated like this. I freaked. Like I said in an earlier post my son and sister didn’t tell me ahead of time because they knew what my reaction would be to this. It is scary being able to look through the holes and see how high up you are and water below. Yikes.

  13. MN Roxanne says:

    Matt I love the pattern of the bridge deck… the reflecting water below and your feet conquering them all… those awesome feet that have walked across America!! Congrats !!

  14. deanna valenti meyer says:

    I live in WA and had no idea you couldn’t cross at the dam. Who knew? I don’t usually cross these types of things by foot, so I was just thinking it was okay. Seeing this picture reminds me as to why I DON’T cross our many, many bridges in the area by foot….can’t do it…I’m SO afraid of heights. :)

  15. Karen Too says:

    Too bad about not being able to cross the dam, but I do love the bridge pictures, and all the wonderful shapes of these particular types of bridges.

    Love, too, the views from the bridges.

  16. katzien in austin says:

    Crazy photo! You should go ahead and cross because the white arrow is pointing you onward. Forward ho!

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