So, let me tell you, I’m digging these weekly travel themes from “Where’s my Backpack?” This week’s theme is a macro view of a part of travel that many of us may not think to highlight — bridges. As sort of a background on me – when I was younger (and even into college) I hated bridges. They terrified me. I had to close my eyes when we would cross them because otherwise I would start worrying about irrational things, like the bridge falling, or us driving off it. Weird.
Then I went to college in Charleston and had to deal with bridges, because I had no other choice. I would still drive all the way to North Miami to avoid driving over the old Cooper River Bridges. When they elected to rebuild them, I rejoiced. To date, I still have never been on the new bridges, but one day I will.
When you think of a bridge from a literary point of view, it represents different things. Connections, progress, overcoming obstacles. Travel is much like that. And most major destinations have bridges. Think about it – water is an important resource, for travel, business, and the most basic need – drinking. It’s only natural that bridges spring up as a result.
Below are pictures that I have snapped over the years on my travels: