As you well know, Telstar Logistics is dedicated to bringing you to exciting and generally off-limits places through the miracle of Internet-based "teletravel."
We've taken you to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. We've landed you on the deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. We've shown you the pimpin' views from San Francisco's towering One Rincon skyscraper. And we've even escorted you on a secret tour inside the brand new Oakland Bay Bridge.
Now we stand ready to take you someplace new. Courtesy of a source who goes by the handle of Unaesthetic, we invite you to take in the scenery from the tippy-top of a San Francisco Bay Bridge suspension tower! And on a sunny day, no less!
Through what unholy connivance did Unaesthetic gain access to this rarified place? A clever young man, he did it in the most shrewd way imaginable: He contrived to receive an invitation!
I wish I could say it were unauthorized because that has been a dream of mine for many years, but unfortunately after 9/11 you just can't do that sort of sh*t and come out unscathed. My first choice was the Golden Gate Bridge of course but this one was just fine by me.
I work for a company who does wireless networks and IP camera systems. We had some equipment up there that wasn't working properly and when the opportunity arose in talking to them I basically made it absolutely clear that I would definitely have to go up there to fix it.
Like we said... A very astute play. Check out all the photos Unaesthetic took during his "mission-critical" traffic-cam repair adventure.
Bay Bridge Climb (a Flickr photoset by Unaesthetic)
UPDATE (20 July, 2007):
Reader Brad Templeton provides this magnificent tip:
Back in 1971, my friend, photographer Bruce Steinberg, was doing a photo book on the bay bridge crews and went up there. At the top he shot a series of overlapping photos, long before stitched panorama techniques where developed. I scanned his moldy old slides and was able to assemble a panorama. This panorama can be seen here.
A few then-and-now details to notice (moving left to right): The big oil tanks on Potrero Hill, the warehouses and Navy warship tied up at pier 30/32, the rail yards in South Beach, the miserable Embarcadero freeway, the construction underway at the Embarcadero Center, and the Transamerica Building is but a humble stump. Thank you Brad!