The Gerald Desmond bridge is slated for demolition with the next two years. Soon to be replaced by a bridge design found in Boston. This iconic and highly used bridge, strangely enough, holds a boatload of memories for anyone in the area who has ever traveled to San Pedro , ports o call or gone on a cruise.
I first became introduced to Desmond on a hot august day, traveling its path to my new home at the ripe age of 18. By the hospitality and expense of the U.S Navy, I became familiar with the roller coaster ride of the Desmond, each time either a sense of relief going into town or dread, going to the base.
My fondest memory was December 22, 1970. Crossing once again as I had so many times before, window down in Jackie’s truck (a good friend at the time), wind in my hair as I dangerously leaned out the window tossing my military hat to the depths below. Well, that’s the way I like to remember it.
Or how about the time Jackie (my good friend remember) and I crossed over to Mc Clouds ring works to pick out her rings for our future wedding. Oh, Desmond, you are a road well traveled and the holder of many memories.
I guess a picture is worth a thousand words.
Desmond Down Under will be for sale along with a few other photos. >
Next months post will explain in more detail.