WPC: Afloat

This week the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is to interpret the word afloat in a photograph.

It was always a rare treat to walk up one of the main cables of the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog. We only did it in emergency situations such as this, when the elevator in the tower stopped working and people were stuck on top.

The noise of the traffic below quiets down the farther you travel up the cable. There is nothing but you and your partner on top of a moist round orange pathway and soon your vision is the same in all directions—white.

If you are really lucky, you will break through the fog when you reach the top of the tower and experience the vast blue sky ceiling above and the sea of white below. The top of the tower is your own private spaceship at this point—afloat between heaven and earth.

Problems? We ain’t got no stinkin’ problems!

Afloat in the Fog © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Afloat in the Fog
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

  27 comments for “WPC: Afloat

  1. April 14, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    That last line…perfect! What a great feeling it is whenever those kinds of moments come.


    • April 14, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      Thanks, Stephanie. I get those moments in different situations nowadays and I truly miss the daily view from my “old office”. Ω

      Liked by 1 person

  2. April 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    I wondered what you would do for this challenge. You outdid yourself with by sharing a rare experience that very few of us earthbound folks ever get. Thank you.


    • April 11, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      Thanks, Carol. Working at the GGB was one of those “life-experiences”. I am glad that I did not miss out on it. Ω

      Liked by 1 person

  3. April 11, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    So you walked in the clouds. Breathtaking!


  4. Sue
    April 10, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Love the image and your prose….

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 10, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      Thanks, Sue. I tried to walk the line between anecdote and explanation. I am old-school in that respect: a good photo doesn’t need words, but sometimes a good story fits into a photo. Ω

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sue
        April 11, 2015 at 2:33 AM

        I would agree!


  5. April 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Allan, thanks for taking me with you via your words and excellent photo. Those are the only ways I’ll ever be up on a structure such as this. I’m a height-wiener!



    • April 10, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      A “height-wiener”…I love it. It is right up there with being “vertically-challenged” (short).

      I am glad that you liked the photo and the essay, Janet. Ω


      • April 10, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        I’m not tall, about 5’5″, but don’t consider myself to be described by the perfect phrase “vertically -challenged.” However, I’m definitely a height-wiener, although I did manage to get on our roof in Cleveland for cleaning, quite an accomplishment for me.


      • April 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM

        Congrats on the roof. How was the view?


      • April 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM

        It was quite good but, from atop a second story, rather high for me. We owned an unusual house which didn’t have gutters (but not to worry, it had a system for the water to get off the roof), so we had to go up there and get the leaves and seeds out so water didn’t sit there and then get into the house.


      • April 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM

        Ahhh, the joys of owning a home…


      • April 10, 2015 at 12:31 PM

        If it had been a normal situation with gutters, it would have been much simpler…and lower. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  6. April 10, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Wow, you were definitely privileged to have the opportunity to go up there. How did you get up? I’m very afraid of heights myself, so I’m wondering how you did that. Was there an exterior elevator for the staff?


    • April 10, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      There is an “elevator” inside the east leg of both towers. It is about 1m square in size. We walked up the cable from mid-span that day—about a .5 mile hike with a 500 ft rise in elevation. And yes, it was a privilege to work there and be allowed to do that. Ω


  7. April 10, 2015 at 11:37 AM



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