Maple Canyon: Bridges and birds
Early this morning I went exploring in an urban canyon — longtime readers know how early I go exploring. There is a pedestrian bridge that goes over this canyon, and while I’ve been on the bridge many times, I’ve always wanted to find a way down into the canyon since I could see dirt trails from up above. Here’s the bridge:
That’s the Quince Street bridge over Maple Canyon. The bridge is 236 feet long and was completed in 1905. It had been closed and scheduled to be destroyed in the 1980s because of termite and wood-rot damage. However, neighborhood activists came together to raise money for its repairs, and after a long overhaul, it was reopened in 1990. It was closed again on March 20, 2011, when a massive eucalyptus tree fell on it. After $90,000 of repairs, it was reopened on September 10, 2011.
Here’s the location of the bridge and the path I took hiking through Maple Canyon this morning:
Notice on the map that I had to travel under 1st Avenue, and that means under another bridge:
That is the 1st Avenue Bridge, built in 1931. It is 463 feet long and rises 104 feet above Maple Canyon below. Since it is the only steel arch bridge in the city, it is listed as a historic structure. It was closed for 15 months in 2009-2010 for renovations and seismic retrofitting, reopening to great fanfare on February 22, 2010.
During my hike, I realized that I was being stalked. Everywhere I looked, I saw this little fellow nearby:
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Posted on October 10, 2012, in Birds, Fauna, Manmade, Mother & Father Nature, Out & About, Photos and tagged 1st avenue bridge san diego, bird pictures, maple canyon san diego, quince street bridge san diego. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.