After seeing it on postcards my entire life, I finally experienced the Golden Gate Bridge up close and personal today. The bridge is technically Highway 101 North, which links San Francisco and Marin County, Calif. The bridge was built in 1937, a feat some considered impossible because of the area's foggy weather, 60-mph winds and strong ocean currents. I'm told the two main cables contain enough steel wire (80,000 miles) to encircle the equator three times. And the concrete poured into its piers and anchorages would pave a 5-foot-wide sidewalk from New York to San Francisco. Oh, and I also learned the color of the bridge: International Orange.