Sunshine Skyway

Ok – back to Florida.

And the warm afternoon in Tampa.

Except now we were on our way to St. Petersburg over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. (Doesn’t the name itself make you want to go there?)

The bridge is 4.1 miles and was completed in 1987. Actually the name is the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge – Bob Graham was the governor of Florida when the bridge was being designed. He was the one who wanted to make the bridge similar to one he had seen in France.

The Sunshine Skyway was #3 in the list of top ten bridges in the world according to a Travel Channel survey.

Interestingly because of the length of the bridge and the climate (sunshine makes the water sparkle) – the bridge is often used in car commercials.

We did not see any car commercials when we drove across the bridge.

The bridge also has a “dark side” with people thinking that jumping off the side is a good idea … but won’t go into that here.

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