Many people see the Golden Gate for what it is. A stretch of beautiful bridge that spans San Francisco Bay. A landmark that’s often blanketed in curtains of fog.
But many people fail to see what’s beneath it. No, I’m not talking about the goliath ships that sail beneath it’s frame. Nor am I talking about the whales that visit the inland shores.
I’m talking about Fort Point.
The fortress stood strong, protecting San Francisco harbor from attack during the Civil War. (As it turns out, Confederate ships were on their way into SF Bay, ready to attack the Fort and control the west, when they discovered the war had ended. Only a few weeks earlier and there might’ve been a battle between the South and the West!) During World War II, Fort Point was used to keep a watchful eye on the anti-submarine net that stretched across the mouth of the bay and back.
Now, it’s a National Historic Site. An awesome one. It also happens to be the scene for my kick-ass climax of my work-in-progress. I researched the heck out of the place online. I tapped into every resource I could find. (Mainly Google, Wikipedia, and the Fort Point site itself.) But for some reason, my vision fell short.
I didn’t just want to know about the Fort. I wanted to see it with my own eyes. I wanted to feel it. The fading brick and mortar walls. The dusty stone floor. I wanted to know if chills would creep up my neck when I descended down one of the three steep (and very dark) staircases. I wanted to feel that unforgiving San Francisco wind bite at my face when I traipsed along the roof.
And boy, did I get what I asked for. All that, and then some.
Take a gander…
Overall, I’m glad I went. My huge climactic battle scene is going to have so much more dimension than it would have before. It’s one thing to read about Fort Point’s haunts online…it’s something else entirely to experience it first hand.
**Side note: Don’t forget Sophie Littlefield’s book giveaway ends tomorrow. I’m going to choose a winner randomly from the people who commented on that specific Author Spotlight post. If you’re interested in entering, you can find information on the giveaway under “Labels” and “Sophie Littlefield” or “Pararomance Contests”.