If you drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and continue north, past the viewing platforms and tour bus pull-outs, Highway 101 will take you up a steep, winding, bayside cliff. At the fulcrum of the hill sits a tunnel, the entrance to which is painted with a rainbow. Although the rainbow is a welcome, charming sight, the real beauty of Waldo Tunnel actually lies in driving in through the undecorated southbound entrance, only to emerge suddenly and dramatically onto a sweeping vista of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and the delicate plate of downtown and the Marina district resting gently on the water.
Today the California State Legislature passed a resolution to re-name the tunnel after actor Robin Williams. It's a fitting tribute, considering Williams lived just on the other side of the tunnel and would have been a part of his unconscious mind, too. It seems serendipitous that the tunnel already comes decorated with Mork's rainbow suspenders!
It'll take a while for CalTrans to price, source, and install the new signs, so while it's more or less official, don't expect to see it in green and white for at least a couple more months. In the meantime, I'll be back with July's entry in a few short weeks (I really seriously promise this time)!