Cross over the Bridge from 2018 to 2019

Tacoma Narrows Bridge or “Galoppin’ Gertie”, between Tacoma and Kitsap Peninsula, Washington. It was collapsed in under 40 mph (64 km/h) wind conditions only four months after its opening, on November 7, 1940. The only casualty was a dog who had been left in a stalled car by its owner.

We, with sheer abandon, delight and impunity, borrow anything and everything at hand in order to make a point.

On January 1, 2019 we crossed over from a turbulent and precarious past year.  What we traverse above and beyond remains to be seen.  Safer havens we hope.

  
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If you wish to experience the breathtaking panoramas of the mountainous Ai-Petri region on the southeastern coast of Crimea, you must first brave the wooden bridges that tower over vast ravines.
  
 
Stomach-jolting: You have to have nerves of steel to risk death or                                                      serious injury                                                      when you take on                                                      one of the world's                                                      most dangerous                                                      trails - Mount Hua                                                      in China. It                                                      features                                                      stomach-churning                                                      drops, vertical                                                      ascents, steep                                                      staircases and                                                      narrow walkways,                                                      with only a small                                                      chain to cling                                                      onto
Stomach-jolting: You have to have nerves of steel to risk death or serious injury when you take on one of the world’s most dangerous trails – Mount Hua in China.
 
It features stomach-churning drops, vertical ascents, steep staircases and narrow walkways, with only a small chain to cling onto.
  
 
One                                                        way of getting                                                        across the Hunza                                                        River in the                                                        Karakoram                                                        Mountains of                                                        Pakistan is by                                                        the rickety                                                        Hussaini bridge,                                                        which consists                                                        of various                                                        pieces of wood                                                        strapped                                                        horizontally
One way of getting across the Hunza River in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan is by the rickety Hussaini bridge, which consists of various pieces of wood strapped horizontally.
 
 A long way to                                                      go: Trift Bridge                                                      in Switzerland is                                                      the                                                      longestpedestrian-only                                                      suspension bridge                                                      in the Alps at 557                                                      feet in length
A   long way to go: Trift Bridge in Switzerland is the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Alps at 557 feet in length.
  
 
The Titlis                                                      Cliff Walk in                                                      Switzerland hangs                                                      9842 ft above sea                                                      level and offers                                                      mountainous views                                                      - and sweaty palms                                                      - for those                                                      willing to travel                                                      across it
The Titlis Cliff Walk in Switzerland hangs 9842 ft above sea level and offers mountainous views – and sweaty palms – for those willing to travel across it.
  
A                                                      glass-bottom                                                      walkway installed                                                      on the side of a                                                      cliff has cracked                                                      under the pressure                                                      of huge throngs                                                      during the                                                      week-long National                                                      Day holidays    The                                                      walkway when it                                                      first opened at                                                      the end of the                                                      month  One                                                      of travellers                                                      biggest fears was                                                      realised last week                                                      when a tourist                                                      dropped a mug on a                                                      glass walkway on                                                      the Yuntai                                                      Mountain, Henan                                                      Province causing                                                      the floor to                                                      shatter. The                                                      attraction opened                                                      in September and                                                      has now been                                                      closed for                                                      repairs
Travellers’ biggest fears were realised last week when a tourist dropped a mug on a glass walkway on the Yuntai Mountain, Henan Province, causing the floor to shatter.
 
The attraction opened in September and has now been closed for repairs.
   
Completed in                                                      2004, the Langkawi                                                      Sky Bridge is                                                      built on top of                                                      the Machinchang                                                      mountain in                                                      Malaysia and hangs                                                      at about 328 ft                                                      above the ground.                                                      The walkway can                                                      accommodate up to                                                      250 people at the                                                      same time and                                                      swings out over                                                      the landscape to                                                      give visitors a                                                      unique look at the                                                      landscape
Completed in 2004, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain in Malaysia and hangs at about 328 ft above the ground. The walkway can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time and swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique look at the landscape.
 
There                                                      are three vine                                                      bridges in                                                      Shikoku, the                                                      smallest of Japan                                                      s four main                                                      islands, which are                                                      constructed using                                                      slats of wood                                                      placed between 7                                                      and 12 inches                                                      apart, secured in                                                      place with two                                                      single vines - not                                                      recommended for                                                      those who prefer                                                      solid ground
There are three vine bridges in Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, which are constructed using slats of wood placed between 7 and 12 inches apart, secured in place with two single vines – not recommended for those who prefer solid ground. 
  
Suspended                                                      above the massive                                                      and foreboding                                                      ravines in                                                      Daedunsan                                                      Provincial Park in                                                      South Korea, the                                                      visitor bridges                                                      and ladder-like                                                      walkways make for                                                      an                                                      adreneline-filled                                                      experience
Suspended above the massive and foreboding ravines in Daedunsan Provincial Park in South Korea, the visitor bridges and ladder-like walkways make for an adrenaline-filled experience.
 
While                                                      it may look like                                                      one of the more                                                      secure bridges in                                                      the collection,                                                      the Millau Viaduct                                                      in France is so                                                      high it is often                                                      above the clouds.                                                      In fact at its                                                      highest point, the                                                      bridge is taller                                                      than the Eiffel                                                      Tower
While it may look like one of the more secure bridges in the collection, the Millau Viaduct in France is so high it is often above the clouds.
 
In fact at its highest point, the bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower.
  
Hold                                                      on tight: Visitors                                                      can journey                                                      through the jagged                                                      needle-like                                                      pinnacles of                                                      Tsingy de Bemaraha                                                      National Park via                                                      wooden bridges                                                      with little                                                      support each side
Hold on tight: Visitors can journey through the jagged needle-like pinnacles of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park via wooden bridges with little support each side.
 
You                                                      won't want to                                                      stumble while                                                      walking across the                                                      Devil's Bridge in                                                      Red Rock-Secret                                                      Mountain                                                      Wilderness Area                                                      outside Sedona,                                                      Arizona, which has                                                      sheer drops either                                                      side of its arched                                                      structure
You won’t want to stumble while walking across the Devil’s Bridge in Red Rock-Secret Mountain
Wilderness Area outside Sedona, Arizona, which has sheer drops either side of its arched structure.
 
If                                                      you want to                                                      experience the                                                      rocky St. Gervasio                                                      gorges in                                                      Piedmont, Italy,                                                      one way is to go                                                      through it - via                                                      the tiny Tibetan                                                      bridge
If you want to experience the rocky St. Gervasio gorges in Piedmont, Italy, one way is to go through it – via the tiny Tibetan bridge.
 
Don't                                                      look down: The                                                      Royal Gorge                                                      Suspension bridge                                                      in Colorado is                                                      America s highest                                                      suspension bridge                                                      at 1,053 feet                                                      above ground
Don’t look down: The Royal Gorge Suspension bridge in Colorado is America’s highest suspension bridge at 1,053 feet above ground.
  
Spanning                                                      nearly a miles                                                      across the                                                      Taungthaman Lake                                                      in Myanmar, the                                                      U-Bein Bridge is a                                                      rickety platform                                                      made of teakwood.                                                      The bridge is held                                                      together on both                                                      sides with 1,086                                                      pillars that come                                                      up out of the                                                      water, and it                                                      looks like it                                                      could do with some                                                      extra support in                                                      places
Spanning nearly a miles across the Taungthaman Lake in Myanmar, the U-Bein Bridge is a rickety platform made of teakwood.
 
The bridge is held together on both sides with 1,086 pillars that come up out of the water, and it looks like it could do with some extra support in places.
  
If                                                      you are heavy                                                      footed, you may                                                      wish to find an                                                      alternative way                                                      across the rivers                                                      in Vietnam. Monkey                                                      bridges include                                                      one giant log for                                                      your feet, and                                                      another smaller                                                      one for your                                                      hands
If you are heavy footed, you may wish to find an alternative way across the rivers in Vietnam. Monkey bridges include one giant log for your feet, and another smaller one for your hands.  Would you attempt this wearing flip-flops?
  
Originally                                                      the Carrick-a-Rede                                                      Rope Bridge in                                                      Northern Ireland                                                      only had one                                                      handrail.                                                      Thankfully today                                                      there are more                                                      robust safety                                                      features in place,                                                      but it is still a                                                      scary experience                                                      for those who gaze                                                      down on the rocks                                                      below
Originally the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland only had one handrail.
Thankfully, today, there are more robust safety features in place, but it is still a scary experience for those who gaze down on the rocks below.
 
The                                                      Qeswachaka Bridge                                                      in Peru is an Inca                                                      rope bridge placed                                                      over canyons,                                                      gorges and rivers                                                      and is a handwoven                                                      bridge made out of                                                      a local grass                                                      called Qoya. Every                                                      year local                                                      villagers make the                                                      bridge, before it                                                      deteriorates                                                      through wear and                                                      tear
The Qeswachaka Bridge in Peru is an Inca rope bridge placed over canyons, gorges and rivers and is a hand woven bridge made out of a local grass called Qoya.
 
Every year local villagers remake the bridge, before it deteriorates through wear and tear.
  
This                                                      viewing platform                                                      at the Aiguille Du                                                      Midi mountain in                                                      Chamonix-Mont-Blanc                                                      more than earns                                                      its place on the                                                      list with its                                                      terrifying 9,200ft                                                      drop
This viewing platform at the Aiguille Du Midi mountain in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc more than earns its place on the list with its terrifying 9,200 ft. drop.

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