Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Alcatraz

Until you've been to Alcatraz or are familiar with the west coast of the United States near San Francisco, you really don't get how cold and desolate Alcatraz Island is. And what a perfect place for a federal prison, except for the fact that bringing power and water and food to the island, let alone anything else was a huge challenge!
What a neat place to visit! There is so much history here and the audio tour is the BEST I've ever heard! It is narrated by former prison guards, prisoners and woman that was a child raised on the island when her father worked at Alcatraz. Obviously all with different perspectives about life on Alcatraz! What a challenging environment to live in on this fairly small island. And after visiting you can see why no one escaped! The winds howl, the water is frigid, and just getting out of a cell was a major feat, but there were 14 escape attempts. And oh my......to be stuck in isolation there!
You can get fabulous pictures there!!
 Here is what the island looks like when you are on the ferry going to the island. It is absolutely beautiful! The day could not have been any better either!
This is what a typical cell at Alcatraz looks like!



 This is the sign you see when you first disembark from the ferry to the Island. Do you see Indians Welcome?? That was from the 1970's when a group of Indian activists took over the Island and claimed it for all indians and wanted to use it. However, the federal government didn't allow that to happen. Things did begin to change for the indians after this incident.



 This is a shot of San Francisco from Alcatraz, you get a really nice view of the city here!
Here is my sister and her husband, Jeff and their daughter Rebekah, our tour guide!!

Jim and I with the city skyline!

  
The Golden Gate Bridge view from Alcatraz!
 If you are ever in San Francisco you definitely need to make plans to take the tour of Alcatraz! Enjoying this trip immensely and can't wait to share more with you!!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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