No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz. So I ordered tickets online and got us an early time to get on the Alcatraz boat. I assumed we would be able to take the ferry into the city again but I found out that the ferry didn’t run early enough for us to make it in time to catch the boat to Alcatraz. So, we had to ride the bus into the city. This wasn’t that big of a deal because the bus stop was closer to the campground than the ferry and we would be going over the Golden Gate Bridge.
One of us was very eager so early in the morning. We only waited about 5 minutes and our bus arrived.
There is the city. Then before I knew it we were at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Haha! It all happened so fast and before I knew it we were off.
Leaving San Fran….
and arriving at Alcatraz. We got off the boat and there was lady telling us about the different parts of the island and when Micheal heard there was a movie that’s the first place we went. Micheal loves to watch historical movies…..and youtube…Haha.
I didn’t understand this until we watched the film and during the 1970’s someone came up with the bright idea to let the Indians live on the island. It didn’t last long because duh…..The buildings were all ready showing signs of wear which is why they moved the prisoners out about 10-15 years earlier. Another interesting fact was that families lived on the island with the inmates…..
One woman who grew up on the island said she never saw any of the prisoners, but would occasionally hear them if they got riled up.
There is a society that keeps the grounds up and there are several species of birds living on the island.
The only problem with an audio tour was we kept losing Micheal. Mike and I would stop to talk about some of the things we were hearing and the next thing you know Micheal would be gone. Lost in his own audio world.
Maybe Al Capone thought he was going to an island resort. He looked very happy in his mugshot.
Another interesting fact we learned was that the inmates kept themselves very busy by crocheting, knitting, and drawing. Several inmates were allowed instruments and would play into the night entertaining the other inmates.
We learned of two incidents in the prison. First, was a hostile takeover. This incident was so bad that the military showed up and had to cut holes in the ceiling where the prisoners were holding some of the guards hostage……
The white spots are where the grenades went off…..this is very exciting stuff for Micheal!
Then there was the time four inmates used a spoon to dig a hole through the wall. These men made paper mache heads and attached real hair from their haircuts to the fake heads. They put these dummies in the beds and fooled the guards. This is like MacGyver!
I could see how this worked for the men.
Here is another hole that had been dug out. Once they got through the hole they were able to climb in between the walls and out of the building. After that nobody knows what happened to them. One theory is that one of the men who had been learning Spanish possibly made it to South America.
we came to the kitchen and cafeteria.
You can see the knife silhouettes were painted on the wall. The inmates would help in the kitchen and this was how the cooks knew that all the knives had been replaced. We also got to see where the inmates had there dental exams….
I love all the sailboats. Here is a video I took….
WOW!! So we didn’t get to see everything at Alcatraz because it was getting late in the day and we wanted to see one more thing in San Francisco …Lombard Street. We got back on the boat, got back to San Fran and followed our google map to this famous street. Little did we realize we were headed straight up!
Here is some video I shot. Traffic probably wouldn’t be so bad if the people didn’t stand in the middle of the road. But that’s just my own opinion.
He did walk up, with the promise of eating afterwards. I don’t know how the owners of the houses feel about all the foot traffic but we were happy to have the chance to explore the street. This was at the top of the street.
Such a beautiful city and the views never disappointed us.
It was pretty good. When we finished eating I was to full for ice cream…so sad. We were all pretty tired so we decided to head back to the ferry. No bus trip back for us. It was good but not as comfortable as the ferry.
Along the way we passed Fisherman’s Wharf.
I loved our visit to San Francisco! I hope to return and see more of this gorgeous city!
The Patricks take on Alcatraz 2015
Next up we start heading home..first stop, Nevada