THE ROCK

Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
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Trip End Apr 01, 2011


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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 2 in San Francisco started really early. We made our way down to Pier 39 this morning, only to find that the Alcatraz tour had moved to Pier 33. I am happy to report the weather here is just about as perfect as it could get. So the walk all the way to the end of the pier was very pleasant. Good thing we arrived early, as a large crowd was assembled for the 10:00 am boat ! We lined up and purchased our tickets for the 10:30 sailing to Alcatraz. Be prepared to pay $26.00 per person for the entry fee.This includes the audio guide once you arrive at the island, and it is highly recommended.


 

At the pier waiting to board the boat to Alcatraz Island. Most days there is a boat to the island running every half hour. Once you get over to the island you may stay as long as you like.We got to the island on the 10:30 boat and stayed about 3 hours. We took the audio tour,which I highly recommend. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour and has actual commentary from former prison guards and inmates.It really helps you understand what really went on during the years the prison was in operation.



 


Good views of the San Francisco skyline from the boat to Alcatraz Island



 

It is a very short distance from the harbor on the mainland to Alcatraz.The boat trip was approximately 12 minutes across.



 

Approaching the main dock on Alcatraz.




   


This is where the tour starts. Inside this area is the place where the prisoner's had to strip down and have a shower after they arrived at the prison.



 

Then the prisoner was escorted to the cell block. These are tiny little cells, with a bare cot,cold water,and a toilet bowl with no seat!


 

Looks like there were no comforts here!


     


If you were a really "hard case" you got sent to the hole. Some inmates would spend weeks here in solitary confinement!



 





 


 





 

Now that Alcatraz is no longer a prison, it is very well maintained, and has several manicured gardens.





 


After we concluded the tour of the prison and walked around the grounds( about 12 acres) we got back on the boat over to Pier 33. It was after 1:00 so we stopped at Pier 39 for some lunch, and then on to the Buena Vista for afternoon Irish coffee's!!


 
 


 










 

What a great way to end a splendid day touring and sightseeing in San Francisco. This city has so much to see and do. I am sure we will include a trip to San Fran next year on our way back home from Nicaragua !! 
Our 3 month journey is coming to the end tomorrow, as we get on the plane back home tomorrow afternoon.I have truly enjoyed sharing all of our daily adventures with a large following of "regular's". Thank you to all who have tuned in and commented along the way. It will seem sort of strange not doing an entry each day,but be assured I will be back again next year with all new adventures to blog about.Check back tomorrow evening for my final entry # 60!!   
  
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Marla on

Enjoyed the description of yr trip to the Rock Deed, brought back memories for me... Well not of actual incarceration thankfully (I believe it closed in 1961 but I could be wrong there) but the tour is very very interesting and informative isnt it? Did they tell you about the Birdman of Alcatraz and Al Capone, two of many memorable characters that did hard time there I think. Looking forward to seeing you back in Vancouver shortly, really loved yr blog..gonna miss it. Sniff.

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deedledee on

Yes it was a fun and informative day! Glad you enjoyed it. According to the tour guide Alcatraz was closed in 1963 by Senator Bobby Kennedy.Yes I got the "skinny" on both the Bird man,and Al Capone. Although it is not known which cell Al occupied, as he spent most of his time there in the hospital ,due to his ill health.Can't wait to come back to S.F. and do it all again!! Thanks again for your "continued support". I'm going to miss blogging too *sniff* See you in a few days !!

Ralph on

Good report about SF, neat city. I have spent a LOT of time there and always enjoyed even if it was work.
Keep the blog coming.... We miss you too.
Got Renda's Kids from CA back to SJdS and having a ball, with the Grandkids.

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