Summer Hiking

Summer Hiking
Mt. Constitution

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Alcatraz Tour

I've visited San Francisco many times, but had never taken the Alcatraz Island Tour so Anne, Colin, and I got on the ferry at Pier 33 around 10:00 AM and learned a lot about the Island.  Alcatraz, built as a "heavily fortified military site on the West Coast", formed a "triangle of defense" along with Fort Point and Lime Point, and ensured security to the bay. The island was also the site of the first operational lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States.[10] Alcatraz never fired its guns offensively, though during the war it was used to imprison Confederate sympathizers and privateers on the west coast.[19]It is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools and a seabird colony (mostly western gullscormorants, and egrets).

We rode a ferry from Pier 33 and this is the first view of the facility.
The shower area for all new prisoners.

Some men learned how to knit
And to paint
This cell recreated an escape attempt!

Loved the view of San Francisco from here!

I always have to take pictures of the flowers
We ended the day observing the seals sunbathing on the pier!
Ah, to be free to climb trees and eat ice cream in Golden Gate Park

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