San Francisco, CA
We arrived in San Francisco by going under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Golden Gate Bridge as the sun was rising
As we passed by
Ever wonder what the Golden Gate Bridge looks like from underneath? Here you go, you don’t need to wonder anymore!
Selfie with the bridge!
Then we arrived at port.
Once we were off, we took a tour that went to Sausalito, CA and Alcatraz. But first another look at the Golden Gate Bridge.
The weather was great!
These bears even decided it was a good day for a ride in a convertible.
Sousalito – had a pretty fountain.
We poked around in the shops in Sousalito – before heading to Alcatraz
To get to Alcatraz – you need to board one of their boats that takes you across the bay
When we first arrived, one of the rangers was giving us an orientation of the area.
This was a shower area – new arrivals would start here. They gave us little audio units with headphones – the tour was narrated by a previous inmate – the instructions would tell you to go to a certain spot and then the recording would tell you about the area… you could go at your own pace and rewind if you wanted something repeated.
This was the dining hall – the blackboard across the way had a menu and the bars led to the kitchen area, which the inmates were not allowed in.
Adam listening to the tour…
Adam standing in one of the cells.
Adam behind bars!
This was a recreation of the inmates that escaped – they put fake bodies in their beds while they escaped.
I think they said this was the warden’s house
The view of the city across the bay. The tour said that sometimes the inmates could hear picnics and parties and people enjoying life across the bay – and it depressed them.
An example of the guard’s uniforms
One of the looong cell blocks
The exercise yard
Information about the inmates that escaped and how they did it.
Solitary Confinement – and the floor level cells were ‘the hole.’ When the door was closed, they were pitch black – the inmates could not even see their hands in front of their faces
Adam inside ‘the hole’ – the tour said that inmates would entertain themselves by throwing a coin and spending time trying to find it in the dark
A regular cell – very small!
The Laundry area
I couldn’t get a very good photo of him – because he wanted to be paid for photos…one of the former inmates was signing books.
The inmate who was signing books….his book.
After our tour of Alcatraz, it was time to head back to the ship. We had a great time in San Francisco!
On to the next port!