Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
60Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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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!!