Thursday, April 28, 2011

San Francisco Vacation - Day 2

We woke up to an absolutely gorgeous day Thursday and it was exactly what we needed for our day on Alcatraz Island! We arrived at our scheduled tour time and took a ferry out to the island since the island is about 1-1/4 miles from San Francisco. Once arriving on the island we disembarked for a short narrative about the island before we were free to roam.

Guard Tower

Views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island.

Views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco.

San Francisco

View of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Our first stop was a building that was used when the island was occupied by the military before the prison was there. We watched a short film there about the history of the island before continuing up to the prison for a self-guided walking tour. Before we received our headphones for the walking tour we were able to see the shower room where all the inmates showered. They were only allowed to shower once or twice a week.

After receiving our headphones we continued on to see the cells where the inmates were housed.

Andrew standing in "The Hole".

One of the cells that was escaped from.
You can see the grate down on the ground and the enlarged hole in the wall they slid through leaving the dummy head in their bed.

Through here you could see the pipes they climbed up to get to the roof of the building for their escape.

After leaving the The Rock and heading back to San Francisco, we wandered through the shops on Pier 39 and stopped to see the sea lions that live there year round. They were pretty funny actually. Every so often one would decide he wanted to sleep on the other end of the platform he was on so instead of swimming to the other side and getting back up he would crawl over the top of all the sea lions on the platform and they would all moan and groan. :P

Views of Alcatraz Island from Pier 39.

After leaving Pier 39 we walked across the street to have dinner at Rainforest Cafe. We love the good food and atmosphere in this restaurant from our experience in San Antonio so now whenever there is a Rainforest Cafe where we're at on vacation we make it a point to go there for dinner.

Janet waiting for our table. :)

Andrew waiting at the bar. ;)

Random pineapple picture from the gift shop. ;)

After dinner we continued on down to Fisherman's Wharf. Along the way was the wax museum where Andrew posed for a picture with Obama. :P

An absolutely fantastic and my favorite day in San Francisco!

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