San Francisco Vacation: Day 5

What yesterday was to trains, today was to prisons.  Yep, today was the trip to Alcatraz!

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In true prison fashion, the day started very early.  We thought David was on his way to being adjusted to the time change, but he woke up at 4:30 again this morning.  It took us a while to get out of the house, but once we did we made our way down to Pier 39 to wander around before our Alcatraz trip.

Somehow we made our way back over to the sea lions on Pier 39, and let me tell you, you do not want to be in the area when there isn’t a strong wind to help clear the air.  I couldn’t get within 20 feet of the water’s edge for wanting to throw up from the smell.  Horrid.

All morning all we heard from David was how much he wanted to ride a train.  We crossed our fingers that riding a boat would suffice, and it did.  Here he is on the trip to the island, waving goodbye to the other boats and people.

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Less than 30 minutes later, here he is completely passed out as we started the tour through the prison.  We’re glad because this alowed us both to listen to the excellent audio tour. 

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Ana and I both enjoyed the audio tour much more than we expected.  It was a very good combination of stories/descriptions by both past guards and inmates.  They really made the place come to life. 

It was described that these few cells were the most desired in the building.   They got natural light, a view of the sunset, and they explained how on some evenings they could hear people in the city laughing and having fun. 

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David woke up just in time to experience walking into one of the 4 or 5 solitary confinement cells.  Yep, it was rather chilling to be standing in there.   Ugh.

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After the tour was over we headed to Hard Rock Cafe to grab a quick lunch, then headed back to the house and passed out.  There was a lot of walking; that combined with the cool air just took it out of all of us.

We’re still trying to figure out what to do tomorrow.  Either tomorrow or Tuesday we’re going to spend at the Acquarium and we’re tempted to drive back down to the redwood forest on the other day.  We’ll see!