Friday, January 25, 2013

The Rock

After almost a year in the bay area, we finally got organised far enough in advance to secure weekend tickets to Alcatraz recently! Hooray!


I was pretty excited about this trip and it certainly didn't disappoint. I love history and Alcatraz has a fascinating story which was well told through the award winning audio guide. Rather then just being a historical narration, the guide features both guards and inmates and not only walks you through the various parts of the prison, but explains some of the attempted breakouts and battles. I was thankful that Ollie was napping in his stroller as it meant we could take the tour at our leisure rather then having to rush around in an attempt to keep the boy entertained.

It was a long, steep walk up to the prison itself; a walk on which the signs of the Indian occupation during the '70's became evident...



The tour led us throughout the interior of the prison - explaining various escape attempts and battles along the way...






One thing that really stood out to me was the views. The mighty Golden Gate bridge & Marin headlands were in full view from the recreation yard. It must have been a strange feeling to be imprisoned in the middle of nowhere yet with life on the outside in such plain sight...


I didn't realise that the families of the staff actually lived here during its years as a prison. Families, including small children - I just can't imagine what it would be like raising a family in such a place. The staff housing was all in ruins...



Alcatraz - it wasn't quite as creepy as I was expecting, but far more interesting...





And... It was fun playing tourist again!


14 comments:

  1. I went there 2 summers ago and loved it! Man, you took some really awesome pictures! Thanks for the memories!

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  2. So cool! Def on one of my places to visit list!

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  3. Great pictures. Was this not one of the eeriest places ever?!

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  4. Fantastic pictures! I grew up in Northern California and have been to SF many times, but never Alcatraz! It seems like a really interesting place..imagine if the prison wasn't there and your house was! Ahhhh! The views!!

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  5. Oh my gosh, what amazing pictures!

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  6. ... makes me miss the Bay Area!

    That photo with the turquoise light? PERFECTION.

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  7. Great pics. I am visiting you via the Aloha Friday blog Hop and following you as well. Hope you will so the same. Thanks Anu

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  8. I had no idea the staff's families lived there, but I suppose it makes sense. You don't really want regular transportation back and forth to the mainland.

    I'm here from the almost Friday Thursday blog hop.

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  9. Great photos! I lived in the Bay Area for years and only saw Alcatraz from a distance. Next time, I'll need to hop on a ferry and check it out up close.

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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  10. Alcatraz was hands down the highlight of our time in San Fran. Such a great tour and a fascinating place. Love all your photos :)

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  11. Awesome pics. I've watched a documentary on the place. It does have great history like you said. I too could not imagine raising kids there, wow.

    I found your blog on the Everyday Harvet Hop. :) Have a great weekend!

    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

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  12. Our family just watched a movie about alcatraz and we really want to visit sometime. We're about 4 hours from S.F! Your photos are beautiful. Glad you shared :)

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  13. What an incredible day trip! Kellie xx

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  14. Oh wow, that would be an interesting place to visit!

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