Yeah I went to prison ... all by myself and voluntarily :D
I invested some money and visited Alcatraz. First I had a joy ride one of those famous cable cars and after a brisk walk I was at the Alcatraz Landing pier.
|Cable Cars: old concept - still working fine.
|Amazing how those cars manage the steep hills.
|That was my ride.
|Of course must have a Xmas car
I got lucky and they still had tickets for the same day and a few moments later I could jump on the boat to the island. I must admit that this was the first (and hopefully last) time in a prison. It was not a pleasant place to be, yet interesting. Plenty of old stuff from the 60s was on display and the audio tour helped to get a decent picture of what life must have been there.
|Approaching the island
|The island did have some real pretty sides.
|Guard house at one corner of the recreation area.
|Audio tour was great - make sure you get your headset!
|One of the inmate's cell of the famous escape - June 1962
|Door locking mechanism
|and the lever at the end of the cells.
|Gun gallery with the reminding key.
|Looks like a big breakfast
|Recreation area with a view of Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco
|What a view - a real teaser for the inmates.
|Nice garden at Alcatraz - (Eng.: Arum, Suomeksi: kalla) a beautiful flower in America used at weddings, in Finland at funerals.
|Some old stuff left.
|And there was this beautiful full rainbow.
There was also an interesting exhibition (@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz).
|Alcatraz had many purposes - it was built originally as a fortress.
The weather was inviting and I decided to explore a bit the city by walking from the Alcatraz landing pier back to the motel. I saw some of the famous and known from movies landscapes (see also the travelogue). The hills were extreme and I could feel that I am in lousy physical condition – now I had the chance to improve my cardio a little :D
A short video clip about my Alcatraz experience :)