Monday, March 26, 2007

alcatraz...

I've been in Northern California since 1984 and I've yet to visit Alcatraz.

Until now.

Kevin and I got up early (no easy feat since i had a little too much fun the night before) and got our daily Starbucks and headed in to the city. We found the most awesomest parking and headed over to Hornblower to wait for my cousins:
here's our boat:


FINALLY, my cousins arrived, which was relieving because I was afraid we'd miss the boat. And i most certainly would have cried like a little girl because there were no more tickets available...
It was a big group too. Me, Mira, her twins, Helena, Dave, his 3 boys and a german exchange student who was just a lovely girl.

I have not seen my cousin, Helena (on the right) since i was 16 years old~!


The trip was really cool. When you're slightly hungover, there ain't nothin' like a cold & windy boat ride. It was only 15 minutes or so til we got to the island. I felt like a little girl getting all excited about what's to come. i'm very immature.

The rest of the pictures are of the day. of course, my batteries died and i didn't bring extras so there aren't too many but please enjoy what i done did get...

view of golden gate from boat


view of city from boat


and view of alcatraz from boat


Once we got on the island, we decided we would watch the 15 minute film that explains the history of Alcatraz. there were actual families that lived on this island. The children had to ride a boat to and from the island to the main land to attend school.

After the movie, we received a recording device that would walk us through the tour. it was REALLY cool because you could pause it and walk around other areas if you felt like it. Kevin was offended because the "inmates" were whistling at him as we walked down the corrider to our next tourist spot. at one point you could hear the dramatization of a man stabbing another. and an actual inmate talking about the sound of "snap" and "swish"of the blade as it entered another's back...they had actual Alcatraz inmates talking on the recording which is just way cool.
crumbled dining hall on island


one of many tiny, tiny cells


This is the infamous cell of one of the Anglin brothers that spent a YEAR digging the vent hole out big enough for them to escape. the head you can barely see on the cot is the actual head they made to give them more time to escape.



Outside was really pretty...the stairs were steep and scary but we managed.

this one is of the rec yard...not very large; but, some of the inmates did mention how torturous it was to be able to see San Francisco only a mile away. and at times they could hear partying, laughing and the sounds of a busy city when the wind would blow their way.



me on the rec yard stairs



This is a really cool view on the west side. you can't tell how steep it is but it was...look how tiny the boat is:



well after all that, it was most definitely time for beer. YAY!!


and just because...here's my baby looking absolutely adorable:


Here's that same adorable Kody smelling my friends shit breath:

see that look in his eyes? I've seen that look before...

9 Comments:

Blogger Melody Polakow said...

I LOVE that crumbled dining hall pic.. it's awesome!

I was there 16 years ago.. it really freaked me out for some reason.. the vibe was so bad..

3:05 PM  
Blogger doggybloggy said...

how cool I have been there but it was so long ago was it still raining? lol

3:14 PM  
Blogger buffalodickdy said...

Co-workers in steel sales tell of calling on the max security prison in Jackson, MI. They would issue them raincoats because of the discusting things that the inmates would try to hit visitors with...

3:59 PM  
Blogger Michelle Ann said...

Love that second picture of Kevin...love his "fierce" supermodel pose... ha ha. Glad you had fun! I know you needed some levity in your life.

8:39 PM  
Blogger pinknest said...

wow how cool!! i want to go to alcatraz. and have beer.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

They could also smell the chocolate from Ghiridelli Square.

3:31 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Kody is so cute. I love him!!!

Never been to Alcatraz in my handful o'trips up to your neck of the woods... maybe someday i go?? Looks like a place i need to check out, even if it's depressing and has a checkered past. Scary vibe there for sure, even from afar AND in the pix you share here...

8:21 PM  
Blogger Slinky Redfoot said...

what a perfect Alcaltrazie day too!

2:00 PM  
Blogger StefanMD said...

Hey Tanya, this is funny stuff! i have enjoyed reading it. Good luck with Kody and have fun being single until your manservant sweeps you off your feet!

6:47 PM  

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