Usually when The Inspector and I go on road trips we tend to avoid big cities and San Francisco would have been no exception. However, we all really wanted to see the famous prison on Alcatraz Island, popularly know in movies and books as The Rock.
In order to make one of the first boats of the day we had to leave early in the morning before breakfast was served. Nourishment to start this day was donuts picked up the night before at a local market.
Crossing over the bay bridge from Oakland we arrive at the ferry terminal located on the waterfront.
Once we were on board the ferry, it was just a short trip across the water to the prison. It was a bit overcast and chilly so we were glad we had brought along our jackets.
The island is now run by the National Park Service and has become a popular place to tour.
The cell block is pretty forbidding, it looks even more so up close. Most inmates brought here stayed an average of about 5 years.
A typical cell was 5x9 feet. Fortunately for the inmates, each one got his own cell and they were allowed a few personal items.
Below you can see the youngest standing inside a cell used for solitary. It was larger than the average cell but since an inmate would have stayed in this cell 24 hours a day that wouldn't have been much compensation. Standing on the inside looking out feels very claustrophobic.
This post is not complete and was posted by mistake. I don't know how to take it off without deleting the entire thing so I took off the photos I hadn't commented on yet. Maybe I will be adding more to it at another time or else just moving on to another day. So now it looks like I am going to be leaving you languishing in a prison cell. Not the upbeat note I was planning for.
Has anyone else ever done this?