San Francisco: Alcatraz and Baker Beach

On this third visit to San Francisco, Nick and I went there specifically to tour Alcatraz. It has been something we both wanted to do before but never got a chance to in this big city.

After seeing and doing the touristy things in San Francisco, we wanted to check out one of the city’s beaches before our night tour of Alcatraz. We chose Baker Beach because of its close proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge. The day was just beautiful and pleasant. We strolled the soft sand, people watched, and enjoyed the scenery. When we walked closer to the bridge, we noticed a bunch of naked men playing volleyball — a sign for us to turn around.

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Later, we took a short ferry ride over to Alcatraz Island from Pier 33. On this self-guided tour, we walked through the cellhouse, often being shouldered or head bumped because it was so crowded. Despite how touristy it was, we enjoyed seeing the island, learning about the prison’s history, and hearing the stories of the five inmates who escaped Alcatraz and were never accounted for.

Alcatraz Island and Prison

Alcatraz Island and Prison

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We were able to step inside the cells and imagine the confinement these inmates experienced.

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This is the cell of one of the escapees, Frank Morris. The prisoner placed the head of a homemade dummy to trick the guards as he made his escape through the chiselled air vent. Morris used spoons to dig out the vent which led to the utility corridor and onto his escape.

Angel Island in the background. This was where authorities believed the prisoners tried to escape to, but it was concluded that they drowned in the cold water before reaching mainland.

Angel Island in the background. This was where authorities believed the prisoners tried to escape to, but it was concluded that they drowned in the cold water before reaching mainland.

View of San Francisco

View of San Francisco

After the sunset and the California sky had turned a dark blue, we returned to San Francisco cold and hungry. We had a late dinner at Thai Idea Vegetarian and fought through traffic at 11 at night, returning to our hotel.

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