Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Alcatraz Island





Unfortunately we waited too late to try and get tickets to visit Alcatraz Island and they were all booked up, but I was able to get some photos of it by zooming in from various locations during our visit to San Francisco. Located a little over a mile offshore in San Francisco Bay, the island is the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. Through the years, it has been a military fortification, a military prison, and from 1934 to 1963, a notorious federal prison which was home to some of the most infamous criminals in U.S. history. It is now managed by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. The first two shots were taken from Pier 39. The third one was taken through the window of a restaurant while we were eating lunch in Sausalito on other side of the Bay. That is the Bay Bridge behind it. I took the last photo from the beach near the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a very cloudy and windy morning and I was watching that dog digging a hole in the sand with Alcatraz Island in the distance behind him.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

27 comments:

Lowell said...

Pretty darn good photos considering the conditions under which you were working. Fortunately, I was never caught so never had to reside here. Supposedly no one has ever escaped from Alcatraz, but I believe there was one man they never caught.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma ilha muito famosa.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Tom said...

...years ago your didn't need a reservation to get in.

biebkriebels said...

I had no intention to visit the prison, but watched the island from far as you did.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Excellent captures Lois..you can see why there weren't many escapes from Alcatraz ☺

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

That's some expensive real estate there, huh :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty views of the island and the cute dog. I visited the island back in 1983, A long time ago. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

Barbara Rogers said...

Loved the shot of the boatload of tourists zooming past. Ah, that's the life, eh? Well, I'm glad you played tourist and captured interesting photos of SF.

Sandra said...

love the dog pic and great shots of the prison from so far away. did you see San Francisco is under tsunami warnings? 7.9 earthquake off Alaska

Christine said...

Alcatraz has legendary status and I'm sure would be thrilling to visit. your photos from afar add to its mystique!

photodoug said...

Lois, Robert Franklin Stroud would be proud. Thanks for sharing.

Small City Scenes said...

Looks like a cold and forbidding place
MB

Sharon Anck said...

I planned to visit there when I was working in SF but, I never made it. You got some good photos from the distance.

Adam said...

I wouldn't mind taking a tour there

William Kendall said...

It looks foreboding.

A Colorful World said...

Such awesome shots of Alcatraz!

Revrunner said...

Uh, oh! What did you do?

RedPat said...

It is no wonder that there were no escapees!

Klara S said...

Pretty views. Such a shame you couldn't get there. Maybe next time...

Tanya Breese said...

Looks like that dog's digging to China haha...great shots...sorry you didn't get a chance to tour it 😞

bill burke said...

Some wonderful shots, Lois. I never got a chance to see it when I was there. I've read a book about it when some big criminals were hosed there. Sorry you couldn't get a tour but you got some excellent photos. Maybe next time you'll get to tour it.

Kay said...

From what I understand, the Alcatraz tour is one of the most popular in the Bay Area so tickets can be hard to come by. It was also the site of an Indian occupation in the 1970s. You got some good pictures of it. We never went there. The tours of the old prison cells can be spooky, I hear.

BeachGypsy said...

Hi there Lois, I have just made it over now because our sweet older doggie has been sick--she is getting on much better now and I came over and saw the photos you added, thanks so much!! I am loving them! So bright and colorful, and I see they still sell the Summer of Love shirts---so cool! I also love the picture of the hippie buses all lined up in the window. Well, that is what we called them anyway, buses, they werent' really buses but vans and such. I am enjoying your visit to San Francisco very much and love the pictures of the sea lions too,Alcatraz, and especially the ones of CHINATOWN---wow, you got some great shots there for sure! you should enter some of those in photography contest in the "color" division! Lots of neat things in the shops there, what did you buy to take home? Oh, and one more question-----did y'all ride CABLE CAR!!!??? LOL I loved visiting San Francisco with you, I've never been so this was fun!

Tamera said...

I swear, one day I will make it to Alcatraz Island. It's on my list! I'm fascinated by its history.

I'm so enjoying your SF pictures, Lois! :)

Lowcarb team member said...

You got some good shots here ...

All the best Jan

Sandi said...

Imagine back when it was a notorious prison, if you told the prisoners that one day people would buy tickets to come see Alcatraz! Haha...life is weird.

David Gascoigne said...

I visited Alcatraz many years ago. It is hard to believe the emotions of the inmates looking out at San Francisco, knowing that they would never again be free to go there, I, of course, was especially drawn to The Birdman of Alcatraz, played by Burt Lancaster in a movie.