While on vacation last week in San Francisco, I decided to take the Hergert Numbers to Alcatraz. Everybody knows about the prison, but there's a lot more to the island than that! There are beautiful gardens that are kept up very nicely by a large number of volunteers. Also, while the prison was still in operation, several of the guards and their families lived on the island. So, at any given time there were between 60 and 80 kids living on Alcatraz. And I was completely unaware of the Indian occupation of the island for 19 months in the early 1970's. This was a protest over government policies towards Native Americans.
So, there's lots to see on Alcatraz Island. Plus, there's already been a Golden Gate bridge HN picture (see the July 28, 2011 blog entry), so I had to go somewhere unique!
I did take a couple other shots during the trip. Here I am at Ghirardelli Square just after picking up some chocolate.
A couple days prior to that, we visited the tallest trees in the world at the Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco.