Ever since I saw Wings over California, I’ve challenged myself and my family to get out and enjoy our state a little more. I mean, California is a pretty cool place with a lot of great things to do and see, so we should get out and enjoy it all, right? So we decided to just go for it this weekend and headed over to the city to check out the infamous Alcatraz. Being so close to Halloween, it made sense to go somewhere spooky!
We stayed at Parc 55 in the city. It was a great hotel, but I still think my favorite is the Westin (formerly the Argent). I took a few early morning sunrise pictures from our room in the comfort of my jammies before we left for the day (trust me; this is the best way to take pictures before 8:00am)! The we headed over to Max’s for brunch and hopped on the F-Line street car to Pier 33.
It was a bit cold and rainy, but hey, this is San Francisco in October, so there you go. The prison itself was very, very….interesting. What a wild concept, a maximum security prison on an island with underground tunnels. It just sounds made-up. The whole place was just so isolated, but in a very cool way. We learned a lot of facts about prision life back then and about the island itself.
It had been too long since we’ve been to good old San Fran. I see many more day trips in our future.
Here are a few snaps from our outing.