It’s very surprising that being from the bay area, I had never been to Alcatraz until this past weekend. I knew I’d eventually make it there but didn’t feel a sense of urgency since it’s just right there in the bay and I see it from a distance all the time. My mom and stepdad had never been either so we planned a trip with Rob, who had been but many years ago, for this past Saturday. It was interesting and beautiful even though so many dark things have happened on this little island.
Once you arrive, you are greeted by a park ranger who explains all the details of where you need to go and what times to be able to return to SF. They will also point you in the right direction of where to pick up your audio tours from to get started around the property.
There were three escapees who are still unaccounted for to this day. They stowed away the steel silverware from the dining hall and slowly chipped away at the concrete walls. Slowly but surely, they dug holes in the wall and were able to climb up and out of the prison.
Overall, I’d say the most interesting story from Alcatraz was about the battle that happened there between prisoners and guards. It’s a tragic story for those who lost their lives but interesting to know the story and see exactly how and where the battle happened. To loop back, the top things to expect when you go to Alcatraz include windy weather, unexpected beautiful grounds, and a lot of Alcatraz history that happened in a short amount of time.
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