We made it! First up, Alcatraz!
Ready to board for Alcatraz!
Leaving the docks. Coit Tower in the background.
Oakland Bay Bridge and Treasure Island
San Francisco skyline
Oakland Bay Bridge
Alcatraz Island is bigger than it looks from San Francisco. Dock access is on the northeast corner of the island.
We learned a lot about the island and its history. In 1969-71, 79 Indians from different tribes occupied the abandoned facility to raise awareness of the plight of the Native Americans.
Graffiti remnant from the Indian occupation.
Nice view of the bay, looking north after climbing up the steep path from the docks.
The cells were tiny. 5 feet by 8 feet for most. The cells for solitary confinement were a bit larger, but were completely dark when their outer doors were closed.
Golden Gate bridge, a view from where the prisoners would exit the main cell block for the exercise yard.
Some of the better-known inmates. Alcatraz was used for housing inmates whose rehabilitation was hopeless; the worst of the worst.
On the audio tour. A must when visiting Alcatraz; it's very well done and is narrated by previous guards and inmates.
Solitary confinement cell. A cell within a cell.
Some of the prisoners were decent musicians and artists, and would play instruments when allowed. Prisoners were not allowed to keep personal items in their cells, including pictures on the walls.
One of the main cellblocks.
San Francisco is so close that the prisoners could hear the revelry from the city on still nights, a stark reminder of their imprisonment.
Visitation window, from the prisoner's point of view, about 8 inches square.
Main weapons vault. We didn't get to look inside.
Golden Gate Bridge
Some items still remaining in the kitchen.
What's left of the Warden's House, as seen from the dock. It must have been quite a stunning view, and would have been a really nice place to live, apart from the prison.
Go Cards! Game Five of the NLCS. The Cardinals lost the game (and the NLCS), but the fans were nice, friendly, and we had a good time.
AT&T Park is a funky, neat park.
The Coke bottle has a slide. For the National Anthem, they rolled out a huge flag.
Time to get started!
Joe Montana getting the crowd fired up. It was weird being there as a Cardinal fan; we felt a little self-conscious about cheering whenever the Cardinals did well.
The umps gather before the game. I think they're trying to figure out where home plate is.
Matt Carpenter, getting warmed up.
We had good seats. 29 rows behind the Cardinals dugout. For some strange reason, the home and visitors dugouts are switched in this park.
Carpenter leads off....
...followed by John Jay.....
...and Matt Holliday.