Thursday, September 11, 2008

Alcatraz & Golden Gate

Today was so much fun! But wow are we tired. We've been trying to do some of the site-seeing spots now before Ben starts on Monday and our every-minute time together gets terminated. So today was Alcatraz and biking The Golden Gate Bridge.

We took off from our home at 10am and got to Pier 33 and parked at around 11:30. We quickly were reminded how thankful we are that we don't live in the city with how crazy driving is with the traffic and non-existent parking spots.We took a ferry out to the island and then did the tour of the prison. So cool! To be honest, I really didn't know anything about the prison before this trip. It served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963. Some famous prisoners were held there like Al Capone. There were many escape attempts, but only one was successful. Three men escaped by digging holes in the back of their cells with spoons! The escapees also stole several raincoats to use as a raft for the trip to the mainland. Leaving dummy heads made out of cement and soap in their cells with paint brush bristles as hair, they escaped. And they were never seen again! Anyway--cool stories. Read more on Wikipedia or something. Pretty fascinating.After the tour, we headed back to the car and got the bikes out. We biked through Fisherman's Wharf and all along the coast up to the GG Bridge. It was quite a ride! Lots of uphill parts (I'll be pretty sore tomorrow) and it was SO windy!!
When we finally got there it was even windier. I thought we'd just blow over a couple of times. It was SO cool. That bridge is pretty amazing. We rode all the way across, then headed back.
I look marvelous darling, just marvelous.
We happened to be headed back right at 5:30 OUT of SF.....don't ever let this happen. We were at standstills in traffic on a span of about 4 blocks for like 45 minutes. It was insane. But we're home now and had a great day in San Francisco!
Labor Day weekend post coming as soon as my mom sends me all the pictures! :)

And Happy Birthday PA! And Kelly! And Brian!



Brian Hill said...

Awe, I love Alcatraz!! I'm so jealous you guys got to go. Isn't San Fran the best? It's one of my favorite places ever!

Camille, you are looking so tan!!

Sarah said...

When my family went to SF we didn't make it out to the prison. I want to go! It looks so cool. Good luck to Ben with starting his job on Monday! Are you looking for a job? Can't wait to hear all about it. Love you guys!

Sarah said...

PS you should've worn your prison costume! ha ha.

Mariah said...

I took a break from blogging, so this is my first time looking at your blog in about a month. You guys look like you have been having so much fun! I laughed so hard when I read about the traffic. Unfortunately I know all too well what you are talking about. It's like that from about 4 pm - 7:30 or 8!! Terrible. I'm glad that you guys have been able to do so many fun things!