On Tuesday, Day 4 of our trip, we took a combo tour that included the Muir Woods redwood forest, lunch in Sausalito, tour of Alcatraz and dinner at In-N-Out Burger followed by a few beers at an Irish pub. This day ranked up there with our wine country tour from the day before, great time!
|Winding road to Muir Woods with fog in the bay/valley, Frisco in the distance|
The redwoods were really a site to see and the Muir Woods park is less than 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco. You can't really get that truly awe-inspiring feeling of just how massive those giant redwoods are from looking at pictures, but we tried our best. A definite must see if you ever make it out there.
|Rare picture of both of us, we're usually always taking the pics|
|Copita Restaurant in Sausalito|
Then we stopped for some quick photos at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge for another unique perspective. The fog was literally rolling in, right over the bridge and hills it was super cool.
|Wispy clouds, cool picture!|
It's a quick ride over to the island and it really is a lot bigger in person than you'd think. There is a bunch of walking and most of it is up hill initially. I think we spent almost 3 hours there doing the guided audio tour and wandering around to the different areas. Be aware, it is windy and cooler there, so be sure to dress in layers, similar to what is recommended most days in San Francisco anyway. That is because there can be a 10-15 degree temperature difference depending on which part of the city you are in and whether it's foggy or not.
Alcatraz was one of the things I was most looking forward to, because I was a huge fan of the TV series on Fox and I took lots of pictures to post on the AlcatrazSeries.com site. I also included videos of MythBusters attempting to recreate the 3 prisoner escape from Alcatraz below. That was very cool, definitely check that out if you're interested. Another great day!
|Indians Welcome was from when Native Americans occupied the island in the early 70s|
|Barracks/housing for the prison officers and their families and the lookout tower|
|Guard house and military chapel|
|Former general store and later officers club, complete with dance floor and 2 bowling lanes|
|A dark hallway that was off-limits, was hoping to see ghost orbs or something|
|Cellblock where all the infamous prisoners were kept|
|Hole in the cell wall that was behind a vent and made wider with spoons|
|Secluded area with pipes behind the cells; is that a reflection off the glass or the ghost of prisoners past!?|
|Gun gallery where the guards would patrol with guns in hand|
|Solitary confinement, aka "the hole"|
|Recreational yard for the prisoners|
|Model Industries building, former military prisoner work area|
|New Industries building, build further away from the water (can't tell from picture) to prevent escape|
|Original laundry facility|
|View of San Francisco from Alcatraz, so close, yet so far for the prisoners|
We may never know for sure what happened to those 3 prisoners that made it off the island, but the Myth Busters did their own 3 part experiment recreating that escape. Check out the 3 part video below detailing their thoughts and see them attempt their very own escape from Alcatraz.