Muir Woods and Alcatraz

filled up most of our day on Saturday.  We headed out to Muir Woods - about 30 - 45 minute drive from the city - around 10 am or so.  Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge was a surprisingly cool trek.  The clouds covering most of the bridge and the way up ahead definitely created most of the cool atmosphere.

Golden Gate crossing

Muir Woods was as peaceful as it was spectacular.  We walked about 2 miles along the boardwalked trail around these 1000 year old giants taking it all in.  I usually hate to get existential about anything but its amazing how trees and a simple walk can get you wondering about things bigger than what you’re doing today or what you’re going to eat for dinner tomorrow.  But I digress.. and here are some cool pics:

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We stayed for around 2 hours before we had to drive back to the city, return the car, and hop on a ferry to the most famous prison in the U.S.

The Alcatraz Cruise experience was just that - an experience.  As cold as it was outside with the whipping winds, water spray, and general coldness we braved half the trip at the front of the boat.  The thick fog hid the island from our view most of the way but when we came within yards, the mystique surrounding the ‘Rock’ was more than apparent.

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I know the pictures are less than stellar but I tried.  When we arrived on Ellis Island an informative, fast-talking, chipmunk-looking tour guide took us through the first half of our tour.  He described to us in very excited tones the history of the island and how the prison eventually came to inhabit it.  When we reached the doors to the prison itself we were given headphones and a player that took us through each section of Alcatraz explaining both the facilities and the inmates that made the prison so famous.  From Al Capone to the Birdman, the ‘Battle of Alcatraz’, and the mystery of the escaped fugitives whose bodies were never found - the tour and the little man that spoke to me through the headphones was captivating.

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The tour ended and back on the mainland it took us a bit to find a way back to my apt.  San Francisco is many things, but it is definitely not friendly when it comes to cab-riders trying to find a way home.  Eventually we found one of the 10 cabs that roamed around the city and got made it back.

Our night of boogie took us to Bruno’s in the Mission.  Though we planned on crawling around the area, the music and the atmosphere kept us there the entire night…. and into Sunday.

Where the next installment will take us…

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    Alcatraz was so rainy!

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