So on my last day in San Francisco, I woke up a bit early (hello “Spring forward” and your loss of an hour) to head to Pier 33 to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. I knew I had to go on my trip, especially since I’m pretty into Ghost Adventures (it’s one of the very few shows that S and I watch on a regular basis) and even though they’ve never been there, I still felt like I’d be on my own Ghost Adventure.
This day trip, by far, was the best thing I did in San Francisco, aside from eating. The island was a photographer’s paradise. So many cool things to see. I don’t have many pictures that I love from inside the cell house that I’m happy with because silly me forgot to change my ISO after going inside.
So without further ado: I caught the 9:30 am ferry over to Alcatraz Island.
Once arriving on the island, I was greeted by the huge guard house – which at one point was military base to protect the US from western intruders.
|Fun fact: After Alcatraz closed as a penitentiary, it was home to the American Indians|
As I started the walk up to the cell house for the tour, I came upon this really cool building that was built over a tunnel.
The walk then took you past the old officer’s club that was involved in a fire and all that remained was the outer concrete walls. A little past that was the water tower that held the fresh water for the island.
As I continued along the road, I was completely blown away by the beautiful lilies and other flowers that were growing in abundance on the island,
|I’m linking this up with Simplicity’s challenge this week: flowers and leaves.|
yet across the way would be a building completely decaying from the harsh conditions on the island
I finally came upon the cell house, which was so ominous looking – large bars on the windows, peeling paint, and missing pieces of concrete.
I took my tour and then headed back to catch the ferry to meet up with S’s coworker for lunch before I had to head to the airport to come home.
Most of these pictures were edited with The Coffeshop Blog’s Butterscotch Vintage action.