After our Jelly Belly tour, we headed to San Francisco because we had a tour at Alcatraz Island. We got downtown a little early so we did a little exploring before the tour. It was just so much fun walking along the piers!We met up with Laura and Steve at the Alcatraz ferry and we headed over to 'The Rock'. It was a pretty afternoon and the city view from the ferry was amazing! Please excuse the crazy hair..it was a pretty windy ride.Alcatraz was a sight to see from the distance but the closer we got, the more entrigued I became. There is so much history in the prison and in the island...The inside of the prison was kept almost exactly like it was when it was an active prison.
The facility had very few lights and a lot of the cells weren't by the few lights...the only light source they had was from a few small windows. It was very eye opening to see how these criminals lived for many years of their lives. Three men did escape from Alcatraz. They dug out a hole in their cell using spoons as their digging method. They placed fake heads with hair on their beds and made a run for it. They were never found but some people believe they made their way to South America.The audio tour was amazing! They had previous inmates and guards that were telling all the old stories from the prison. After we left Alcatraz, we stayed downtown and explored Fisherman's Warf, Seal Cove and Ghirardelli Square. We tried to get in as much as possible before we ended our first day in San Francisco.