Who smiles for their mug shots?? Me, of course.
I spent Sunday in jail It was a blast.
Haha. We were on a private tour of Alcatraz! Jared’s parents were visiting and we had a fun-filled, jam-packed San Francisco wknd! I’m still exhausted and recovering from it, hence why I haven’t blogged in a few days.
Before I get to the tour of Alacatraz (umm, we went in the Alcatraz morgue- gross!!), I’ll back up a litte.
On Saturday, we went to a farmer’s market, drove across the bridge to Marin, had lunch, walked around, hung out in a few neighborhoods, had dinner in North Beach, went for drinks at the spot Jared and I met, etc. We lucked out on a beautiful weather weekend (sorry east coasters, but it was in the high 60s here!).
Sunday started with a muffin (from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday), green smoothie (they’re back in my life!!) and several cups of coffee. Such a tasty breakfast.
In the morning, we visited our wedding venue (it was beautiful and made us both so much more excited about the day!) and then drove over the bridge to a winery that was having an event for my dog toy charity!
We sipped wine and hung out.
Arrived at Pier 39 around 1pm for lunch and hanging out with the seals.
Around 3:30, we met my parents for our Alcatraz tour! My dad is a big history buff and started volunteering at Alcatraz a few times a month. He loves showing people around. I’ve been to Alcatraz more times than I can count, but this was the first time I’ve been there since he started volunteering. He gave us a private behind-the-scenes tour! It was seriously awesome.
To get to the Rock, you have to take a 25 minute Ferry ride. The Ferry has beautiful views of the City and is a fun way to hang out on the Bay.
Because my dad volunteers, he picked up keys to pretty much everywhere and took all all around on a behind-the-scenes tour.
Among the highlights: we went inside the morgue (it was gross and creeped me out!), toured the hospital (also creepy…and old xray and surgery tables were still there), went upstairs in the cellblock and got to see the bullet holes from the big day when the prisoners overtook the island for a brief while…
And the best part– we went up into the lighthouse!
This was very special because almost no one is allowed to do this.
First, we walked up hundreds of steps….
Until we reached the top.
I don’t like heights very much, so I was totally scared. The view, however was absolutely beautiful and we were there right at sunset.
A lot of Alcatraz is falling apart and they don’t keep it up very well so I was totally afraid that we were all going to fall off the lighthouse.
Since I don’t like heights, I was hanging on to the railing outside at the top….and the Park Ranger who was with us goes, “Whatever you do, DO NOT hold the railing!”
That really freaked me out because there was nothing else to hang onto! It was windy. haha.
I was happy when we got to go back down, but it was still an incredible experience.
Afterwards, we toured the grounds and went into the outside field area. Fun trivia fact…Alcatraz is the only jail to have only hot water…they didn’t want the prioners to get used to cold water (and try to swim ashore).
We went into Al Capone’s cell. I’m sitting on the little chair he must have sat on every single day he was there!
Alcatraz is pretty depressing and sad to me…..but I love history and it’s interesting to visit.
After we got back from the boat, we all went over to Boudin for dinner. I ordered shrimp. YUM. And we shared a few sourdough apps.
And then….Jared, his parents, and I ended the day with the ultimate San Francisco indulgence….a Ghiradelli Sundae!
I face planted into bed only a short time later.
It’s so fun to have visitors in town and play tour guide! Only bummer about the weekend is that we kept Charlie at my parents’ so no puppy time this wknd. Sorry, Charlie.
– Have you ever been to SF? What sites did you visit?
— Where do you always take people who visit you?
– Are you afraid of heights? What are you afraid of?
– Are you a history buff? Do you like going to see historical sites or museums?