Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Reverent Visit to Alcatraz

After I graduated about a week or so ago, my parents and I went to California to visit my dad's cousins and aunt, who he hadn't seen in many much years... like unto about 40 or so. So that was grand.

While we were in Cali, we went to San Francisco, and got to visit pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, etc. We also went to Alcatraz, which was actually a pretty cool trip.

We took an audio tour, in which we had our own individual headsets that narrated the self-guided tour for us, told by real life prisoners and guards from the prison back in the day.

I took the alone time opportunity to document myself, experiencing the prison and observing the cells and grounds in extreme reverence for all that had occurred there. 

Outside, overlooking the recreation yard. 

Inside, in the room documenting all the movie posters of Alcatraz-inspired media.
In the recreation yard
Out in one of the gardens
On the benches of the rec yard off to the side of the building
In front of the Warden's house ruins
Inside a cell in the cellhouse
Inside a cell on "Broadway" 

It was an intense and invigorating experience, to say the least. 


Deb in GA said...

Hahahahaha! I mean.....your face is so expressive! I felt every tender emotion as you made this touching journey.

Muddy said...

Those sunglasses were outstanding!

Wendy said...

I giggled the whole way through. Felt like I was there feeling your invigoration. I, too, love the glasses. Had a black pair once. They lived a very stylish, fun, healthy life. They did meet there doom on a sad spring day.