Inside Alcatraz


The views from Alcatraz are amazing. The tour is somewhat haunting. I can imagine the inmates sitting in their cells at night hearing all the sounds of nighttime in San Francisco. People in San Francisco really know how to enjoy themselves so there is always a lot of laughing, talking, and music everywhere. Hearing people enjoying life while being stuck inside this prison would have driven me crazy. Alcatraz is the only prison that I have seen, and it is now managed by the National Park Service.

If I would have been sentenced here I would have tried to swim to city. The San Francisco Bay is cold- but it had to be worth it to try. 36 people tried to escape, 2 were successful and they were caught after they reached San Francisco. 5 were never found and it is believed that they drowned in the San Francisco Bay. The swim can range from 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 miles depending on the current of the bay. The prison closed in 1963.

a sign

a cell

On the grounds

golden gate bridge

the city- San Francisco

The view from Alcatraz

(day 284)


2 thoughts on “Inside Alcatraz

  1. When my eldest son was in the Boy Scouts, he visited Alcatraz with his troop and they spent the night inside. Very spooky! I remember visiting there years before and thinking just the same as you!

    • Sherri, Alcatraz is spooky for sure- that’s amazing that the Scouts stay there!! Brave kids. When my kids are older we’ll probably hop on the ferry over there- but for now I enjoy the view from the wharf area or Sausalito.

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