Aug 22, 2010

San Francisco Day 9: Lombard Street

 Riding the cable car on our way to Lombard Street

Aug 21, 2010

San Francisco Day 8: Alcatraz and Angel Island

Alcatraz Maximum Security Prison

A view of Alcatraz from the ferry. Its also called "The Rock". At some point it was the most feared Maximum Security Prison in the US. Its surrounded by shark infested waters, water is frigid cold, and was thought to be "inescapable". There was a movie made about the island featuring Clint Eastwood ("Escape from Alcatraz"). 

ESCAPES: "During its 29 years of operation, the penitentiary claimed no prisoners had ever successfully escaped. 36 prisoners were involved in 14 attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape, and three were lost at sea and never found.[23] The most violent occurred on May 2, 1946 when a failed escape attempt by six prisoners led to the so-called Battle of Alcatraz." source

Our tour guide describing how some prisoners escaped. Back then gloves were made of rubber. Once you inflated the glove, and stuffed many of them in your clothes/jacket, you had an instant flotation device. Really clever!

Aug 19, 2010

San Francisco Day 5: Japan Town and Ocean Beach

Japan Town

I really enjoy seeing places with natives because they know all the neat places to go. My friend Alan lives in San Francisco and was kind enough to show us around. 


Aug 18, 2010

San Francisco Day 4: Farmer's Market and Chinatown

This is the view I woke up to every morning, we stayed at a really nice location. San Francisco is beauttiiful!

Aug 17, 2010

Aug 16, 2010

Aug 15, 2010

San Francisco Day 1: SFO, Twin Peaks and Sausalitos!

The flight was relatively short in comparison to my long haul flights to Asia. This was only a couple of hours: