Alcatrez! (San Francisco)

Its kind of ironic that you couldn't get me to sit through an entire horror film, but I could walk around an abandoned prison for hours, don't you think?

On one of our days in San Fran, we decided to go visit Alcatrez. For those of you who don't know what alcatrez is, its a maximum security prison located on an island, yes an island outside of the city of San Francisco. The cool/scary part is that is looks so close and simple to swim to, However the waters around the island are some of the most dangerous, with tons of currents you would never be able to make it. In fact there were three inmates who successfully escaped and if they had timed it exactly to the minute they would've been able to ride the currents to shore, however after they escaped no one ever saw them again, so they may have been swept out to sea!

We scooped up some of the last tickets of the evening, which included an art exhibit that was set up in the prison! The artist Ai Wei Wei (ay way way) actually can't even leave China, so he had all the art shipped over and set up piece by piece.

the island from the ferry
after it was a prison, it was given to
native americans to live on
part of the art exhibit
ultimate lego challenge
the art exhibit showed how you're basic freedoms are
taken away from you when you're in prison
the exhibit showcased people who had been
arrested for not necessarily doing bad crimes
where the cells are located
creepy cement handprint
have been to two prisons where
Al Capone has lived
gun gallery
no guns were allowed down near the prisoners
visitation rules
inside the office
inside the office
a prisoner escaped by making this fake head
from gum and soap, to trick the guards
the infirmary
the Golden Gate
city skyline
just a bit windy

bye shelley! hope you like your new home! ;)

Everywhere you look (San Fran)

Greetingz! I know I have been away awhile, but I have been letting my feet take me to where they need to go! Since we chatted last (or I spoke rather) I have been to LA, Big Sur, San Francisco, Vermont and Florida! I am going to take a little break from blogging about my family trip to Australia and take you to some of the places I have been going to around the good ole USA.

San Francisco was a fabulous girls weekend, where two of my awesome lady pals flew in from LA to visit with me. After landing in LA from Brisbane, we started with a little road trip up the coast from Los Angeles through Big Sur, and ended up in San Fran. It took about six hours but we broke it up into a few days. I will write about Big Sur later, it was so gorgeous! So bummed we didn't spend a night there. 

When we got to San Francisco the hotel we had was around the corner from where a body was found in a suitcase, so we quickly switched locations to a Holiday Inn at the Fishermans Wharf- would highly recommend because we were in walking distance of the wharf. You would've paid to see my mom drive down these roads:

There was a few days before my friends came to meet us, so my mom, sister and I went to check out Alcatrez. We ended up with the last tickets of the night and included was an art exhibit that was set up throughout the prison. It was so amazing, I could've spent all day there, and maybe night if I was feeling particularly balsy.

Check out alcatrez here.

We walked around the Piers a little on thursday and friday:

the famous street trams
street performer gave me a souvenir
sea lions!

When my ladies came into town, they met us at the hotel and we stayed up late chatting. I was so happy they came into town, its always perfect when I get to see them. Especially grateful that Katie always, always makes time for me when I'm in town, she's was the first and last person I saw in the US after a year.

We woke up the next morning and ventured around the city. We used a ton of free uber rides, to get us all over. Our first driver, took us over the Golden Gate and we walked back across (only about a mile) and it DOWN POURED on us in the middle of the walk. It was actually quite hilarious, but they aren't kidding when they say take your umbrella no matter what when you're in San Fran.

the golden gate bridge

We ventured around to Alamo Park (where the Full house intro was filmed), and a giant cupids arrow sculpture. For dinner we went to a place called the Blue Mermaid, which had the most amazing corn clam chowder. Then we let the night take us where we went, which included a few diff bars- one was south park themed called Butters, a 70s themed house party and then maybe only three of us came home and two of us went for a dip in the closed swimming pool, or maybe not ;)

recreating the full house intro, que theme song
alamo park
bay bridge

I'll just leave you with this: