Field Trip: Alcatraz

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Welcome to the newest feature on AGIT, “Field Trip”. I’m not good at sitting still and I’m good at adventuring places so I thought it would be fun to start doing photo journals of more tourist-y, destination-y, what-do-I-do-with-a-random-Monday-I-have-off-y things.

I asked Angela if there were any touristy SF-things she wanted to do while she was here, she really only felt pretty passionately about Alcatraz. I’m totally into abandoned things and history and have wanted to do the tour for a while, so I was down.

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Outside the Administration Building.

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Stairs to the recreation area.

What: Alcatraz Island
Where: San Francisco, California 
What to bring:
Camera, water, snack. 
What to wear:
Comfy walking shoes, light jacket
How to get there:
Buy a ticket in advance. Take a ferry from Pier 33.
How much: $30
Tips: Do the free audio tour. Don’t think you’re too cool because you’re never too cool to learn. I unabashedly love audio tours.

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Shuffleboard.

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Alcatraz was taken over by the Tribe of All Indians for 18 months in 1969-1970.

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Having a good time despite the rain and shitty Sunday.

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Angela at Alcatraz.

It was one of the worst days weather-wise since I have been in SF. It was cold and rainy and windy and miserable. We definitely tried to make the most of our day and luckily, a lot of the island is checking out the old penitentiary.

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Ultimate #abandonporn.

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Views of SF from Alcatraz.

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Rainbow vibes.

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This is how sad I would be if I were in jail.

Alcatraz really affected me. I’m not sure if it’s because I run past it and drive past it every day but I can’t look at it the same since visiting. I also can’t get the Battle of Alcatraz out of my mind because if it were 1946, I would have been watching this unfold from my windows.

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Alcatraz allegedly had the best food out of all the penitentiaries in the US. Typical SF.

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Kitchen at Alcatraz.

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Where’s Red?

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Abandoned hospital.

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Operating room.

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Hydrotherapy room – whatever that means.

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Part of the current Ai WeiWei exhibition.

Chat with me:
Have you ever been to Alcatraz? Do you like visiting historical spots? What other places would you like to see profiled on AGIT?

45 comments on “Field Trip: Alcatraz

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on February 19, 2015 6:46 am

Um, new favorite feature. I really wish we had been able to do Alcatraz during our time in San Fran, but we weren’t able to get tickets. It is totally my jam, though. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:14 pm

You were too busy getting engaged ;)

That means you have to come back and visit!

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Heather @Fit n Cookies on February 19, 2015 7:58 am

I would love to visit Alcatraz. I think it would be very cool to see. I’m weird and like that stuff. I watched the documentary of it not long ago.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:14 pm

I want to watch the documentary!! I need to find it…

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on February 19, 2015 8:55 am

I am loving this new feature of yours! I have been to Alcatraz – it’s such a spooky place – and you are right – that audio tour was so informative! Nice pictures, Cassandra!

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:13 pm

Thank you!! So excited you like it!!

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on February 19, 2015 9:38 am

I’ve never been to Alcatraz but it looks creepy and cool all at the same time – totally something I would be into.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:13 pm

It was definitely both!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on February 19, 2015 9:48 am

so jealous. i’ve always wanted to go here!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:13 pm

Definitely make reservations early when you decide to go! :)

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Ashley on February 19, 2015 9:52 am

I totally LOL’d when I read your “Where’s Red?” caption because I was thinking the EXACT same thing when I saw that picture! I definitely would love to see Alcatraz one of these days, it looks so fascinating- isn’t Pier 33 the one that has the hybrid ferries?
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:11 pm

Yes, it is!!

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Larissa on February 19, 2015 10:01 am

Wow. Never been there, but it looks amazing. I would enjoy it I’m sure. We love exploring and museums and historic locations. Great photos too!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:11 pm

They are super fun… even if they SOUND dorky they never are!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on February 19, 2015 10:09 am

You have no idea how jealous I am! One of the places on my bucket list! It is simply amazing! I have always been fascinated by it!
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:11 am

It’s seriously awesome, I want to learn more about it!

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Annmarie on February 19, 2015 10:14 am

You know, I have been to San Fran and didn’t go to Alcatraz and could kick myself!!! Guess I am due for a trip back- I would love to see it in person!
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:10 am

Yes!! You need to come visit!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 19, 2015 10:51 am

I love visiting historical spots! I definitely want to see Alcatraz someday!
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:06 am

It’s a must-see!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on February 19, 2015 11:17 am

I can’t look at that picture of you in the cell without cracking up, still. xo
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:05 am

A told me it didn’t even look like me because I looked so frumpy. -_-

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Lauren on February 19, 2015 11:50 am

Great photos! When I was out in San Fran a few years ago I did this with the audio tour. It’s so totally unbelievable that it was an actual prison and is actually sort of creepy but also interesting! It’s great for photos!
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:06 am

It definitely was fun to photograph!!

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Leslie on February 19, 2015 11:54 am

Wow, what a cool place to go! That sucks the weather didn’t work with ya. I bet the operating room was erie feeling huh? Thanks for the tour.
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:05 am

Yes, def the creepiest part!

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Chris on February 19, 2015 12:46 pm

Digging the new feature! Go ride some cable cars and share photos and videos! Go climb the GG bridge and send us scenes from up there! How’s that for adventurous?
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:04 am

I’ve never ridden a cable car… is that awful? Also, just watched a documentary on the GG Bridge… The Bridge. It’s a little… dark.

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Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness on February 19, 2015 2:28 pm

I am a secret history nerd which instantly makes me love this feature!!! I have been to Alcatraz and I must say the day I went the weather was awful too..perhaps it is the magic of the island ;) I loved how they recreated scenes with audio files and made you feel like you were there at that time.
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:04 am

Yes, I loved that too… totally not corny!!

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Clare Speer on February 19, 2015 6:55 pm

Love the pics – especially the one with the rainbow!

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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:03 am

Thank you!

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Leanne on February 19, 2015 10:56 pm

I may be wrong, but I think hydrotherapy was where the put people in tubs of hot water,(perhaps with jets?) and then kind of locked them in with a canvas covering. Only their head came through. They likely would have used it on prisoners they felt had mental illness. I love your pictures! Great post!

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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:03 am

That sounds about right. I wondered why prisoners would get to get a spa-like treatment… guess not.

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Bailey K. on February 19, 2015 11:53 pm

I loved Alcatraz. Even though I don’t see Alcatraz daily like you do, it still affected me. Just thinking about everything that happened on that island is crazy. I can’t imagine being one of the families of the prison guards that had to live there.
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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:02 am

One of the girls I work with and I were discussing that same thing today… how crazy it would be to live there!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on February 20, 2015 3:54 am

Urgh. So jealous. The ONE day we had set out to go to Alcatraz, they cancelled all tours. Story of my life.

The same thing happened in Paris. The one day we had to go to the Louvre.
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Erin @ The Almond Eater on February 20, 2015 9:28 am

Where’s Red loll you kill me. I want to go to Alcatraz!! Oh and that rainbow pic is on point just saying.

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:07 pm

Come visit and I’ll take you to Alcatraz. K? K.

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on February 21, 2015 12:40 pm

I never got to Alcatraz when I lived in the Bay Area, and I wish I had carved out a day to make it there. It always seemed like an interesting place to me. And I like the idea of doing these “Field Trip” posts!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 8:01 pm

I did the same after reading this post!

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Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner on February 21, 2015 1:05 pm

I’m so jealous, Alcatraz is fascinating! I recently read the entire Wikipedia article on it haha. So cool to see your pics until I can visit myself!
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 23, 2015 8:46 am

I’m kind of obsessed with abandoned hospitals, prisons, etc, so visiting Alcatraz seriously made me giddy. Love that place. Although I can’t imagine what it must have been like to actually be sentenced there. Love the pics, lady!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:53 am

Me too… so scary!

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