lived most of my life33 yearsin California's Bay Area, it seemed unusual
that I'd never made a visit to Alcatraz, the former Federal Penitentiary on a
rock island in the San Francisco Bay and now one of the top tourist attractions
in that city. So for my birthday (actually today) my sons and Mike's girlfriend
Tracy took us there on Monday, our Memorial Day holiday. So though this is not
a normal Jonal day, I thought I'd share two of my favorite views from the excursion..
view above of "The Rock" was actually the final shot I snapped as we
returned to our parking garage. The cell house on the island of Alcatraz is seen
in the center of this picture. The boat at lower right is the type that ferried
us from San Francisco's Pier 39 to the island. The boat ticket included a recorded
tour of the cell house (presented in individual recording devices worn over the
neck and heard through earphones, so each visitor gets a stereo program including
realistic background noises as he tours the prison at his own pace).|
you see, it was a rare perfect day for such a tour as this view of the city, with
wildflowers and greenery on the island in the foreground, amply demonstrates.
In the center left is seen the Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Oakland.
Just below the end of the bridge in the picture perspective (though actually miles
closer than the bridge) is a large ocean-going cruise ship, docked adjacent to
where our ferry ride began and ended.|
complete index of Jon Kennedy's Jonals for 2001 - 2005
Make no little plans;
they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram
once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting
itself with ever-growing insistence.
Daniel Hudson Burnham