I normally do not do a one day trip on my web site of my World Travels but some places are interesting on their own merits.  Alcatraz is one of them and the history and moods of the prison and various weather patterns are interesting.   I work as a volunteer with the Community Access Ticket service and the Central YMCA and make arrangements with the agency to obtain free tickets to events for seniors.  We get free cruise tickets to Alcatraz from time to time so I thought I would take advantage of the free service.  Such a job at the YMCA with benefits.

I have lived in San Francisco for 50 years this fall.   I came in the fall of 1963 and now it is 2013, who would have thought!  I did go to Alcatraz for the first time on November 7th, 2007 with my friend Viviane who then was living in Beverly Hills.  She visited me and said she had a surprise for me! She laughed and said it was a night cruise to Alcatraz.  Well it was foggy as you can see by the montage I created from that visit!  Check out the link below to access the photos of the cruise to Alcatraz.


Click on the Alcatraz photos link to access some of the photos taken on the cruise!

.Native Americans kept well away from the island, calling it "Evil Island" and believing it to be cursed. The first Spaniard to document the island was Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775, who charted San Francisco Bay and named one of the three islands he identified as the "La Isla de los Alcatraces," which translates as "The Island of the Pelicans,"from the archaic Spanish alcatraz (in English: "pelican"), a loan word from Arabic القطرس al-qaṭrās, meaning Albatross. Over the years, the English version "Alcatraz" became popular and is now widely used. In August 1827, French Captain Auguste Bernard Duhaut-Cilly wrote "...running past Alcatraces (Pelicans) Island...covered with a countless number of these birds. A gun fired over the feathered legions caused them to fly up in a great cloud and with a noise like a hurricane."  The California Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) is not known to nest on the island today. The Spanish put a few small buildings on the island, little else.

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