Yesterday I went on three tours.
First was the Alcatraz tour. I didn’t realise it was an army base before it became a prison. Another interesting point was that the families of many of the staff lived on the island also. The audio tour included the voices of inmates, staff and their families. Very interesting stuff. Oh yeah, and the native american occupation of the island. They are doing some refurbishment and some of the concrete is being dug up and removed, so you can buy it. I now own a bit of “The Rock”. OK, it’s just concrete, but it it makes me laugh to think about it.
Next was the Downtown Loop tour. This was an open-top bus tour of the downtown area. It’s pretty cool to hear about some of the history of the city.
Next was the Golden Gate tour. Another open-top bus tour. It was really cold and windy, but I managed to get sun burned. I’m not the lobster-kid!
This morning I continued the tour theme with a trip to Muir forest and Salsolito. The forest was awesome. They’ve got some big trees over there!
Tonight is my last night in San Francisco. I start the flight back to the UK at about lunchtime tomorrow. Tomorrow morning will be a packing and last-minute shopping frenzy!