San Francisco has been a popular destination for me and my family. While I was born and grew up in Southern California, both my parents are from the northern part of the state. As a result, trips to the San Francisco area were frequent events in my childhood as well early in my marriage when our two oldest girls were young.
For this part of our road trip, we decided to do something that we had never done in San Francisco – visit Alcatraz – or more specifically, the gardens of Alcatraz.
successful career as a landscaper once he was released.
|Canada geese with their goslings explore part of the garden.|
|A seagull sits on her nest amidst colorful ice plant.|
As there are no prison staff or inmates to take care of the gardens anymore, volunteers come to maintain the garden areas.
What a cool way to volunteer!
Built in 1929 the warden’s house was created after the popular Mission Revival style. In 1970, a fire destroyed much of the house. The skeleton still stands.
Our visit to Alcatraz lasted about 2 hours, which took us through the prison building and allowed plenty of time to explore the picturesque gardens.
It also serves as a good reminder that it pays to follow the law 🙂
If you would like to learn more about the gardens of Alcatraz, click here.