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Today we all drove down to Fishermen's Wharf Pier 33 to catch a Ferry out to Alcatraz. It was a short trip getting us there not long after 10am. We listened to one of the Alcatraz Tour Guides talk about some of the attempts to escape the island for a bit, and then we took the steps up to the old prison (more "scenic" photos of the view of San Francisco). The Audio Tour was pretty good as all you needed was a headset that they gave you and you could walk around in your own time; you didn't have to rush through the interesting bits. The tour walked you through all of the prison open to tourists as well as giving you information about it at particular points. The was also information on the walls in some areas, mainly on some of the more significant prisoners that stayed there. The tour covered about 2 hours including a short documentary on Alcatraz near the end while we were waiting for the next Ferry back to San Francisco. One of the more memorable moments of visiting Alcatraz was watching mum make a fool of herself infront of some random guy. As she was walking out of the giftshop at the end of the tour, a man in a black coat which she thought was a worker there, was standing next to the exit door. She thought he was holding it open for her (which he wasn't) so as she walked out she said a big "thank you" to him. She realised almost straight away that he was neither a Alcatraz worker or holding the door, so she quickly darted around the corner and out of sight. I found it quite funny! The man must of had no idea what mum was on about :)

Posted by bremner 16:40

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Hey groovers,
Great blog - all the Renner's are enjoying your travel highlights but becoming increasingly envious over what you are doing and how much you are squeezing into your days. Also wonderful to see the photos (not sure whether Will looks happier with the Cheesecake Factory menu or being behind bars!)
Susan and I are in transit at Sydney airport enroute to Adelaide - will call you at home on our way back to NZ on 25th.
Hope the rest of your trip goes well.

by Vaughan

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