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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Wednesday and time to  join Susan at
Please check out her blog for other great outdoor posts.

I know this is quite different than most of the outdoor posts you will see today. 
Many vacation and flowers, but looking through all my pictures I was drawn to these. 
It was another reminder of the consequences  of our choices in this life. 

Last September we visited San Francisco and toured Alcatraz Island.

One amazing fact to me was that many of the guards families also lived on the island. 
They were know as the Children of Alcatraz

 The children would take a boat across to the main land to attend school each day. 
What a strange environment for a child to grow up in.

The house to the left was the Wardens home.    
The other is a tunnel that was one of the entrances into the prison.  
Notice the date of 1858 above the entrance
Inside the prison we toured with headphones that told many of the stories of life and prisoners.

Remember the old Sunday School song "Oh be careful little hands what we do..."  It's a shame more people don't take this to heart. 


Ann said...

Just reading your post, the pictures are excellent. Sophie and Olivia really thought they were cool. A boat ride to school sounded pretty wierd to them. Love how you tied the saying to the prison. See you soon!!!!!!!
Hugs Ann

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great pictures! I did not know that the families of the guards lived there. I cannot even imagine what it was like for the children to grow up there.

~ Tracy

Average Girl said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and telling me about the beavers chewing down your neighbour's sunflowers, it made me break right out and laugh, and I needed it...

As for your pictures, my fiance would love to see those, he has always wanted to go there, and we are hoping to fly to San Fran in the fall... Thanks for sharing them.


LDH said...

This is a very interesting post for Outdoor Wednesday and I enjoyed viewing the photos and reading your notes. I have also enjoyed perusing several of your posts. Sweet blog you have here :)

Thanks much for stopping by my place and leaving your comment! Nice to meet you!

Kindly, ldh

The Lazy Peacock said...

love this post! i had no idea children lived there, i find that fascinating. great photos.

Pam said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Living on Alcatraz as a child must have been a little confining. They probably missed out on some of the simpler parts of childhood - lemonade stands, parades, etc.

SmilingSally said...

What an interesting post, Debbie. We lived in Oakland, CA, and when we visited San Francisco, we often saw Alcatraz from across the water. It gave me chills.

I love your header too!

Happy Blue Monday!

Manang Kim said...

Heard so many things about Alcatraz and too bad many people loss their lives in there too. Happy Monday!


eileeninmd said...

Interesting post and photos! I sure wouldn't want to live there. Happy Blue Monday!

LV said...

You came up with a very unique and clever idea for this post. I visited there many years ago, but was not too excited over the place.

Dena E's Blog said...

LOVE your header Sweetie,,and these pics are very dramatic,,we saw it from an area on the beach last year and it was still a forboding image...creepy ya know...But to see these wow!!!

Blessings and Hugs Dena

A Write Life said...

Lovely photos. Have a great week.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

So very wouldn't think this could be such an interesting place to visit but obviously it is a very popular sightseeing spot...Thanks for the info!!!

Greyscale Territory said...

An interesting place to visit as a tourist! There still seems to be lots of atmosphere there! I was wondering! Would night tours be conducted for those seeking a more creepy experience?