Monday, April 30, 2012

Alcatraz 2012

One never knows where a week of training might take you.  At the end of Leadership training in Stockton, a group of us made the trek to The City and Alcatraz Island.  It was fine time and a great way to end the week.

“Explore the Mysteries of Alcatraz Island for Yourself - Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.”

It was very interesting taking the audio tour and learning about the history of the island and surround area.  It was well worth the time and energy to get here for this unique experience.  The thing that struck me most was not the differences, but how many things have not changed in the way things are done in the Corrections world.

This is what the official ticket concessionaire has to say, “Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.”

More images from this trip and other adventures can be found on my Kodak Gallery page. 

The shot of luggage is actually from the Sacramento International Airport.  Not exactly what one would expect when coming around the corner in baggage claim, but it does get your attention.