|Approaching the island|
|Welcome to Hell on Earth|
|The cells are on three levels|
|This prison held the worst of the worst|
|The prison yard|
|Cells were 5 x 9 and 7ft high|
|They rarely got visitors|
|The prisoner escaped by using a spoon to dig out|
|They used dummy heads to fool the guards|
We stumbled upon this stunning photo art gallery. I've never seen photography like this before. The photographer's name is Rodney Lough Jr. This guy takes the pictures, develops them himself, and prints them on special paper. The effect is magnificent. It feels like you are actually there, like you can reach out and touch whatever is in the picture. Many of his photos are from places we've actually visited, so that definitely added to the interest factor. If you ever have a chance to see this guy's work, you've got to see it!
Before leaving, we walked down to Pier 39 to look for sea lions, as Alyssa had her heart set on seeing them. There were a few there, fortunately, although it had already gotten dark, so they were a bit difficult to see well. Nonetheless, she was not disappointed! One had even climbed up on the back of a large yacht.
When Steve & I got engaged, he drove me down Lombard Street. I told him he had to take the kids down it, too, but of course, I wasn't thinking about driving it with our long-bed Dodge Ram 2500! Yikes, it was a tight squeeze, but Steve did it! I'm not sure which was worse, driving down the crazy tight curves of Lombard or driving down that insanely steep section of Jones Street. It literally looked like the road just dropped off into nowhere; it felt like we were going to just drive over the edge of the road into nothingness. I'm pretty sure the kids will remember that!
|Laughing Sal, a hideous old coil operated 'lady' who just laughs & laughs & laughs|
|This carnival came to life with the drop of a quarter|
|We did see the sea lions at pier 39 but only a few were there|