Damn, it’s the classic dilemma: I took a hella pile of photos in San Francisco last week, but Lord knows if I’ll have enough time in the next couple of weeks to cull out the winners, tart them up, and put ’em on Flickr.
But my big excursion on my final day of the trip was cool enough that I wanted to make damned sure I posted Saturday’s pix. The genial man in the above photo is Ranger Craig of the National Park Service. He’s stationed at Alcatraz Island and he invited me up for a tour.
Mind you, it’s not like it’s all that hard to get a tour of the island and the prison. It turns out that it’s a national park, you know.
But by (happily) agreeing to help the National Park Service with their plans to start up an Alcatraz podcast, I was magically elevated from Tourist to Guest Of The Park Service…and thus after a half-hour’s consulting in the ranger office, Ranger Craig was able to take me into parts of Alcatraz that are off-limits to the casual visitor.
So! Check out the photoset. But not now…wait until tomorrow, when you’re at work. There are about 60 pictures and you’ll be able to kill a solid 15 minutes.