San Francisco interlude: Going to the Big House

Alcatraz boat

We went to Alcatraz. It's smaller than I imagined—there were only a couple hundred inmates there at any one time—but it's just as grim a place as you would think. Worst of all would be that everyday you'd look across a mile of water and see the city laid out before you, and all you had to look forward to was another day in a damp, cold cell.