California Day 4
•• San Franciscoooooo. Took a boat tour around Alcatraz & got some great pictures (that are alllll on my camera, soon to be uploaded). Walked Pier 39 & went to Coit Tower. Photo credits to @libbsterr for getting pictures of me behind the camera🤗 See what part of San Francisco we explore next!!!!!!! ••
Last day in San Francisco... the home of Uber, Twitter, Pinterest and ALCATRAZ (I know you have all been waiting for these facts!) What was literally just a rock, became Fort Alcatraz in 1850 used to help defend the bay in the wars. Everything from the soil, building materials, plant matter and water was imported to build the fort. Because it was literally a bald rock with a really good view point.
After going through changes in 1934 it was reopened as a Federal Penitentiary and was the prisons of all prisons.
There were 14 escape attempts on the 29 years it was operational, only 3 successful. This group of brothers used man made drills and spoons to widen their cell vents which would have taken over a year. One night they crawled into the utility corridor through these vents, climber to the roof and made it tot the shoreline. No one knows if they made the 1.5mile swim to shore as they have never been seen since.
In 1963 the final prisoners were marched out and the Prison was closed.
Also just FYI the cable car was invented 1873 after a man was horrified at how the horses were suffering on the hills so had to do something about it.
And finally these Sea Lions have taken up residence on Pier 39 and wanted to tell everyone all about it!
San Fran, you’ve been grand! But your official aquarium needs work, at least I got to touch a sting ray! #sanfrancisco#chloedoesusa
A year ago I decided I wanted to really learn how to swim and see if I could kick my open water anxiety. I found @theswimmechanic@smogswims and tried to do what I could but there was lots of anxiety inside so I was thankful for the support offered from a select few people who pulled me under their wings. Then I met @racerwesson and I had someone on my level to try and conquer the ocean with. She then asked me to race Alcatraz with her and I said yes because her sales pitches are top notch. Yesterday Alcatraz came and went. It was one of the harder things I’ve ever done (see the last photo and how much I enjoyed the swim 😂) and running after that swim was tough because my legs cramped in the water for the last quarter mile but when you have people supporting you and a cool swim partner you keep going and lie to each other that it’s going great till everyone crosses the finish line!!! Thanks to coach @triguyky as always for the positive chats pre race! || #escapetherock#duathlon#triathlete#tritraining#fakeittillumakeit#tristarathletes#smogla#swimmechanicoceangroup#sanfrancisco#alcatraz#uglyraceface#teamcorisummer#thoracicoutletsyndrome
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