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Monday, July 21, 2008

some pics...and text...












     Okay, first of all--this, my friends, is Alcatraz.  Awesome, right?  It's a jail that was built to house the very worst convicts in our country.  It's on a tiny, rocky island in the middle of the San Francisco bay harbor and, although none of my friends believed me today when I insisted on it,  there are sharks just circling it.  I can feel it. It is usually wrapped in fog like a shroud, only heightening its notoriety.  I am fascinated by it, and I can only hope to actually tour the building before I leave next week.  I guess it's really hard to get tickets, though; but, I am gonna try.  Oh, and one more thing--does the title of Alcatraz for a remote jail remind you of anything? Maybe Azkaban?  Yeah, I thought so, too.  Oh, and I realize that Alcatraz came first.
   
   Next, this is a picture of Sterling, one of the vineyards that we toured today.  Yep, me and some friends rented a limo and toured Napa Valley.  It was amazing to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, leave San Francisco, and look behind to see the haze and fog that covers the city almost all the time.  But, in Napa Valley, the sun was shining and the sky was blue.  I didn't even need a scarf.  We had wine tastings, and though I do not enjoy the taste of most wines, I tasted almost all of them, which I thought was admirable of me.  There was even one desert wine that I thought was pretty palatable.  Anyway, the vineyard was so beautiful, and so different than anything where I live.

   Then we happened upon a whole bunch of sea lions hanging out near Pier 39.  They were hilarious.  They made all sorts of funny noises and it was especially humorous to see them interact with each other.  One unfortunate sea lion, in particular, kept trying to heave his massive body onto the dock, only to be rebuffed again and again by sea lions that had already parked themselves on the dock.  

  And the last pictures are of these two tiny puppies that Jase and I happened upon a while back on our hike.  They were seriously some of the most adorable little animals I had ever seen, I and just wanted to share them with you.  I honestly wanted to take them home with me, and I think you can see why.



10 comments:

kathieK said...

John has had to travel to California several times for work (and, in fact, is in Los Angeles right now, until the 24th). I don't think he has ever been to Alcatraz, but he did visit the Napa Valley. He took some beautiful pictures of that area. Normally, he doesn't get a chance to do much besides work, but every now and then he gets a little free time.

Mom said...

I was definitely in San Fran at some point because I remember seeing Alcatraz from a distance. Plus I saw the Birdman of Alcatraz, the movie, with my Mom. I loved the movie.

Watch for something in the mail from me that will let you "see" Drew. I mailed it yesterday. You should get it by Thursday.

Love you a lot!

mom said...

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peaj said...

The picture of you with the puppy is a very sweet picture - you look so happy! You also look about twelve years old - not a slam, just so very different from the latest professional photos you posted.

I like the resting puppy too.

Jenna said...

OMG those puppies are sooo cute!!

joshusa said...

all you need to do is buy the tickets the night before you wanna go...easy peasy lemon squeezy
alcatraz rules it is so much fun you can FEEL the intensity and it is beautyfull as well...native americans took it over for a while in a protest...when i was there one of the last real convicts was hanging about...awesoem

Jessica Latshaw said...

Pj-I was so happy when that pic was taken! I had just gone swimming in this amazing lake and was holding one of the cutest puppies ever--how could I not be happy?!

Josh--I heard about the indians taking over the jail for a while, which is so intriguing (Jase, maybe a good idea of a screenplay...)...And what felon was still there when you were there?

jason said...

Bambi and Baby, how I miss you!

PJ, I took that picture, and I actually am a professional you know!

Jessica Latshaw said...

hahahaha--I love that you remembered their names, Jase!

If only I had a picture of that awesome bengal kitten!!

kathieK said...

Those puppies are adorable! Jess, I am sure you have the image of that bengal kitten indelibly imprinted on your mind!