Welcome to John's Island
[Another long post ... As always, feel free to skip some or all.]
From the Postcard Collection
A weekly meme for postcard collectors, Postcards for the Weekend, offers collectors a chance to share postcards matching a certain theme. This week the theme is "costumes." At first I didn't think I would have a card for costumes, but then, how about this one? Thanks to Maria for hosting the linkup.
|A postcard celebrating the First Issue of|
Superman Comics, June, 1939
|Back of the unused "Supercard"|
|Description from the card.|
I missed several Seattle sky photo opportunities in early May while away from the city. However, here are a few from recent days. This time of year the sun sets so far north on the western horizon that the views from home don't include the water of Puget Sound. Looking out over a ridge in the Magnolia neighborhood the Olympic Mountains are visible in the distance.
|May 6th 8:16 PM|
|May 7th 8:31 PM|
|About half an hour before sunset looking west|
over Puget Sound.
May 8th 8:02 PM
|May 16th 8:29 PM|
|May 18th 8:36 PM|
By way of introduction and for new visitors, my view from home allows me to watch the marine traffic coming and going from the Port of Seattle. I enjoy identifying ships and snapping photos.
|MSC Container Ship Letizia departing Seattle|
enroute Port of Long Beach, California.
May 9th 5:21 PM
|Two sailboats provide some scale on our view of Puget Sound.|
The near land is Bainbridge Island
and in the distance foothills of the Olympic Mountains
|Similar to the May 8th Sky Watch photo, this view includes a bulk carrier|
anchored just west of Elliott Bay Marina and a tiny sailboat near
the right edge of the photo.
May 8th 8:01 PM
|May 8th 5:53 AM|
|Tug and barge arriving, probably from Alaska.|
May 8th 5:09 AM
|Holland America's Eurodam arriving in Seattle at dawn.|
May 8th 5:12 AM
|Holland America's Zaandam arriving Seattle|
on the morning of May 7th 6:25 AM
|Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas docked at Pier 91 in the foreground.|
Celebrity Solstice arriving just above.
May 18th 5:30 AM
|Celebrity Solstice just about to enter the Cruise Ship Terminal|
May 18th 5:47 AM
|SBI Capoeira Bulk Carrier Departing with|
Cross-Sound State Ferries just above.
May 17th 7:24 AM
|USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)|
Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier
cruising around Elliott Bay
May 17th 5:45 AM
I've been away from the homestead for a couple of weeks. While away I spent some time in Alcatraz. Yes, that famous maximum security Federal Penitentiary. Possibly you've been there, or watched "Escape from Alcatraz", staring Clint Eastwood. I was in San Francisco and finally had the opportunity to tour the famous prison. It was fascinating! Being a "clicker nut" I took a ton of photos. Since this blog has become a sort of journal for me, I'm including my favorite photos out of the large number taken.
|The tour for Alcatraz begins here at Pier 33 in San Francisco where|
you might board a vessel named Escape for the 15 minute cruise to the island.
|After stepping off the ferry to the island, you are greeted by a National Park Ranger|
who provides an orientation for the tour. The Ranger here had just asked how
many are visiting from outside the USA and it looked like that was most
of the group.
|Alcatraz is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area|
GGNRA is managed by the National Park Service
|One of the first sights is this Guard Tower|
|The tour begins with a long uphill climb. You'll be going up|
about the same height as a 13 story building.
The day was May 3rd and the bay area was cool and overcast.
The dampness of the environment was evident.
|On the way up you'll pass Alcatraz Gardens. I had no idea that|
some prisoners kept neat gardens as part of their "work" assignment.
|Today's blooms in Alcatraz Garden|
|Diagram to get oriented at entrance to Main Prison|
|After entering this gate an excellent audio tour is available.|
|Tour narrators include correctional officers and former inmates.|
|Overview of the cellblock.|
|A typical cell.|
|As a furnished cell may have appeared.|
|Isolation cells were provided for unusually dangerous|
or violent inmates.
|Isolation cells 12, 13, and 14 can be seen here on the|
|Looking out of an isolation cell.|
|The famous escape description.|
|One of the actual cells used in the escape.|
These four cells were only recently added to the public tour.
|Paper mache head made by prisoners to fool guards|
into thinking they were asleep. Sheets and towels were
used for the body.
|The recreation yard.|
|Tiny window in cellblock gave prisoners a glimpse of freedom|
across the bay.
|My pic of their pic of Warden's Office|
|Most elaborate and finely detailed model of the island ever produced.|
|After finishing the tour and stepping outside looking|
across at San Francisco
|Kind of scene prisoners probably didn't want to see.|
Sounds from the city were haunting.
|On the way back down to the boat landing. The clouds are clearing,|
it's warming up, and the blue sky made
for a beautiful day. Hard to imagine the agony
of confinement on this island.
|Last glimpse back at the island as we return to mainland.|
The boat dock is at the far right in this photo.
|Name of the shuttle boat = Alcatraz Flyer|
The full tour took about 3 1/2 hours.
Almost back to the city in this photo.
Our post of April 22nd featured the Clipper Race Around the World. The sailboats left Seattle on April 29th and, in Leg 10 of the race, sailed down the West Coast to Panama. The winner of Leg 10, Dare to Lead, completed the race in 17 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes, and 20 seconds. The boats will now transit the Panama Canal and prepare for the next race start, Panama to New York City, scheduled to begin on June 3rd. Read more on the Clipper Race Around the World website.
More Circling Year Calendar 1917
We're keeping up-to-date with the Circling Year Calendar we started publishing in our January 15th post. The story on why we're reprinting a 1917 calendar is there.
As nothing reveals character like the
company we like and keep so nothing
foretells futurity like the thoughts over
which we brood.
Newell Dwight Hillis
Thanks for stopping by John's Island.