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March 24th, 2008 – by: RachelSpencer
Easter Sunday crept up on us, most of the time we don't have a clue what day of the week it is anyway, so we fully expected it to pass by without celebration. We had already booked our trip to Alcatraz Island (we had to book 4 days in advance it was so booked up), so we headed down to the piers to get the boat. It was extremely busy and again in a lot a ways a big tourist trap. We were given an audio tour headset which led us around the cell house and gave us viewpoints from ex inmates as well as guards. The one aspect which really stuck with me, was when an ex inmate said that the first time he saw inside the officers quarters was when he came back and did the tour as a tourist. I could only imagine how this guy must have felt, being back in the cell house he had spent so many years and finding hundreds of tourists taking photos of their friends grinning behind the bars.
When we heard from someone else at the hostel that Easter Sunday afternoon was the time for the annual Big Wheel Race, involving lots of adult throwing themselves down a steep hill on kids trikes and other toys, it seemed too good to miss. Getting to the hill nearly killed us, as it was a part of city we hadn't visited yet and we were late, so had to rush up the steep hill! It really was worth it though, it was absolutely the most random, crazy, excellent way to celebrate the holiday weekend! Hundreds of spectators lined the streets as we waited for the first bike to come down.
After a few days of confusion with renting a car, we have finally managed to get one, and are going to drive down Highway 1 along the coast to Los Angeles. ROAD TRIP!!!
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