“Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the history making 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.” – Alcatraz Island National Park
Alcatraz sits out in the middle of the San Francisco bay. I really didn’t think to much about touring an old prison but much to my surprise the tour was really worth the visit. You actually get to go into some of the cells and see where famous people like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly stayed while in Alcatraz. Also learn about the several escape attempts. I was fortunate enough to see Robert Luke there who was an actual inmate while Alcatraz was open.
I would always pass by this group of books in the History section at the library called “Who’s Who In America”. Since one of my hobbies is genealogy, I searched through the books looking for relatives. Unfortunately none were to be found. That was when I came up with the brilliant idea that “I”, Barry Hughes was going to be in the Marquis Book of Who’s Who In America without spending any money. It took me several months of faxes, letters and scans but in February 2011 I received this letter. Goal accomplished!!
Yosemite National Park: First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
Last year I visited Yosemite National Park with my girlfriend and we drove down to the valley floor. That is where you will find camping, park office and shuttle buses that will take you to different areas of the park. I cannot tell you how beautiful this place is and pictures do not do it justice. Glacier ridge is one of the best spots to view half dome and many of the water falls from up above but if you have a fear of heights let this be a warning that there are places with no guard rails and drop offs just feet away from your car. I white knuckled it all the way to Washburn point. One day I will go back and may it all the way to Glacier Ridge. This is a must view once in your life time.