At Alcatraz, we got to listen to Ernest B. Lageson, the son of the officer that was involved in the riot of 1946. It was interesting to hear him talk about growing up on the island and his father’s stories. He wrote a book about his and his father’s experience and specifically the riot, which has now been added to my reading list.
We spent some time on ocean beach, which was absolutely filled with dogs :) And freezing water as you can see below. We also visited the Castro neighborhood which I realized too late was the neighborhood Harvey Milk had his camera shop in.
And, what was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip, Hendry Ranch Winery. The ranch has been around since 1939 and, as we were told, is now the only family owned winery in that area. Everything else was bought by corporations. George, the owner, who grew up on the land, explained how the winery worked, talked about how much he learned over the years and the changes that have taken place over the years.
He talked about the process of making wine, showed us his beautiful new facilities and then lead us through a wine tasting. I finally learned about the science behind pairing certain wines with certain foods!
All in all, it was a wonderful visit and I highly recommend stopping by Hendry. Best part? Your tour and tasting fee can be used towards purchasing wine :)
More photos next post!