Angel Island / San Francisco pt. 3

angel island san francisco

I took this photo around 9:40 AM, on a foggy Monday morning, when we left Pier 33 to see Alcatraz and Angel Island. Now, I always wanted to see Alcatraz, but I couldn’t get tickets for just that tour, so Rok and I bought tickets for a double tour – that includes seeing Angel Island. And I am SO HAPPY we did that. Angel Island is just so, so beautiful and if I lived in San Francisco, I’d definitely visit the island often. The views from the top are amazing.

Angel Island is a state park, and was used for a variety of purposes, including military forts, a US Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility. (More here and here.)

The area is really lovely, you can walk around, or explore it with a bicycle, or if you’re on a tour like we were, they drive you around in a little shuttle. I forgot the name of our tour guide, but she was a really cool middle-aged lady, and she made the whole experience a lot more fun.

angel island san francisco

I can’t remember correctly but I think some houses are occupied, as some have plants outside, chairs, etc.  and just look a bit nicer from the empty buildings.

angel island san francisco

angel island san francisco

We stopped here to enjoy the breathtaking view.

angel island san francisco

Some of the trees are still black from the awful 2008 fire.

angel island san francisco

The deer! I was surprised at first, but the tour guide told us they actually keep a population on the island. I got the impression they don’t hunt the deer, which made me really happy, but judging by this entry, the population is controlled.

angel island san francisco

This is the view from the top. Amazing!

 

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