This trip was amazing…not only did we swim Alcatraz, but we swam it for a good cause. We swam for the FAST Foundation which raises money for awareness and water safety.
The Alcatraz swim is about 1.4 Miles (about 2,500 yards).
Temperature: Water temperatures during our swim are in the low to mid 50’s. Pretty. Damn. Cold. My suggestion? Buy a full body wet suit off of Amazon.
How I got there
Airline points. It only cost me 5,542 points for a one way on Southwest from PHX to SFO.
One my way home segment…I used my Capital One Venture points and cash which is a new, awesome feature! I used 6,297 miles + $33.23. Not bad right!?
Where We Stayed
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf. We loved it here. It was a pretty central location from our swim and all the main tourist attractions. The front desk agent even sent us free champagne for finishing our race. I highly recommend!
Where We Ate
Breakfast: Mama’s. There was a line that we waited in for about two hours, but it was definitely worth the wait.
Dinner: Cioppino’s for seafood.
Ice Cream: Ghiradelli’s where else…
What Else We Did For Fun
Rented bikes and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
Mosiac Tile Stairs
Fisherman’s Wharf Pier
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple
How did I get lucky enough to go to Ellen’s show not once, but twice? Stalk. her. website. Check here every damn day. It usually says fully booked, but click next month. Then check tomorrow. No joke I’ve been stalking her website since college and I scored tickets twice. It took a few years, but when you see “tickets available”it’s your chance. I’ve only ever gotten 3 tickets so I recommend requesting a low number not 10.
We saw P-Diddy, John Turturro, Stevie Nicks and LL Cool J. We sat front row right next to the DJ so we got on air a few times! We won Diddy’s new cologne and an $150 Visa gift card! The Thursday showing was amazing because we saw Friday’s show and part of Monday’s.
We also went to the Santa Monica pier, did the Hollywood hike and went to a USC game.