A Piece of the Rock in the SF Financial District

Up-close-and-personal at "Alcatraz; Life on the Rock".OK, I admit it, I’m a huge Alcatraz fan. I’ve seen every movie made about the island (the Birdman was the best), I love reading historical accounts about prison life, and I’m simply enthralled by the audio tour whenever I visit the old cell block. And on one visit to the Rock, I even got to chat with a former Alcatraz guard. Boy did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading

Free Alcatraz Exhibit Coming to San Francisco

Alcatraz Lighthouse, in front of the cell blockI’ve always been fascinated with the history of Alcatraz. I remember watching The Birdman of Alcatraz when I was young, and of course I totally loved Escape from Alcatraz and The Rock. And I was totally wowed when I visited the one-time prison and got to talk to a former guard. Wow, did he ever have some stories to tell. Continue reading

See How Furniture is Made in Floyd, Virginia — And Get a Free Cutting Board!

Handcrafted barstool from Phoenix Hardwoods.

If your travels take you to Floyd, Virginia this weekend, then be sure and stop in and say hello to my friends at Phoenix Hardwoods Woodworking Shop. Of course Bill and Corrine regularly have their showroom open during the week, but this weekend – from Friday June 22 to Monday June 25 – they will have some extra demonstrations and special weekend hours. And a special giveaway for Barrier Free Travels Blog readers. Continue reading