Category Archives: California Missions

Mission Bell

Version 2Mission El Camino Real, CA.

Mission Tranquility

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Finding Warmer Climes

While the temp outside hangs around 28 degrees I thought I needed to be reminded of a warmer place and time. These two images were shot at a California Mission, probably Camino Real or Mission Soledad. DSC_0501-001 DSC_0509-001

El Camino Real-#2

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Mission Doors and Cross

Mission Bell

Couple at California Mission

The Cross and the Pelican


Final Resting

DSC_0463Flower GardenHeadstone where my grandparents are buried in Santa Maria, Ca. Resting place of most of my dad’s remains, in a funeral urn, placed just in front of this headstone. The flower garden is at Mission Soledad. At this spot we spread the last of the ashes of my dad. Mission Soledad is near Salinas, where he spent much of his youth.

Father Junipero Serra

PotteryFather Junipero SerraTwo items at the Mission Soledad. An example of the pottery done at the Mission and a statue of Father Junipero Serra.

Mission Soledad: Original Wall

Oringinal wall of the church at Mission Soledad.Origiinal ChurchOriginal wall

Final Spot

The last gardenThis small flower garden is the last spot where we dispersed some of my dad’s ashes. Aside from the gravesite where the bulk of his remains were buried in what is called a funeral urn ( some type of plastic container ) we spread the rest of his ashes in five different locations along the California coast as well as three inland sites. This garden is in the Mission Soledad outside of Salinas, Ca. We also placed some of his ashes in a lettuce field. He spent some time ( Jr. High/High School) in the Salinas area. His dad was a state inspector, mostly working the packing houses of Salinas. The lettuce fields in Salinas seem to go on forever, into the horizon. Just amazingly large.

Two for Tuesday

FlowerYellow FlowerSpotted on the grounds of Mission Soledad near Salinas, Ca.

San Juan Bautista, pt.2

DSC_0176WalkwayThe missions were nice places to get off the road, step back in time and just slow down.

Mission San Juan Bautista

During our nine day road trip we stopped at three different missions.Mission San Juan BautistaSan Juan Bautista

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