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Visiting Central California Missions

Jessica, Laura, Cathie, Katy on Mission Trip June 2017

My daughter Jessica, friends Laura Biche, her sister Cathie Ferris, and I are continuing our quest to visit all of the California Missions. In 2015-2016, we visited seven Missions (listed north to south, with the order of establishment in parenthesis):

  1. Mission San Francisco Solano, (#21) in Sonoma 
  2. Mission San Rafael Arcángel, (#20) in San Rafael
  3. Mission San Francisco de Asís (“Mission Dolores”, #6), in San Francisco
  4. Mission Santa Clara de Asís, (#8) in Santa Clara
  5. San Juan Bautista, (#15) in San Juan Bautista
  6. Nuestra Senora de Soledad, (#13) in Soledad
  7. San Antonio de Padua, (#3) in Jolon

Last weekend starting from San Jose, we visited six more Missions, plus another visit to San Juan Bautista since we had dinner in town:

  1. Mission San Miguel Arcángel, (#16) in San Miguel
  2. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, (#5) in San Luis Obispo
  3. Mission La Purísima Concepción, (#11) near Lompoc
  4. Mission Santa Inés, (#19) in Solvang
  5. Mission Santa Barbara, (#10) in Santa Barbara
  6. Mission San Buenaventura, (#9) in Ventura

Since we were traveling on a Sunday, we attended services at Mission San Buenaventura.  Many of the missions are still in active use by the Catholic Church. A few are public museums. We have eight more Missions to visit, in two trips: one to Southern California and the other near where we live in Northern California:

Southern California

  1. Mission San Fernando Rey de España, (#17) in Mission Hills (Los Angeles)
  2. Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, (#4) in San Gabriel
  3. Mission San Juan Capistrano, (#7) in San Juan Capistrano
  4. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, (#18) in Oceanside
  5. Mission San Diego de Alcalá, (#1) in San Diego

Northern California

  1. Mission Santa Cruz, (#12) in Santa Cruz
  2. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, (#2) in Carmel
  3. Mission San José, (#14) in Fremont

Pictures of Mission San Miguel Arcángel:

San Miguel Arcangel Mission June 2017

San Miguel Arcangel Mission June 2017

Pictures of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa:

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission June 2017
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission June 2017

Pictures of Mission La Purísima Concepción:

La Purisima Mission June 2017
La Purisima Mission June 2017

Pictures of Mission Santa Inés:

Santa Ines Mission June 2017
Santa Ines Mission June 2017

Pictures of Mission Santa Barbara:

Santa Barbara Mission June 2017
Santa Barbara Mission June 2017

Pictures of Mission San Buenaventura:

San Buenaventura Mission June 2017
San Buenaventura Mission June 2017

Mission San Juan Bautista:

San Juan Bautista Mission June 2017

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Visiting California Missions

Katy Laura Jessica July 2016

Laura Biche and Jessica Dickinson Goodman and I enjoyed a girls’ road trip on Saturday – part of our long-term “Visit All the California Missions” project. We went to San Antonio de Padua (Jolon), Nuestra Senora de Soledad (Soledad), and San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista) – and ate ice cream twice!   Along the way, we also visited the Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church (near Jolon – on the Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base) and other sights of interest.

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Sheridan Tank, Fort Hunter Liggett near Jolon CA

An odd thing we noticed: all three missions we visited had what looked like the exact same bronze statue honoring Saint Junipero Serra (who founded 9 of the 21 missions).  It will be interesting to see if the rest of the missions have the same one.
Saint Junipero Serra, Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad

Looking at the Missions Map, we figure we need to go on at least four more road trips to complete our project:

4 Missions: Sonoma, San Francisco North Bay, San Francisco, Fremont Area

3 Missions: South San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz, Carmel Area

6 Missions: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura Area

5 Missions: Los Angeles and San Diego Area

Pictures of Mission San Antonio de Padua (Jolon)

Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon California
1773 First California Marriage, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon California
Laura Biche and Cat, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon California, July 2016
Jessica in little doorway, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon California, July 2016
Church, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon California, July 2016

Pictures of Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad (Soledad)

Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad
Garden, Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad, Soledad California, July 2016
Church, Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad, Soledad California, July 2016
Museum, Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad, Soledad California, July 2016

Pictures of Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista)

Entry and Bell, Mission San Juan Bautista
Statue of Saint John, Mission San Juan Bautista, California July 2016
Statue of Junipero Serra, Mission San Juan Bautista, California July 2016
Church Service, Mission San Juan Bautista, California July 2016
Bells, Mission San Juan Bautista, California July 2016

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California Missions book and bell 18 July 2016

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