Tuesday, December 13, 2016

2016 California Missions and Hearst Castle Trip

Following the California Missions trail along El Camino Real and seeing Hearst Castle along the way

We spent three days visiting as many of the California Missions as possible between San Mateo and San Luis Obispo. We managed to see seven of the 21 Missions in the chain, and we visited Hearst Castle, too. We learned so much about the Spanish desire to build churches to convert native peoples, and how their colonization of California still impacts our state today. The trip was the culmination of all of the research we have done into California history so far this year.

In the doorway of Soledad Mission
Mission San Antonio de Padua - the most remote mission.
Very beautiful scenery!
Because Mission San Antonio de Padua was closed,
we could only view it from afar
So close to an old tank near Mission San Antonio - it's on a army base.
How the Spanish made candles from tallow
The "Sheep Gate" at San Miguel. The drive the sheep through into the quadrangle to be sheered.
Everyone agreed that Mission San Miguel was their favorite interior
Inside Mission San Miguel
Courtyard at San Luis Obispo

Hearst castle exterior

Hearst Castle decorated for the holidays
The indoor swimming pool at Hearst Castle. Real gold on the floors!
Very beautiful view from the castle

Seals, elephant seals and the beach.
Beautiful scenery on Big Sur coast

McWay Falls

Fr. Junipero Serra Monument at Carmel Mission

Looking at models of missions

Signing the visitors book

Courtyard at Mission San Miguel

Bells at San Luis Obispo
Playing board games in our hotel room at night

Carmel Mission exterior
Interior of Carmel Mission

Very old music!

The Spanish were very small!

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