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Thursday, March 12, 2015

California Road Trip - January 2015 - Part 2 - California Missions

We stopped to visit four different Missions on this trip. On our way north we stopped at the Mission San Carlo Borromeo de Carmel, also known as the Carmel Mission.  On our drive south we stopped at the Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission San Miguel Arcangel, and the Mission Santa Barbara.

The Mission San Carlo Borromeo de Carmel was founded June 3, 1770.

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On our way south from San Francisco our first stop was the Mission at San Juan Bautista, which was founded June 24, 1797. The Mission sits on the edge of the only original Spanish plaza left in California. There are 30 historic buildings in a 12-block area, allowing for a fairly good feel for what it might have looked like in the 1850's. You can still see a section of the original El Camino Real, which happens to run right along a portion of the San Andreas Fault.  Parts of the 1957 Alfred Hitchcock film "Vertigo" were filmed at the Mission.

Here's a view looking out from under the portico arches across the Plaza.

This building is almost literally on top of the San Andreas Fault.

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Further south, and right off Highway 101, is the Mission San Miguel Arcangel, founded July 25, 1797.

Many of the Missions have museums which detail the history of the area.

According to the curator of the Bigfoot Museum in Felton, both the Spaniards and the grizzly bears factored into why we don't see Bigfoots as much any more, at least in the daytime. I'm not sure if this is a grizzly or a black bear (and we didn't spot any Bigfoots), but it seemed appropriate to get this picture after we heard his story.

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The Mission Santa Barbara was founded December 4, 1786.  It's been rebuilt a few times over the years.

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