Thursday, July 21, 2011
road trip 2011:: part 1 - the missions
so let's start with the missions.
san buenaventura mission
after packing up the truck we drove for an hour and made our first stop in ventura. bobby and i visited this mission when we were up here last year. it's small but very pretty.
then it was time for dinner and bed.
mission santa barbara
on thursday we went to santa barbara. i've been to this mission a few times with my family and it was nice to be here with my family. this mission was bigger than ventura with a museum that had relics from that time in history including some of the only native american sculptures of this time. we walked through the cemetary and watched a movie that gave way more information than i can ever remember.
we left santa barbara and headed to lompoc for the third mission on our tour.
la purisima mission
i had read that this was one of the most renovated missions. and on certain days of the week they have volunteers who dress up and depict life on the missions. we got there about an hour before they closed and just zipped in and out of rooms as they were locking it up.
it had beautiful gardens and fountains. we could have spent the whole afternoon here. but we left as they were closing and went to pismo for the night.
i didn't expect the weather to be so cold and windy. after dinner the kids wanted to get in the outdoor pool. thank goodness it was heated and grandpa tom volunteered to get in with them. i could barely stand the cold just watching them.
the next morning we ate and played some more and then drove another hour to san luis obispo.
first we went to the coastal town of cayucos for some smoked fish tacos.
and the cookies were a huge hit.
we walked along the pier and watched people fish.
then we drove to downtown san luis obispo.
san luis obispo de tolosa mission
this mission is right in town. it was another small one. the museum had arrowheads, a fruit press and the church is still being used as a catholic church. in fact we were there as a wedding party was rehearsing for their saturday wedding.
at this point we were all ready to get to the hotel and get ready for the next part of the trip - the wedding. we had dinner in downtown slo at an open air eatery. we could get food from a few different places and then sit at the outdoor tables and spend time together.
tomorrow i'll do the wedding wrap up and the road trip back home.