Orange County–Mission San Juan Capistrano

Despite the appearance of this Vacation Rental in San Clemente, which housed a group of surfers during my recent visit here, Orange County strikes me as being affluent. It also has a reputation for being politically conservative. Honestly, I wish we could get away from these polarizing identifications which divide us, but they are stronger now…

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Misión San Gabriel Arcángel

Misión San Gabriel Arcángel was the fourth mission to be founded in Alta California by Fra. Junípero Serra, in 1771. It is unusual in that it is not made of adobe bricks but of stone, brick and mortar and its style is Moorish, having been designed by the Spanish priest Father Antonio Cruzado. It has…

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Los Angeles County

I made my way to Los Angeles County by a circuitous route, traveling east and a bit north from the Ventura Coast back onto the Camino Real. It would have been quicker to go south along the coast to Topanga Canyon but I wanted to get away from the coast as soon as possible! I…

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Love and Beauty

My oldest sister Susan is an artist and has a deep love of Nature and the Earth. She appreciates beauty in all its many forms and has often lived in remote, natural places, including a coastal village north of Lisbon in Portugal, rural parts of Vermont and Prince Edward Island, and right now the Pacific…

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Ventura County

My last night in Santa Barbara County was spent camping in the State Park in Carpinteria. There I met a group of cyclists who were riding north to Refugio State Beach together; they were meeting more cyclists that morning at the train station. They invited me to join them around their campfire and we had…

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Missions Santa Inés and Santa Barbara

The last two days have been a bit of a whirlwind of riding (and walking) my bike to visit the final two missions in Santa Barbara County. Getting to my resting place for the night has involved more time and miles than is typical for me and my body feels the stronger for it. I’m…

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Mission La Purísima Concepción

The original name of this mission is LaPurísimaConcepcióndelaSantísimaVirgenMaría, or The Mission of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. It was established in 1787 by Junipero Serra’s successor, Father Fermín Lasuén. It was the eleventh mission in the chain and was the headquarters of the Alta California Mission System for a few years. It…

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