Mission San Miguel Arcángel

The California Missions were the result of a collaboration between the King of Spain and the Catholic Church. Spain wanted to secure its grasp on Alta California as they suspected that Russia was interested in the region as well. Along with the Franciscan Friars, King Charles III sent soldiers to protect and help the priests. Presidios and…

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South County

My friend Terry was expecting me for some six weeks before I got here, waiting patiently until I  finally made it to Lockwood by bicycle. I had asked her if I could stay with her or camp on her property before I left Carmel for the first time. She graciously agreed. She’s moving, eventually, and…

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Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Padua is named after a thirteenth century Franciscan monk of Portuguese origin, born Fernando Martins de Bulhões, also known as Anthony of Lisbon. He died in Padua, Italy in 1231 A. D.; he is known as the “finder of lost possessions.” According to the web site missionscalifornia.com, Serra was the Founding Father…

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Mothers’ Day

The ride from Soledad to King City on Thursday, May 11 was beautiful! I took Arroyo Seco Road past the Arroyo Seco River and then on to Los Coches Road, which is a serenely quiet and peaceful road through brilliantly green fields (the town of Greenfield is aptly named) and vineyards. I’ve heard not such…

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Soledad

Soledad is a Spanish word meaning “solitude.” I always thought the town of Soledad was so named because it was in the middle of nowhere. I have discovered that it bears this name because it is named after its Mission Nuestra Señora de La Soledad, or Mission of our Lady of Solitude. This title for the mother of Jesus…

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Take Two

I began Take Two from the Carmel Mission on Monday, May 1 (and it was a gorgeous May Day indeed. All is still so green on the Monterey Peninsula.) I rode from Aileen’s house in Carmel to my storage unit in Pacific Grove, by way of the Seventeen Mile Drive, to store my backpack. Then I…

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Bye Bye, Prius

I sold my trusty Toyota Prius yesterday, after several years of good service. It was another, further detachment from my life here on the Monterey Peninsula, and from “business as usual.” I had a love/hate relationship with my car; while I enjoyed the many advantages a motorized vehicle provides, I also felt uncomfortable with its…

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Back in Carmel

I’m back in beautiful Carmel, in the home of another friend. (I am truly blessed to have so many kind friends.) Aileen and I have been friends for many years; she is from Ireland and I have Irish ancestry through  both of my grandmothers, so I feel a kinship with Aileen. In both of my…

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Earth Day !

On this Earth Day of my pilgrimage for the Earth I find myself a guest in a multi-million dollar house.  It is a stunning, architectural dream of a house backed up against a hillside studded with indigenous Monterey Pines and coastal oaks and some planted redwoods and exotic maples. The house opens up to the…

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