This was Day 11 of our California adventure.
The first Spanish Mission I visited ( in 2013) was Mission San Juan Capistrano. It was a wonderful visit. Its beautiful gardens and old buildings inspired me to see other missions and learn about this part of history. All the missions have similarities and differences. We ended up seeing 9 Missions during that trip. I have so far visited 10 of the 21 Spanish Missions. I already wrote about all the other missions visited in earlier posts. If you look to the right on that page you will see a list of posts. I think you cannot see all of them at once. You must go to archives and in the month of October. This is when I started to write about my road trip to California. The very first mission we saw on that trip was Mission San José, then Mission Santa Clara, Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission Carmel, Mission Soledad, Mission Santa Cruz, Mission Dolores ( in San Francisco) and finally Mission San Rafael and Mission Sonoma. Maybe , one day, I will visit the other one.
After leaving San Francisco, we reached San Rafael . This Mission was the 20th of the 21 California Missions; it was founded in 1817. The chapel is a replica built in 1949. We did not spend too much time there as we wanted to reach Sonoma and visit the last Mission on our list.
We arrived in Sonoma mid-day. Sonoma State Historic Park is centered around Sonoma Plaza. More than a dozen buildings important to early California history can be explored. This mission was the last and northernmost of the California’s chain of missions. The original mission was destroyed and rebuilt several times.
We also visited Mexican General Mariano Vallejo’s home in Sonoma as well as his ranch in Petaluma. It was once the largest and most prosperous ranch in Mexican northern California. It was a very interesting visit. So much history. So much to learn about the past.
Thanks for reading my story. After our visit in Sonoma, we settled in Napa for another interesting day.