Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.

January 17, 2016

Now, we were just about to visit another Mission (12th of 21), the 4th of all Spanish Missions founded in California.  This Mission is older than the metropolis of Los Angeles.The 4th of all Spanish Missions founded in California. The old mission church, with buttressed walls of stone and brick up to five feet thick, looks today much as it was has always looked.  This is what you see on the photo below:

DSC00510-1 Mission San Gabriel was founded on September 8, 1771 by Father Pedro Cambón and Father Angel Somera. It was once California’s largest producing winery.

In the garden are found olives trees, citrus and fig trees as well as  orange trees. San Gabriel had the first orange trees in California. Aqua tibia sweet orange tree (Valencia variety). It was a very interesting garden with cacti and flowers and so much information,  I would still be there if I could…but after about one hour visiting the museum, the garden, the church and even the cemetery, we wanted to drive some more. I took many photos. Here are some for you.


I was very happy  having seen this Mission. Thanks for reading. Our adventure in warm California will continue soon.



Mission San Fernando Rey de España.

January 17, 2016

We traveled  across Los Padres National Forest.  Amazing landscape. The morning light was particularly interesting. We could see field of crops  but were not sure what it was. There are so many products growing in this area. Crops include grapes, almonds, strawberries, oranges and walnuts. California produces almost all of the country’s almonds, apricots, dates, figs, kiwi fruit, nectarines, olives, pistachios, prunes, and walnuts. It leads in the production of avocados, grapes, lemons, melons, peaches, plums, and strawberries.


Then, it was time to stop and visit our 11th Spanish Mission in California. In March 2013, I had visited Mission San Juan Capistrano (you can read a post about it).

It was that day that I found out there were 21 Spanish Missions. In my mind, I thought it would make sense to try to see them all. We returned to California in September 2014 and during that trip, we visited 9 Missions. I have been writing about all of them . I knew we would be driving close by two missions on that day. The first one:  San Fernando Rey de España in Mission Hills, a district of Los Angeles.


This Mission is also called Mission of the Valley and was named for St.Ferdinand, King of Spain (13th century). The mission was founded on September 8, 1797, by Father Fermin Francisco  De Lasuen. It was the seventeenth of the twenty-one Spanish missions established in California. We got there while a mass was celebrated so we started our visit with  the museum and the beautiful garden. There is the Bob Hope Memorial Garden. It was in that garden that we saw  a priest, from Carmel, who talked to us about his walks between each missions. We also went inside the church. We only stayed about 45 minutes but it was a very interesting visit.  I took a few shots as usual. Here, on that last photo you see the priest who just finished celebrating the mass  talking with the father we talked  with in the garden.


We only had to drive 48 km (30 miles) to get to our second Mission to visit that day. It will be for another post. Thanks for reading.



Miles after miles…(or km after km)!!

January 15 and 16, 2016

Today,  the story of our road trip continues… On the road,  we go. We get up early and we are on the highway with daylight. Not much to report until we get south of Oregon and are  driving in higher elevation which means snow  but fortunately not on the road. I grab my camera and snap a few shots. It rains and for  more than 2 hours we get that scenery and then no more white stuff.   Northern CALIFORNIA  has some big mountains  with snow on it  but  we keep heading south.

From time to time, I ask my husband about the temperature. It is getting warmer for sure. We will be driving all day and only stopping when necessary for gas, restroom break and  eating in a rest area. We always find it easier if we have food with us having done the shopping the day before. We don’t have to find a restaurant and “waste” time. And I must say it is also healthier and economical. When you have many miles/km to cover and the daylight is short, you just want to get to the next hotel and relax. Now, that we were in USA, we tried to think miles and Fahrenheit. For two days, we just drove and drove. All our hotels had been booked ahead knowing what distance we could cover and not making it a too long day.  With the GPS, we got to our destinations easily.  Sometimes, we listened to music.  I always bring my favorite CD  with me. Sometimes, we were chatting or we just stayed quiet and admired what was around us. We share the road with big trucks. We notice the changes in the landscape. I never stopped taking photos although the windows were getting quite dirty. All  the photos with snow were taken while driving.  But I was not the driver, of course !




This is probably Black Butte, elevation: 3,918 feet/1194 meters.

And here are some old fashion posters we saw in a nice rest area, off HWY # 5.

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Then finally, one late afternoon, in a city where we had time to go for a walk before dark, I saw a tangerine tree. This would not be possible in Canada!!


The story of this road trip  is just starting. We have many more days ahead of us of this 55 days trip. I will be back soon with another post. Thanks for reading.




Road trip, 2016

It has been almost 3 months since I wrote on my blog. Well, let’s say it has been a busy time. I was gone on a 55 days road trip in USA. I will try to tell part of it in the next posts. Today I just want to say it was a great trip with lots of sunshine, many amazing places, learning new things, being outside a lot for different activities like cycling, walking or swimming, visiting some friends, relaxing also. Once again we just enjoyed life to the MAX.

This whole trip needed some planning but not so much. When you know where you want to go, it is easy. You pack according to the places to will visit and the weather. We were heading south but it didn’t mean we would wear shorts all the time! So I had a special bag with warmer clothing. And because we were traveling by car it was easy to bring more stuff just in case. We even brought along our bicycles.

Leaving Vancouver in January means: “Bye Bye, rain”.  We actually stopped in Portland (Oregon) and luckily we were able to go for a long walk in the city and take some photography.  Portland is an interesting city with lots of cyclists, breweries and The Portland Trailblazers basket-ball team. They also have the famous Voodoo Doughnut, known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests. Open 24 hours!! This spot is usually so busy and has line ups. We were lucky as it was a cloudy Wednesday afternoon and we got inside right away.  Now, I can say: “Been there, done that!”  We also went to Moda Center for a basketball game. Always fun to do.

For today it will be all I will write. I share a few photos and I hope to have time another day to write about the following days of our adventure on the road. Thanks for reading.


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