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.