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03 August 2009 @ 06:12 pm
For those interested in how day 1 of our trip up north went...  


On July 24th, Karen Anderson, thudpucker and myself went up north in California for a three-ish day trip. Our first stop was Mission San Juan Bautista.



First off, let me just say that while I am posting 23 pictures and 4 videos, I actually took 520 pictures, not including the ones that my camera choked up on and didn't save, so yes, this is pared down for brevity's sake.

This first shot is of the clouds curling up the mountain from the ocean, at Gaviota Pass.



The front of the mission...



This is across the street from the mission. Sadly, it's a museum, you can't stay there ^_^



Karen, in front of the mission entrance.



A shot down the arcade, with a statue of Fr. Junipero Serra at the end, who started the series of missions in California.



Like any truly exceptional gift shop, they had a mascat, erm... mascot.



Just a nice shot...



Creepydolls™ beckon you closer.



This picture is mainly to settle a discussion. Martin and Karen couldn't decide if this was for vegetable or animal fibers, because of how wide the teeth are set. ladypixel? dognotspicy?



The church.



Martin got a video of it...



Yes, that's me in the video, about to take the previous photo...



I Love This Shot.



I loved the shot so much, I wanted a video of the sun playing across the cross as the wind blew...



Here's a better shot of more of the cemetery...



It was so peaceful and picturesque that Martin got a pan across it.



After this, we went to lunch in a little Historical Park across the street from the mission, where we were joined by these kids...



Martin got a video of them...



Dad had some lovely iridescent greens in his tail...



The gardens...






Turns out the church originally had a cat door cut into the main door, to help with the mice.



This picture is cool for two different reasons. First, that path close to the sign? That's the original Camino Real. On the other hand, do you see how right after that it drops off to a much lower plane? That's because the drop off is the San Andreas Fault. 0_o

There were signs in the mission saying, basically, "This is an unreinforced masonry building, so you REALLY don't wanna be here in a quake"



So basically, the church is about as close to being DIRECTLY on the fault as it can get without actually falling off of the thing.

Here's a much more genteel shot of the place.



We checked out some of the outlying buildings, but most of the shots would've made you cry out from the boredom. This is in the Plaza Hotel, though, and I liked the barrel ceiling...



Detail from the carriage house.



Inside the carriage house.



This I just got a shot of because it's fun to read.



Afterwards we went and checked in to the our hotel, but you don't care about that, do you?

FYI, if you really like any of the shots, some of them I've made into desktops, so if you want a bigger version of a shot, let me know.



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Phoenix Anew: sleeping beautyphoenix_anew on August 4th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
The mission looks like a really beautiful peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

And that doll is extremely creepy. Any idea why it has one foot on a skull? I've seen images of Mary or one of the saints with their foot on a serpent or something similar, but not a skull like that.
Fritters: A-TLA - Sokka suspicious by sharp_pastelfritters on August 4th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, the foot on the skull symbolizes victory over death. It's still not a pleasant image, though, regardless of how Religiously Reassuring it's supposed to be.

And yes, it's a peaceful place to spend an afternoon.

Edited at 2009-08-04 02:37 am (UTC)
Robyn Goodfellow: chocolaterobyngoodfellow on August 4th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Wow. Lots of interesting shots! I really like the sign about the coaches.

Fritters: TT SF Giggle by shamanic_nurikofritters on August 4th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
On the way south in the car, Karen started pointing out places landslides had occurred and I was all "Don't point out where murders were committed, especially if there are women passengers..."
postrophe on August 4th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
...that was the Graboid flower pic you mentioned?
Fritters: TT Raven chagrined by ellonwyefritters on August 4th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Actually, no. Turns out those were in Solvang, which I haven't edited yet...