California Missions, Part 7

Mission Soledad was built in 1791 in what is now the Salinas Valley. After destructive flooding and an epidemic, there wasn’t much left of the buildings until restoration efforts began in the 1950s. The window over the door at San Carlos is unique among the 21 missions. This is also the site of Father Junipero Serra’s grave, which can be […]

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Memory Monday, Week 142

I’m so impatient to dive into my 1980s slides that I haven’t really taken the time to put them in chronological order. Or any other kind of order, to be honest. So I may still have a few late 1970s shots sneaking in now and then, like this week. The easiest way to tell the difference? The length of my […]

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California Missions, Part 6

Today, besides more photos of details around Mission La Purisíma Concepción I’m sharing a couple of views from Mission San Diego de Alcalá (featured in last Wednesday’s post. I don’t have any old slide images from Mission San Juan Capistrano (featured in last Wednesday’s post), but wanted to note the virtual event happening today — a celebration of the St. Joseph’s Day and the annual return of the swallows.

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Memory Monday, Week 140

I’m working my way through several boxes of slides, trying to follow some rough chronological order. That means using hints like notes written or dates stamped on, and sometimes even the appearance of the slide frames themselves, i.e., some are plastic (1980s) and some are discolored white cardboard with red or blue around the edges (1950s and 1960s). Over the […]

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Memory Monday, Week 139

Summer 1973 — These photos are from a trip my parents took to Hearst Castle and Solvang on the Central California coast, leaving us kids home. But don’t worry! A few years later they returned and took me along with them. Sadly, I don’t recall too much about Hearst Castle except that it was beautiful and overwhelming; I’d love to […]

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