We continued up the coast of California today. We went to mass at Mission Saint Ines (first two pictures) the nineteenth of the twenty-one California Missions established by Franciscan priests from 1769 to 1823. The Mission was founded on September 17, 1804 and was named in honor of Saint Agnes (Spanish translation is Ines), an early Christian martyr of the fourth century.
On the other side of the mission was the downtown area of Solvang, CA (next 2 pictures). Solvang (Danish for ‘sunny field’) was founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teachers and is a beautiful little city nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is full of very cute shops and incredible bakeries. Leslie had to visit every one of them. The Danish butter cookies were very good and the pastries were delicious.
We continued up the Pacific Highway and stopped for lunch at Pea Soup Andersen’s in Buellton, CA. They are known throughout the country for their split pea soup. Don, the soup aficionado, said it was fine (which is actually a better compliment than it sounds).
Our next stop was the Mission San Luis Obispo (next 2 pictures) which was founded September 1, 1772. Its combination of belfry and vestibule, as well as its “L”-shape is found nowhere else among the California missions.
Our final stop was Morro Bay. We are camping on the beach which is too nice. Morro Bay is known as the Gibralter of the Pacific. You can see Morro Rock in the 7th picture. It was named in 1542 by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabriillo because it resembled the head of a Moo, rthe people from North Africa known for the turbans they wore. We went to Morro Bay State Park (the next picture) and watch the herons and cormorants come in to nest in the trees for the evening. The last two pictures are of the beautiful sunset which was a very short walk from our camper.