Saturday, May 14, 2011
Mission San Miguel
For the excessively curious: you can see a picture of the van and the corresponding tree here.
While not as remote and "unspoiled" as La Purisima, the setting was more rustic and much less touristy than many of the missions we've been to. Although it's only about a block from the 101, the town is small (it shares a name with the mission) and quiet. Only part of the courtyard is open to the public as a large segment of the mission is used to house Franciscan seminarians (if I'm remembering my facts correctly). There were a number of rooms housing interesting artifacts, including a large glass case filled with tools, weapons and other metal objects found on the grounds of the mission.
Mission San Miguel Website
There were a number of interesting artifacts placed around the courtyard as well, like a cannon, a large bell and an old wagon.
You can see more of our pictures from Mission San Miguel on Flickr.