In keeping with our ‘catching up on old posts’ theme (and just slightly past Throwback Thursday), here’s an Achievement we crossed off back on our April trip to California.
We’ve always been big fans of the old missions in California, and at one point before we moved back from LA, we had a goal to try to visit all of them. Well, even though we’re across the country now, that goal is still present in my mind, so we decided to check off two of the missions in San Luis Obispo County.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is literally right in the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo (better known as SLO). You’re walking along, shops, restaurants, a handful of bars, a tasting room or two, and then bam: mission.
But my favorite part of this mission is the bear fountain! Los osos are a big deal in California, and in SLO in particular, and this bear fountain is just the cutest thing ever. (Bear made a whole album of his vacation adventures, and this was part of it.)
We’ve strolled around the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa quite a few times, but while in Solvang, we visited a new-to-us mission, the Old Mission Santa Ines.
I’m quite partial to St. Francis statues (having been born on his feast day), and this one represents the story of St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio. The story goes, the wolf was very hungry and was subsequently terrorizing the town of Gubbio by basically eating everyone. So, St. Francis made a deal with the wolf and promised to always feed him if he would become a tame and docile pet and stop eating the townspeople. Then (this is my favorite part!!!!) the wolf put his paw in St. Francis’ hand and they shook on the deal! And the wolf went back to the town with St. Francis and trotted alongside like a tame little dog, and he apologized for eating the townspeople and everyone became the best of buds. BEST WOLF STORY EVER.
(Ahem. Sorry for getting carried away there. Love me some St. Francis stories!)
So, that’s 2 missions down for us, 19 to go in California! If you find yourself in a Californian town that has a mission, we really recommend stopping by for a visit. The staff is always so great, ready to answer questions and give you more information about the sites. And there is so much great history to explore at the missions, it’s truly like stepping back in time.