Thursday, February 27, 2014

Missions, Memories and Orange Sherbet

La Purisima Mission was the 11th to be founded in 1787. 
That first mission was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1812 and rebuilt 4 miles east to where it stands today. 
 This Mission was the one that Shaggy constructed when he was in the 4th grade a million years ago.
A pretty decent likeness, huh? 
Stores sell kits for these Missions, but I am a mean Mommy who made mine use foam core and make it from scratch...and hot glue...and E-xacto knives....and patience as well as frustration.
 Can hardly wait until next year to help with Sugar Plum Fairy's. 
  There is one large cross in the cemetery honoring all of the mission population who died.

La Purisima was abandoned in 1845 and fell into disrepair. 
It and the remaining mission lands were sold at public auction for $1,100.00! 
It was returned to the Catholic Church in 1874, but the buildings were in such bad condition that it was sold to the State of California in 1934. 
 Restoration began the following year and for the next 6 years continued. 
It is a State Historic Park now and truly gives a great feeling of what the day to day lives must have been like. 
Mass was held  with more than 1000 people in attendance in this main church.


There are several outer buildings and courtyards to explore...the blacksmith's shop (which always makes me think of my great grandfather) and kitchen. 
A candle making room and an olive press.

The looms and spinning wheels make Sugar Plum Fairy think of her Grandma and wonder if she would like these?

There is a smaller church here as well. 
These Missions were, in essence small., self contained communities that were converting the Native Americans into Christians. 
 Water was collected in the spring house that you can see in the distance....the little white dot in the upper left corner of the second picture.

Water was collected and then sent to the Mission by way of underground pipes and gravity.
 (Remember, this is early 1800's).
Some of the water was used to irrigate crops with this system. 

You can see the Mission in the distance...gravity pulled the water from the spring house
Water was also directed to one of two for daily consumption and the other for laundry. 
Very interesting...wonder if our state politicians could or would learn something...hmmm....water collected during wet years and held in reservoirs and used for people and agriculture....what a novel concept...dripping with sarcasm.
There are also Native American reed huts that were used during the time. 
The population in the Mission was so large that there was not enough room in the buildings for everyone. 
These actually were so much cooler than the buildings in some cases that they were preferred.

Somewhere I have this same exact shot of Lollipop Pop when she was this age.

Sugar Plum Fairy STILL prefers Mission San Miguel, but the horses here made it a close second.

We picked up the rest of our family at the golf course and headed out to a special dinner at  The Hitching Post. 
This is the original, family owned restaurant that opened in 1952.
(There is now a Hitching Post 2 that was opened in Buellton by a brother...that one was featured in the movie Sideways which I know nothing about)  
Anyway, in Casmalia, this restaurant is the ONLY thing located in the tiny town of Casmalia other than a small grocery, post office and some houses as far as we could tell. 
This is a destination for the food and service. 
  I do believe the steak I had was the best I have ever eaten.
 This is also a place that my Mom used to enjoy from time to time when she lived in the area.  Shaggy, Sugar Plum Fairy and I all had Orange Sherbet with Chocolate Sauce in her honor.
 It is a bit off the beaten path if you are in the area, but well worth the time. 
 Make reservations. 


Michelle said...

What a beautiful place. I would love to visit a mission like this.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful place. I love the inside of the church and would like to visit a mission.