|The rest of the day was spent at the beach.|
|Jeff was lured into the sea by the girls with promises of warm water but found the water not warm enough at 65F. Compared to the 50-55F water in the Northwest, the water here is considered warm by the girls.|
|They created another pool that is warmer than the ocean.|
|Where are Anna's feet?|
Sunday, we visited the Old Mission Santa Barbara. This is the 10th mission in California. It sits on the mission hill and overlooks the rest of the town down to the ocean. What a beautiful location. Although our main purpose was to attend mass, its history and the grounds were a full day of education.
|Front of the church. This mission is run and maintained by the Franciscan monks. More about Old Mission Santa Barbara|
|From its nave looking to the alter. Flash photography is not allowed so a little blurry.|
|The statue below the crucifix is the statue of Santa Barbara. The Spanish landed on this land on December 4th, the feast day of St. Barbara. I learned that among other things she is the patron saint of sailors. Nice.|
|In front of the Sacred Garden.|
|Sacred Garden is where the monks come to work, and contemplate. One senses a definitive serenity, peace, and beauty here.|
The Island of the Blue DolphinsIt was serendipitous that we picked up a Newberry Award Book called The Island of the Blue Dolphins from a used bookstore in Eureka. Not knowing that it had close ties to Santa Barbara, it was a nice surprise to read this book and be able to relate to a place we visited.
The following is Anna's summary of the book and the visit to Old Mission Santa Barbra:
Daddy, Sophia and I have just finished reading Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. It is about this girl who gets left behind on San Nicholas Island which is located off the coast of Santa Barbara in the Channel Islands. She lived there for eighteen years by herself. The story is pretty much real. She finally comes to Santa Barbara when some people from Old Mission Santa Barbara come and take her away to Santa Barbara. You can see where she is buried if you get a tour of Old Mission Santa Barbara. But, people do not know exactly where she is buried because they did not use grave stones at that time. She is buried in the cemetery of Old Mission Santa Barbara. You should really visit that church. First, it is good to go to church. Second, the church is really cool because monks live there and after mass you can talk to the priest, who is a monk. Sometimes there are some other monks walking around in their brown robes. Also, they have a crypt in their church, but they hardly ever open it because it is so hard to open. When you get a tour, you can see the Sacred Garden, which is very pretty, the cemetery, the museum, and you can also watch a movie about the history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.
By Julianna Cross.
|In front of the Juana Maria's (name given to the girl in the above mentioned book) plaque.|
|Sophia's treasures found in our walk through Santa Barbara.|
|Walking toward the historic Court House. Notice how Sophia carries her found treasures.|
|Inside the courthouse full of Moorish architectural influences.|
|It's great that Santa Barbara has preserved a lot of its historical architecture. For a moment, I felt like I was back in southern Spain.|