S: Trip to California February & March 2012
1: Welcome to San Francisco
3: Views of San Francisco - Opposite page is the view from our hotel room on the 40th Floor of the Hilton Union Square!
4: Sights of San Francisco 2012
5: Such a beautiful sunset over San Francisco ... | We just loved our view over looking the bay!
6: Mission San Francisco
7: Stanford University
9: Even though it was raining, I had Sam take me to the Golden Gate Bridge so I could take a few pictures. Those spots in the water are surfers!
10: Mission San Jose
12: Mission Santa Clara Founded 1777 | In the courtyard behind the mission flowers were blooming everywhere.
14: Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo
16: This map was drawn by the hostess at the Captain's Inn B&B! She told us exactly which beaches to check out and which to avoid! It was picture perfect!
17: The Spectacular Bluffs at Point Lobos
20: Spring 2012
21: Point Lobos State Park | Sea Lions resting on the beach. Point Lobos, CA
23: Pfeiffer Beach was just beautiful! It's a beach we may have just passed by if not for our host at the Captain's Inn B&B!
27: Following | our | noses
28: Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
32: In the heyday of the Hearst Castle, Mr. Hearst had a large zoo with all types of animals, apparently even today people see Zebra running with the horses and cows! We did not see any of them!
33: Having a great time in California! There is so much to see, that there is no way we can do it all in one trip! I think we are just going to have to plan a return trip!
35: Wayfarers Chapel
38: USS Midway | Bob Hope USO Memorial
46: The miracle of the "Swallows" of Capistrano takes place each year at the Mission San Juan Capistano, on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day. As the little birds wing their way back to the most famous Mission in California, the village of San Juan Capistrano takes on a fiesta air and the visitors from all parts of the world, and all walks of life, gather in great numbers to witness the "miracle" of the return of the swallows. Each year the "Scout Swallows" precede the main flock by a few days and it seems to be their chief duty to clear the way for the main flock to arrive at the "Old Mission" of Capistrano. With the arrival of early dawn on St. Joseph's Day, the little birds begin to arrive and begin rebuilding their mud nests, which are clinging to the ruins of the old stone church of San Juan Capistrano. The arches of the two story, high vaulted Chapel were left bare and exposed, as the roof collapsed during the earthquake of 1812.
47: This Chapel, said to be the largest and most ornate in any of the missions, now has a more humble destiny--that of housing the birds that St. Francis loved so well. After the summer spent within the sheltered walls of the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, the swallows take flight again, and on the Day of San Juan, October 23, they leave after circling the Mission bidding farewell to the "JEWEL OF ALL MISSIONS" San Juan Capistrano, California.