I feel a little guilty about not posting sooner, but to be honest I haven’t had too many adventures since my last trip to Mexico. As much as I love traveling solo, my next favorite thing is to explore with a pair of my travel buddies, my parents. It is them that I have to thank for curating my love of exploring different cultures, and if given a choice, I would gladly choose them to travel with. So with my dad’s birthday quickly approaching, I suggested that we take another trip to the Central California Coast, namely to Solvang and the areas surrounding it. Thankfully, they obliged.
We decided to spend our first day in Lompoc, a fairly nondescript town. My mom being the faithful Catholic, she attended a service at the Queen of Angels, while my dad and I explored the hiking trails about a mile away near the La Purisima Mission. After breaking a sweat on the 3 mile loop, we soaked up some culture and explored the mission, Founded on December 8, 1787 by Father Fermin Lasuenm La Purisima Mission was the 11th of the 21 Alta California Missions. The first site was actually three miles south, in the present day city of Lompoc. Despite fifty years of teaching and conditioning, the Franciscan Fathers never trusted the Indians with the operation of the Missions. They remained to watch over their “children.”
La Purisima Mission is blessed with a pastoral setting and a protected view that allows visitors to re-enter the world of 1820. We certainly felt that as we ended our walk and came upon the footbridge leading to the mission– a world where today’s standards do not fit and pre-conceived nations may be changed.