A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Mission San Miguel Archangel

The next day of our trip we visited two missions.  First, San Miguel Archangel, to the east of Hearst Castle.  

Even though it's a complicated part of California's history, I'm glad the missions were preserved (or rebuilt).  

There's a tranquility about them that belies the suffering that occurred long ago.  

I think with the 3 we saw on this trip, I've now been to 10 of the 21 missions.  

Hannah took this picture for me.  Notice I happen to be wearing a skirt that day.  We took a walk outside the mission, and my mom wanted a picture in front of the bell tower.  

Note we're laughing hilariously.  This is because, to get to the front of the bell tower, we had to climb over a wall.  (feeling grateful for slip shorts) 

See the tiny gap between the bell tower and the brick wall on the left?  Yeah, that's what we passed through.  I should have had the girls stand in front of the tower so you get a better idea of how high it was.  

Speaking of a lack of visual perspective, we saw 2 huge bellows on this trip.  The first was at Hearst Castle, in one of the outbuildings.  This one was big, too.  The model mission on the right gives you an idea of the size.  It was bigger than a guitar.  

I watch a lot of history documentaries.  One tidbit that struck me recently was that religious artists in the Dark Ages drew inspiration for the "Madonna & Child" paintings from the statues of the Egyptian goddess, Isis with her son, Horus.  

Old music with square notes

A fountain

The back of the chapel

Many of the missions have these peculiar cupolas.  

Front of the church

This was interesting.  It was different natural pigments that were used to paint the mission.  

Smaller bells


  1. I like your comment about how the current tranquility belies the suffering of the past.

    1. I keep trying to reconcile how much I like the missions and how peaceful and fascinating I find them with their racist colonizer history. Cognitive dissonance much?