There are 21 Spanish missions throughout California dating from 1769 to 1823. Each one unique, in use today, and loved by those who attend and those who visit. IMG_20170809_150022Stopping briefly in Santa Barbara I wanted to see the Santa Barbara Mission which is known for it’s double bell towers and considered to be the queen of all the missions. Perched on a hilltop one can see it from a great distance with the Santa Ynez mountains behind it. Due to travelling time constraints this was the only view I could manage. Maybe on my return trip….

DSCN9922Mission Santa Ines is located in Solvang. I did have time to wander around the grounds before getting back on the road. I’m glad I did!

The views alone from Mission Santa Inez are worth the time to stop. Take a walk along the Stations of the Cross. Maybe stop and rest and reflect on the beauty of the Santa Ynez river valley below with the Santa Ynez and Rafael mountains beyond. Meander through the rose garden or tread the hall of arches.

These old Spanish Missions always capture my heart and fill me with wonder at the architecture, simplicity and beauty of them. It is here, in the quietness and sanctity of these places that I am reminded of how much I am loved by a good, good God. DSCN9916“God passes through the thicket of the world, and wherever his glance falls he turns all things to beauty.” ~John of the Cross



Mothers, Daughters, Family & Friends


When August rolls around I find myself in the heat of Arizona ready to drive mama to northern California for a visit with family and friends. Last year mama had just returned home from a long stint in rehab recovering from surgery. She wasn’t nearly ready to take the long drive with weeks away from home and being in constant pain, yet she was determined to go and go we did! This year she is a little bit older and a little bit shorter, slower but pain-free and rearing to hit the road. As always, the first day of our road trip is not complete without including a stop at Mickey D’s for a frappe.

IMG_20170809_073538After 8 hours of driving we made it to our first destination, Solvang, California.


Solvang is not a big place, yet it is a very popular tourist destination, very much like a Banff, Alberta with shops, restaurants and unique scenery. After we arrived and getting mom all settled in the hotel room as she was done for the night, I went for a stroll.


Farmers markets, carvings of vikings, big wooden clogs, tree-lined streets, sidewalks edged with flowers, bells and thatched roofs. Quaint!




Thus ends our first night. Stay tuned…




Jamestown, Virginia

DSCN9426_6397Well, we have traveled from Philadelphia down to Williamsburg visiting little towns along the way. We trained it up to DC and back to Williamsburg again. Now we have come to our last visit in Virginia, Jamestown…where it all began.

DSCN9494_6457Jamestown isn’t so much a town per se, as it is an historic museum and archaeological site. We didn’t see it all, but we saw enough and our enough is shared here with you.

DSCN9484_6448Finally, the cherry trees were all in bloom and as the wind blew blossoms cascaded down.

Thank you for coming along on this trek which was a very full 10 days. Join Rick and I in September when we travel to Ireland and Amsterdam.

See you then,



Washington DC


Although this was my 2nd trip to Washington DC, there is always something, no matter where I visit, that I missed seeing the first time around. I suppose it will always be true, especially here in Washington as there is such a wealth of history, information, memorial and historical sights to see. Thus began a 2 day trip for Lynne and I, she never having been before. Continue reading “Washington DC”



Williamsburg, Virginia is an historic city dating back to 1632 and one which was significant in the American Revolution. It forms an historic triangle which includes Jamestown and Yorktown.The colonial section of Williamsburg is actually a living museum. Continue reading “Williamsburg”