Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
"Where does this road go?" asked the husband, as we kept straight rather than turn left towards the Anza Trail in San Juan Bautista.
"We've driven this before. It comes out on Highway 101 by the eucalyptus grove," I answered.
"I don't remember driving this," he said.
"We have," I said.
I was wrong, and so was the husband. We had driven it before. Just last year, in fact. It was the back road to Salinas. We didn't recognize it, I suppose, because of how green the hills were. It was so worth the drive forth and back on it that late afternoon.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I saw this cute pooch sitting patiently for its human mates who (I assumed) were in church. It was a church parking lot after all. Could you resist taking a photo if you were walking by?
By the way, do you want to spoil your pet even more? Check out the Bel Amour Pet Spa and Boutique on 730 B San Benito Street (between South and Seventh Streets). It opened a month ago.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This empty storefront used to be a bar that I've only known as the Smokehouse. I never thought about asking what it was really called. The other day, the husband and I were walking by the building and noticed an opening in the window. So, of course I had to peek.
Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter O. To check out other O posts, please click here.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This mural is so obviously there that I tend to forget about it. I don't know why. It's a beautiful mural, rather magical and mystical.
How about you? How many times have you waited at the traffic light or driven by this mural and not noticed it? Did you know that it wraps around the building into the small parking lot behind it?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Dassel's is at the corner of San Felipe and Wright Roads, about a mile north of downtown Hollister. You can't miss it. Huge white tanks full of gas on one side of the road, and multiple blue tanks of propane on the other side.
Dassel's has been in business since 1939. Today, it offers propane, gasoline, and diesel fuel to residents, businesses, and agricultural growers.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Two days. In a row, too.
That's how many times I've gone to the newly-opened Heavenly Bakery on the corner of Sixth and San Benito Streets. How long has this new bakery been open? Uhm, last Thursday was its first day, I believe.
They have very nourishing foods for the soul. The apricot danish. Yum. The pecan tart. Droool. The Franchesi bread. Just heavenly!
It's so nice to see Heavenly Bakery and other new businesses opening in downtown Hollister. Now, we gotta do our part and help them keep their doors open.
Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter N. To check out other N posts, please click here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This Victorian home, located on South Street, behind R.O. Hardin School, was built in 1899. It's called the Hawkins Estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original owner may have been T.S. Hawkins, one of the founders of Hollister, or one of his sons.
Monday, April 18, 2011
"It smells of happiness," said the woman standing in front of me in the PG&E office on East Street. She was referring to the sweet aroma of the floral vines hanging just outside the office. Just a couple months of ago, there was no sign of the flowers (jasmine? honeysuckle?). And, now, for awhile, there is no sign of any Sideshow Bob.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
This is the view as you travel north on Cienega Road towards Highway 25. See the trees at the foot of the mountain? That's Paicines Ranch. They sell great tasting grass-fed beef.
For a view at the other end of Cienega Road, click here.
Friday, April 15, 2011
How many of you dear readers remember when this storefront at the corner of Sixth and San Benito Streets was a gift shop?
Okay, how many of you recall when it was Schipper's, a rather cool clothing store? When did we become so old.
Today, this corner is home to the Mars Hill Coffeehouse. Along with offering customers a place to rest and chat with friends and family, while sipping coffee and eating snacks, it provides a venue for various activities and entertainment.
One of the coffeehouse's regular events is Story Time for children and their parents which features professional storyteller Julie Engelhardt. This coming Monday, April 18, Julie will present "Hop into Spring, featuring stories about spring and easter. The free event starts at 11 a.m.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|Looking down Sixth Street towards |
Sacred Heart School. The Calaveras Fault
crosses the street, I do believe.
Want to learn more about the Calaveras Fault up close? This Saturday morning, April 16, geologists from Pacific Geotechnical Engineering will lead a walk tracing the fault through downtown Hollister. The one-hour walk starts at 9 a.m. at the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce office at 650 San Benito Street. The walk is free. For more information, call the Chamber at (831) 637-5315.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
"I ate a flower and two tiny leaves," said the husband. "They were hot!"
That's what happens when your ride your bicycle down a country road on a beautiful day. You just gotta stop, get off, and taste the wild mustard.
Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter M. To check out other M posts, please click here.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I couldn't resist cropping. Could you? Would you?
The Hollister Exchange Club is hosting its annual crab feed and dance this coming Saturday evening, April 16, at Bolado Park. The fundraiser also includes a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person. The proceeds help fund youth activities in San Benito County. For more information, call (831)637-8941 or (831)637-7449.
Monday, April 11, 2011
This is the Knife and Fork's patio on Brown Alley. It faces a gorgeous mural that honors the agricultural industry. Imagine dining here on a sunny day or a warm summer evening.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
"Superman looks like Elvis," said the husband. Kinda. What do you think?
We wandered into Bill's Bullpen Baseball Cards and Comics on a whim. We were glad we did. It was fun talking with the proprietor about the comics of yore and the 1980s Giants. As we were leaving, he said to the husband, "I know where I've seen you."
It turned out that he was at the Emergency Room at the same time that we were. I wonder if the hospital's "ears" were buzzing as we commiserated about our experiences that night. We could've all used a Superman then.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The other day we followed most of the red brick path in downtown Hollister. From north to south, it went from Third Street to Hawkins Street. We had a lot of fun peeking into storefront windows along the way. The brick work was installed several years ago as part of the overall plan to bring more people--locals and tourists--into downtown, specifically, and the area, in general.
Presently, the Hollister Downtown Association (HDA) is working on a marketing and branding plan. This Monday, April 11, the HDA will be holding public meetings in Room 218 at the Veterans Memorial Building for members of the community to give their input about how to best market Hollister to the world. For a list of meeting times, check out this article from The Pinnacle.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Last December, the Hollister School District board voted to eliminate the elementary school music program after this school year because of lack of funds. To address this problem, the Rancho-Maze Middle School Band Boosters and the San Benito High School Band Boosters established the Mr. Ostenson's Save the Music Drive. Its goal is to raise $156,000 to fund the elementary school music program for two years.
This Saturday, you can contribute to the fundraiser by stopping at their table or booth at the following events:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Is that a decorative lintel I spy?
Yep. You can find it on the 1931 building on Fifth and San Benito Streets that is now home to the Vault. It was originally built for the Bank of America.
Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter L. To check out other L posts, please click here.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
One of my favorite back roads to take in San Benito County is Cienega Road. It doesn't matter what time of year. The road is now part of the Wine Trail. So, be careful out there.
Friday, April 1, 2011
This is part of the mural that's on the side of Whiskey Creek Saloon at the corner of Fifth and East Streets. On April 17, the annual Bike Blessing event will take place at the bar. Donations will benefit the San Benito High School Scholarship Fund.