Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Music

Guerra Cellars recently announced the schedule for its 2011 Summer Concert series. Check it out by clicking here.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

This is a corner of one of the veterans' sections at the Cavalry Cemetery on Hillcrest Road in Hollister.

Thanks to all the former and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Theirs was a difficult decision to make.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Downside of War

You'll find this memorial plaque in front of the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister. It honors some of the local men who died while serving in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Winged Victory in Tres Pinos

The plaque reads:
Tres Pinos Memorial of the Great War
December 7, 1941 – August 14, 1945
For God and Country
For Freedom and Peace

This memorial was dedicated to the men and women of San Benito County who served in World War II. You'll find it on the grounds of Tres Pinos Church, just south of Tres Pinos, on Highway 25.

To learn about how this memorial came to be, click on this page: Tres Pinos, California WW2 Memorial.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Remembering the Veterans

The names on these granite titles are of deceased veterans who had lived in San Benito County or were members of San Benito County families. You'll find these remembrance tiles on the sidewalk in front of the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hollister Post 9242 and the City of Hollister co-sponsor the San Benito County Deceased Veterans Remembrance Tile installation. If you're interested in purchasing a tile in memory of a Veteran, you can get an order form at the Hollister City Hall. For more details, click on this link.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

2011 Hollister Airshow

I can't help it. I like to stop and read posters. It's one way of finding out what's happening in our area. So, whose up for the Hollister Airshow this weekend?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's Around the Bend?

This road?

It leads into the eastern side of Henry Coe State Park, off of Pacheco Pass (or Highway 156). I want to see what's down there around that bend.

Henry Coe shall be closing soon due to the California state budget crisis. Even if the park was to stay open, the opportunity to head down that road is still limited. The park only allows visitors certain times of the year to wander down that road to see what's around the bend.

One day.

Click these links if you'd like to know more about Henry Coe State Park and its eastern entrance called Dowdy Ranch Visitor Center.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lover's Leap

Heading down (west) on Pacheco Pass. That peak up ahead is Lover's Leap

That craggy peak on Pacheco Pass (Highway 156) just past Bell Station is called Lover's Leap. I just learned that a few months ago. Here's what else I learned.
  • It's 1,096 feet high.
  • The land form used to be a volcano under a sea millions of years ago.
  • The peak is also called Hollenbeck's Rock. The Mr. Hollenbeck for whom the mountain was named had owned Bell Station, which was called Hollenbeck Stage Station.
  • An Indian princess climbed up to the peak and leapt to her death, hence the name Lover's Leap. One story goes that she was in love with a man from another tribe, which was a big no no. Romeo and Juliet all over again. 
  • Hiking up the mountain is possible
What do you know about Lover's Leap?

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Sign about Pacheco Pass

You'll find this sign near the east entrance to Henry Coe State Park on Pacheco Pass, or Highway 152. It's just above the old Bell Station, which was a stagecoach stop.

According to the sign, Pacheco Pass was an ancient trail connecting the coast to the "Central Valley's wild tule marshes and dense riverside forests".

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Life

May 16 to May 22 Theme:  The Little Details in Downtown Hollister

 Most, if not all, of the store fronts in downtown Hollister have been home to one or more businesses, nonprofit organizations, and/or churches. This store front with all the wonderful details is no different.

You'll find this building at the corner or Fourth and San Benito Streets. What's there now? If you know what used to be there before, please share.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Man in the Tree

May 16 to May 22 Theme: The Little Details in Downtown Hollister

Next time you park in the lot on Sixth and East Street, take a look at the tree across Wentz Alley. There's a figure hanging out in the tree. Do you see it?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Reflecting on San Benito Street

May 16 to May 22 Theme:  The Little Details in Downtown Hollister

It's amazing what details you can see in windows. That's the reflection of the rooftop of the Intero Real Estate Services in this window.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Hollister Free Lancer

May 16 to May 22 Theme: The Little Details in Downtown Hollister

Once upon a time this used to be the icon for the Hollister Free Lance. Pretty cool, isn't it?

You can find this little plaque on the building on San Benito Street (near South) that's now home to Java Bagels. I'm guessing that the newspaper used to have offices there until it moved to Sixth Street. The local newspaper has been around since the late 1800s. Click here if you'd like to read the December 10, 1886 issue.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Look Up: Parking Signs

May 16 to May 22 Theme: The Little Details in Downtown Hollister

Be sure to read the parking signs. The City is now enforcing the parking regulations. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shop Locally: Penny Wise Drug Store

May 16 to May 22 Theme:  The Little Details in Downtown Hollister

Cute little dress, isn't it? You'll find it at the Penny Wise Drug Store on San Benito Street, near Sixth Street.

Penny Wise Drug Store is the last of the independent pharmacies in downtown Hollister. The Rosati family has run the business since the late 1940s. Talk about details. You'll find a lot at Penny Wise. Not only can you get your prescriptions filled, but you can find a little bit of everything in the store, from kids' clothing to jigsaw puzzles, jewelry, scarves, religious items, gift ware, musical stuffed animals, and much more.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Alleys of Hollister: Swope Alley

I feel like doing another theme. So, for the next seven days: The Little Details in Downtown Hollister.

Does it look like a little building up on a ledge to you?

You'll find this little detail on the building at the corner of Swope Alley and San Benito Street.

Ahem. Today is day 115 for posting a photo consecutively on Take 25 to Hollister. Uh-huh. Those of you who have been following Take 25 via Facebook know that I'm attempting to post a daily photo for a year. As for the rest of you, dear readers, well, now you know. I have no reason for doing so other than because I can.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stained Glass Art at St. Benedict Church

St. Benedict Church on Fairview Road is a beautiful structure, both in and out. Check out the stained glass work on its doors. Do you recognize the image on this part of St. Benedict's door?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dragons in Hollister

You'll find these two red dragons over the doorway to Cheung Sheng, the Chinese restaurant at the corner of Sixth and East Streets.

The dragon is "a symbol of power, strength, and good luck" in China, among other things, according to this Wikipedia article. As for the color red? To many Chinese people, this color symbolizes good luck, wealth, and prosperity. The dragon is also one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. 2012 is the year of the dragon.

Roaaaaaaar. Hmm, do dragons roar?

Friday, May 13, 2011


Suppose you were taking the photo above. Are you looking east or west, north or south?

I know the right answer, but, still I think I'm looking south.

Someone else I know thinks he's looking east, even though he knows the right answer.

Funny how our brains work.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mountains Everywhere You Look

We are surrounded by mountains. No kidding, you say. Yep, no kidding. When I was a kid growing up in Hollister, I thought the Diablo range, which I could see from by back yard, were just high hills. I didn't even realize the Gabilans just to the south of town were even mountains. That was just the way to go to get to Cienega Road

Ever since I moved back here several years ago, I notice the mountains every day. From any point in this town, there they are. They are spectacular!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Seeking Work?

Looking east on Fifth Street (taken by the City Hall)

Tomorrow, May 12, 2011, the annual San Benito County Business Expo and Job Fair will be taking place at the Veterans Memorial Building on San Benito and Seventh Streets. Many of the local businesses will be there to talk about their products and services, as well as job opportunities. Time: 2 to 7 p.m.

For more details, check out the event Web site.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shop Locally: 2011 Farmers Market

That's right! The Downtown Hollister Farmers Market will be starting tomorrow, May 11.

Same place as last year. Fifth Street, between San Benito and Monterey Streets.

Time:  3 p.m. to 7 p.m., every Wednesday until the end of September

For more info, check out this page at the Hollister Downtown Association Web site or the Hollister Farmers Market Facebook page.

Hurrah for local foods!

Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 San Benito County Bike Week

Straddle your bicycles, girls and boys, men and women! This week (May 9 to May 15) is the San Benito County Bike Week. 

On Thursday, May 12  are two special events.
  • Bike to School Day. Participating schools will provide student bikers with a free breakfast.
  • Bike to Work Day.  Free breakfast and coffee will be available to all biking commuters between 6:30 and 9 a.m. Stop by the Briggs Lawn (4th and San Benito) or Adams Square, next to Santa Barbara Bank and Trust (formerly San Benito Bank) on Tres Pinos Road.
For more details about San Benito County Bike Week, head over to this page at the Council of San Benito County Governments Web site.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Another Peek of San Juan Bautista

I enjoy wandering around San Juan Bautista and peeking at the gardens there. Don't you just like the feel of this garden?

Unbelievable. The week in San Juan Bautista is over and I hadn't even scratched the surface. Not to worry, I'll be posting photos of the quaint town more often. To see other spots shown this past week, click here.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fremont Peak State Park

This week, I shall be taking you over to San Juan Bautista, which is just a short hop from Highway 25, heading west on Highway 156. 

That high peak is in Fremont Peak State Park. The peak, also known as Gavilan Peak, is over 3,100 feet high. From up there, you can see the San Benito Valley, the Salinas Valley, and Monterey Bay. On a very, very clear day, you might see the Sierra Nevadas.

The park offers hiking, picnicking, and camping fun. It's also a great place to see the stars. The Fremont Peak Observatory Association gives evening and solar programs to the public throughout the year. For more about them, check out this link.

For more info about Fremont Peak State Park, click here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Wild Chickens of San Juan Bautista

This week, I shall be taking you over to San Juan Bautista, which is just a short hop from Highway 25, heading west on Highway 156. 

The chickens run wild in San Juan Bautista. All over town. So be careful as you drive up and down the streets. And, if you happen to be eating outdoors at a picnic table or on a restaurant patio, don't be surprised if a chicken suddenly stands beside you. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Plaza Hall

This week, I shall be taking you over to San Juan Bautista, which is just a short hop from Highway 25, heading west on Highway 156. 

San Juan Bautista was a bustling city in the 1800s. Several stage coach lines stopped in the city every day. The Plaza Hall, also known as the Zanetta House, is one of the original structures from that time. It is part of the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Several rooms in the building have displays showing furniture, clothing, and other items from the 1800s. To learn more about this historic park, click here.

On the first Saturday of every month, the park holds a Living History Day. Park visitors can talk with Victorian ladies, mountain men, and other characters from various days of yore, as they give craft and cooking demonstrations. To learn more, check out the Plaza History Association Web site.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Peace Rally

Sorry, no San Juan Bautista post today. I'll resume tomorrow.

A peace rally was held last night in front of the Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. I heard that about 200 of us had come down to show our concern about the sudden increase in violent crime and gang activity.

The most recent incident occurred over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, a 14-year-old girl was shot to death.  The local police say it was an accident.  Although, the shooting was not thought to be gang-related, the gun used in the incident belonged to a gang member. To learn more about recent events, check out this article published by the Hollister Free Lance.

The rally was an impromptu call to the community by our leaders in government, education, and law enforcement to stand together in unity against violence. Some people dismiss it as a photo opportunity for the politicians. All I can say is that in the dark it's tough to take great photos. I like to think the peace rally was organized for reasons of sincerity and love and commitment for our community.

Hollister, overall, is a safe and peaceful city. To maintain that status, however, every one of us needs to be proactive.  Mike Sanchez, the San Benito County Superintendent of Schools, said it the best for me last night, " One person can't do everything, but everyone can do something."

Take 25 is participating in ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt and her friends. Today is the letter P. To check out other P posts, please click HERE.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

This week, I shall be taking you over to San Juan Bautista, which is just a short hop from Highway 25, heading west on Highway 156. 

A three-mile segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan Bautista. The trail runs along the Old Stage Road, which is near the intersection of San Juan Canyon Road and San Juan Grade Road.

This national historic trail was the first overland trail from New Spain to San Francisco. It was named after Juan Bautista de Anza, of Spain, who led about 300 people—soldiers and their families—over 2,700 miles from Tubac, Sonora (now known as Nogales, Arizona) to San Francisco, California. Anza is also credited for choosing the sites for the Presidio of San Francisco  and Mission Dolores. The expedition started in October, 1775 and completed its journey in June, 1776.

For more information about this national historic trail, check out these Web sites:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rally Against Crime

No one wants to hear about horrible events.

No one want to talk about them, either.

But, it is a reality.

And, in our community the increased activity in violence and crime is a reality. No doubt, many of you in Hollister have heard about the death of a fourteen year old girl who police believe was shot accidentally. For more about that, check out this article from the Hollister Free Lance.

Tomorrow night, at 8 p.m.,  there will be a Peace Rally on the grassy corner of San Benito and Fourth Streets. My understanding is that the purpose for the rally is to show community solidarity against crime, in particular gang activity.

Mission San Juan Bautista

This week, I shall be taking you over to San Juan Bautista, which is just a short hop from Highway 25, heading west on Highway 156. 

Mission San Juan Bautista is the 15th of the 21 California missions, which were founded by Spanish Franciscan friars. It was established in 1797. The mission lies on the San Andreas Fault in the middle of San Juan Valley.  To learn more about the mission, check out its Web site.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The City of San Juan Bautista

This week, I shall be taking you over to San Juan Bautista, which is just a short hop from Highway 25, heading west on Highway 156.

San Juan Bautista is about 7 miles west of Hollister. It is the second largest city in San Benito County with a population of about 1,400. The city was incorporated in 1869, but its history goes back to the founding of Mission San Juan Bautista  in 1797. Before the Spanish missionaries entered San Juan Valley, in 1769, the Amah Mutson  people lived in the area.

To learn more about San Juan Bautista, check out the city Web site.



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