Wednesday, March 30, 2016
A is for abandoned.
And, that's all this gal shall be writing for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Life has taken a critical turn that disallows (such a word?) me to participate in this year's blogging challenge.
Best wishes to all participants.
To see the list of bloggers, click here.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
|Lone Tree Road, Diablo Range|
Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,
I'm taking a hiatus. How long, I do not know. The Husband, the Mama, Molly the Cat, and I have started on an interesting, one-of-a-kind learning adventure. I will be writing about it now and then at my other blog, The View from the Top of the Ladder. I welcome you to join me there anytime.
If you're new to Take 25 to Hollister, I'm sorry to have missed you. Thank you for visiting and please wander about the blog to find out about what there is to do and see in and around the real Hollister, California, such as the Pinnacles National Park, different state parks, the various parades, Mission San Juan Bautista, San Benito Olive Festival, and fantastic shops and restaurants.
Thank you, all Dear Readers. See you around town.
~ Su-sieee! Mac
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Close my eyes for a second. Feel the sun's warmth on my body. I can almost believe I'm in Hawaii, rather than traveling along Union Road looking towards the Gabilan Range. Sweet Aloha!
Monday, March 21, 2016
Come on. Doesn't that look like a bear's face in that pepper tree trunk? Maybe it's trying to wake up from its hibernation. The Husband and I spotted it as we walked on Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista. giggle.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
This remnant of olden times (lol) stands on the southeast corner of Fifth and East Streets. I remember a phone booth being on that corner since I was a teenager many decades ago. This same one? I don't know.
Interestingly, the phone booth still has an attached phone book. Hmmm, I don't recall there being a phone.
I wonder what Superman would've done if this was only type of phone booth around. Giggle.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
As I walked by the open green space on San Benito Street, I noticed the great full view of the Hollister mural painted by Ernie Valles. The mural's a beauty, don't you think? The artist painted a map of downtown Hollister during the mid-20th century, as well as of some of the iconic buildings of our town.
If you haven't checked out the mural yet, then what are you waiting for? If you don't want to go out in today's rain, then click here for a few other photos that I posted in 2010.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
This past Friday was one of our wonderful rainy days (just like today). When I was downtown, I took this shot of blue sky breaking through the clouds north of town while grey clouds were bringing rain south of us.
I love Mother Nature.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Pink flamingos are perched at the corner of Fourth and San Benito Streets!
Soon, they and more of their friends will find their way to front yards around the county. Giggle.
Who are you going to call if it happens to you?
Call the Flamingo Busters, aka the Women's Club of Hollister!
By the way, if you'd like to have flamingos take over someone's front yard, the Women's Club of Hollister is at your service, too.
Friday, March 11, 2016
|Fairview Road, looking north from Sunnyslope Road,|
from the other day.
The weather report says it'll be raining a lot this morning and again in the evening. Be careful out there. Slow and easy, please.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
What can I say? I like checking the window reflections while walking down San Benito Street. giggle. This is what I saw in one of the windows of Mars Hill Coffeehouse the other day.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Those green rolling hills run above the Pacheco Pass Highway (aka Highway 152). I took the photo from San Felipe Road, by the Dunneville Cafe & Market. They make a delicious tri-tip sandwich. It was well-worth a trip in the rain for the Husband and me the other day. Yummmm.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The trees across from the San Benito County Free Library were looking quite splendid in all their lacy glory in yesterday's rain. It won't be long before their branches are dressed in green.
Monday, March 7, 2016
When I'm riding the bicycle, I like to stop on that stretch of Valley View Road where there's an unobstructed view of the Gabilan Mountains. Seeing the wild mustard and other wildflowers in the large empty field during our "green" months is a joy, too.
The property is up for sale for development of housing. So, let's enjoy the view while we can.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
This could be the last year that we see Spring in the fields east of Fairview Road, between Hillcrest and Sunnyslope Road.
The Santana Ranch development is in the works. Construction began on the southeast end in 2015. A few of the Anderson Homes are already up and ready for sale. According to the developer's website, it offers five floor plans. Interestingly four of the names reflect a seaside setting—The Carmel, The Monterey, The Cypress, and The Big Sur.
The fifth name is The Bixby. At first, I thought it was chosen to honor Lewellyn Bixby, one of the men who purchased the San Justo Ranch way back when. But, wouldn't there then be houseplans named for the other co-purchasers? You know, like The Flint (for Thomas and Benjamin Flint) and The Colonel (for William Welles Hollister). There are none. So, maybe The Bixby is named for the Bixby Bridge.
How did I get onto that subject?
When the construction is all over, 1,100 houses will be standing upon once was open fields. Let us enjoy the unobstructed view while we can.
|From the archives: November 13, 2011|
|From the archives: February 18, 2011|
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Want to eat a delicious, heartwarming meal that features locally-grown and made products in Hollister? Then check out Fisher's Delicatessen, at 650 San Benito Street in downtown Hollister, that recently opened.
The new restaurant is owned by Chef Mike Fisher, a popular caterer, who is well-known in the region for his amazing dishes. A Hollister native, Chef Mike graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Academy of Culinary Arts in Paris and broadened his culinary skills and experience at the Hotel del Coronado, Bernardus Lodge, and other distinguished restaurants. Chef Mike has also been part of the team putting together the annual San Benito Olive Festival.
Fisher's Delicatessen offers both sit-down service and take-out. Its creative menu includes small plates (such as babaganoush, hummus, and marinated olives), salads (grilled asparagus, hello), soups (seafood chowder!), sandwiches, and entrees. If you're into craft beer on tap or the wines from San Benito County, the restaurant has several choices for you.
When the Husband and I were there yesterday, the entrees included lasagne bolognese, turkey stew, tri-tip steak, and harissa shrimp skewers. I had the stew, which was made with free-range turkey. There is definitely a difference in what ingredients are used. Yummmmmm.
Fisher's Delicatessen is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
|Chef Mike Fisher|
Friday, March 4, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016
I pedaled up Hillcrest Road on the bicycle this morning. Puff, puff. Seeing the Three Sisters and Santa Ana Mountain near the top of the road was worth the struggle. Every time.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Downtown Hollister is a great town to walk. So many possibilities. Walk up and down the main street, side streets, and alleys. Venture into the residential area beyond South Street or to the west of San Benito Street. Climb up Park Hill and enjoy the view.
If you'd like something a bit more organized, check out these round-trip walks designed by the Downtown Hollister Association. You can download a copy of its brochure describing the walks here. I've summarized the walks below, providing links to past posts on Take 25 to Hollister that give you some background on the subject matter of many of the walks.
- Sacred Heart Walk, a one-mile stroll, begins at Dunne Park where Sacred Heart Church originally was located.
- Downtown Shop Walk, 1.2 miles, allows you to see and visit all the shops and businesses in downtown Hollister.
- Historic District Walk is 1.3 miles long, covering the Downtown Hollister Historic District.
- Fault to Fault Walk is a 1.3 mile walk along the Calaveras Fault.
- Vista Park Hill Walk, 1.5 miles, takes you up to Park Hill, the highest point in Downtown Hollister.
- East of Eden Walk is 2.2 miles of some John Steinbeck history and movie settings for the East of Eden movie.
- Hazel Hawkins Walk, 2.3 miles, starts at the original Hazel Hawkins Hospital and goes to the IOOF Cemetery on Buena Vista Road.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Artichokes grow in Hollister?
I always thought artichokes grew in foggy, sandy areas, so it still surprises me whenever I see the artichoke fields around here. Workers were harvesting the artichokes in the fields along Union Road this morning. One of them mentioned that Bertuccio's Market on Airline Highway (aka Highway 25), near Union Road, will be selling some of the artichokes. Yaay! Beats driving all the way to Castroville for fresh artichokes.