Thursday, June 30, 2011

Looking Up: Lamp Posts

Doesn't it almost look like these lamp posts are dancing? And, right in front of the Veterans Memorial Building.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A June Rain!

It was raining when we came out of the movie theater in Hollister yesterday evening around 6:30. Not just a sprinkle, but a pouring. It was gently raining when we came out of La Villa de Jerez an hour later. The photo shows how much water was on the sidewalk and gutter by then. Amazing!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

From the Gabilans to the Diablos

We really live in a mountainous area. This photo was taken from Fremont Peak, which is in the Gabilan range. The mountain range across the valley is the Diablo range.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Penny-farthing

This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

That there bicycle skeleton leaning against the antique store is a penny-farthing. Sorry. I didn't take a really close look to see if it is an actual penny-farthing frame or a metal sculpture of the penny-farthing.

Penny-farthing. Sounds like a coin with a gas problem.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The San Juan Bautista Fiesta Rodeo Mural

This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

This fading mural sits in somebody's back yard. It depicts the San Juan Bautista Fiesta and Rodeo that used to take place every year since at least the early 1900s. The mural was done in the 1970s by artist Ernesto Valles, who also did the Hollister mural on Fifth Street.

Here's a closer look at a section of this San Juan mural.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Knock, Knock

This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

A fixture—a knocker, I believe—on the door of the Orient Express, the Chinese Restauarnt in town. The address is on Washington Street.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Heavy Metal Cock-a-Doodle-doo

This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

When is a chicken in San Juan Bautista not running wild?

When it is an item in a gift shop in that town.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Back Fence Gazing

This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

Peeking through the back fence on Fourth Street at the patio of Jardines de San Juan.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chickies Running Wild

This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

San Juan Bautista is known for being home to one of the 21 California missions that were founded by the Franciscan friars of Spain. It is also known for the chickens that run wild through the downtown streets. Many tourists think the wild chickens are quaint. Many San Juan residents think otherwise. Check out this story about the Mission City's decision to hire a chicken wrangler to thin out the flocks.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


This week (June 20 to June 27), I will be posting photos that I took last Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista.

Last Sunday was the annual fiesta celebrating the 214th anniversary of the founding of Mission San Juan Bautista on June 24, 1797. A great band was playing that sunny afternoon. Wish I'd caught the band's name.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hitchcock in San Juan Bautista?

I was wandering around downtown San Juan Bautista yesterday with the camera, of course. So, I think I shall do another week  (June 20 to June 27) of photos of the mission city. 

The arrow points to—what else—Vertigo Coffee Restaurant/Cafe at 81 Fourth Street.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Local Stand Full of Yummy Cherries

It's cherry season. Hurrah, hurrah!

The Ivancovich Family Orchards' cherry stand on Buena Vista Road is now open for business. Hurrah, hurrah! It's the husband and my favorite place to go for freshly-picked local cherries. Three dollars a pound. They've got both the deep red and the red/yellow types. 

The stand is located at 2420 Buena Vista Road. If you're traveling on highway 156, you'll see a truck with a huge cherry sign on the south side of the highway at Buena Vista Road. Just follow the signs to yummy delicious cherries. The stand is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They hope to stay open until at least the Fourth of July.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Best View

"Stop, stop."

"What?" the husband braked hard.

"Gotta take a picture," I said, opening the door.

Wouldn't you?

This is at the corner of Best Road and Highway 25, opposite the Ridgemark Golf Course. The mountain peak in the distance is Santa Ana Mountain.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Poles in Hollister

Yep. Some lamp poles on San Benito Street in downtown Hollister.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Coming Event: Mission Annual Fiesta

Mission San Juan Bautista Garden
This Sunday, June 19, is the annual Old Mission San Juan Bautista Annual Fiesta in...yep, you got it...San Juan Bautista. The fiesta honors the founding of the mission on June 24, 1797.

The fiesta will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the olive grove next to the mission. The event is free. There will be food booths, including a BBQ chicken lunch at $10 per plate. For more details, go to this link at the Diocese of Monterey.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Today is Farmers Market Day!

If it's Wednesday, then it must be the Farmers Market in Downtown Hollister. Need I say more?

But, if you need more, click over to the local Farmers Market's Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Recognize this spot at the northern end of downtown Hollister? Anyone recall what used to be here? And, what was used? I wonder if this lot will ever be home to anything again.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hey, Taxi!

We were waiting for our order at the Burger Factory when the husband asked, "How are we going to get around when we can no longer drive?"

"We can walk. Ride our bicycles," I answered. "Take the bus. Take a taxi."

"Hollister doesn't have taxis," he said.

"Now there are," I said.

"Maybe one or two," he said, as we stood up to get our order of teriyaki chicken, egg rolls, and Philly Cheesesteak.

Lo and behold, the next day, we saw a taxi.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Blue Skies

When I moved back to Hollister several years ago, I didn't realize how much I missed the open skies. This specific view is just a few miles south of downtown Hollister, off of Highway 25.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

More of Chasing Clouds

You're looking northeast from the corner of Best Road and Airline Highway (aka Highway 25). I wonder where those clouds were coming from? They looked to be moving southeasterly. This was taken on the day I went chasing clouds.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Chasing Clouds

Tuesday afternoon, after voting, I spied the tippy-top of what looked like growing thunderheads over the Rancho San Justo Gym. Very strange since it was a clear day. Of course I needed a photo of them. The clouds weren't as nearby as I thought they were. The further we drove up Airline (Highway 25), the farther away they were. Here's a close-up of them from Best Road. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Coming Event: Jazz Under the Stars

The Homeless Coalition of San Benito County will be holding its sixth annual Jazz Under the Stars on July 23, 2011 at St. Benedicts Hall (1200 Fairview Road) in Hollister. The outdoor event will feature the Magnolia Jazz Band.

According to Doug Emerson, a board member of the Homeless Coalition, "This is the major fundraising event for the Homeless Coalition of San Benito County. The Coalition's primary source of revenue for the past years has been CDBG grants (Community Development Block Grant); we have received $100,000 – $110,00 yearly. However, due to changes at the Federal and State levels, there will be no CDBG grants in 2011. As a result, it will be a struggle to keep the shelter open next winter. Attending Jazz or making a monetary donation will go a long way towards keeping our shelter open."

For information about the Homeless Coalition of San Benito County, click over to its Web site. For more details about the fundraiser, click here. You can also click on the poster image below to enlarge it for easier reading.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Coming Event: Hollister "Birthplace of the American Biker" Independence Weekend

Yes, there will be no Hollister Independence Rally this year. More than likely the one in 2008 was the last one.

No city-sanctioned bike rally. Got it. But, that doesn't matter.

The Hollister "Birthplace of the American Biker" Independence Weekend will be going on. So, from Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, we, locals, should expect to see and hear a lot of bikers coming through town.

In fact, on Saturday, July 2, bikers will be riding in from Southern California. They will start in San Dimas at 6 a.m., rocking their way up through the valley, down Pacheco Pass, and rolling into Hollister around 1:20 p.m. To learn more about the ride, head over to the 2011 Southern California Hollister Rally Run Web site.

To learn about local events that will take place that weekend, check out these Web sites:
For a complete list of events, click here.

P.S. If you'd like to know about the July 4, 1947 event that lead to Hollister being called "Birthplace of the American Biker," click here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Coming Event: 2011 Street Festival and Car Show

The 2010 Street Festival and Car Show

Yes, it's another local summer event to put on your calendar. Why not? It's summer! Yes it is. Don't let that weather fool you.

This event is the 25th Annual Street Festival and Car Show. The city closes down San Benito Street between South and Fourth Streets. The old cars are lined up at the south end. There will be food vendors, booths, demonstrations, and five bands. Free watermelon, too. For more detail, check out this link.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Coming Event: 2011 Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo

2010 Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade. Click here for more photos.

The 78th Annual San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo will be held June 24 to June 26, 2011 at the Bolado Park Fairgrounds. As usual, it will kick off with a parade through downtown Hollister on Thursday, June 23,  around 6 p.m. For more details, click over to the rodeo's Web site.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Coming Event: The 2011 Portuguese Festival Parade

Next Sunday, June 12, 2011, is the annual Portuguese Festival Parade. It starts at 10 a.m. from the S.D.E.S. Hall on the corner of Seventh and College Streets, near Sacred Heart Church.

For local stories about this event, click here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Looking Up over the SBC Historical Park

I would like to walk up to that ridge above the San Benito County Historical Park, which is just a mile south of Tres Pinos on Highway 25. What a breathtaking sight to behold, I betcha.

Speaking of the historical park, several events will be taking place there tomorrow, June 4:
  • Big Barn Sale, a fundraiser for the San Benito County Historical Society, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Seventh Annual Small Engine and Tractor Show
  • Grand Opening of the Jack O'Donnell Visitor Center
  • Wine Tasting, 5 to 7 p.m., with performances by the San Benito Stage Company and Mr. Ostenson's Save the Music Drive
For more details, check out the San Benito County Historical Society Web site.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shop Locally: Cherry Tree Photography

Yesterday, I saw signs of another new business starting up in downtown Hollister. Hurrah! Cherry Tree Photography will be occupying the former Maddux Jewelry storefront at 535 San Benito Street. For info about the business, check out its Web site.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Don't Keep the Stagecoach Waiting

Click on the sign to get a larger version to read

Yep, this sign is for real. It's hanging in the Plaza Stable at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park in, of course, San Juan Bautista. 

Every first Saturday of the month the park holds a Living History Day. What to you know? There's one this Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Here's the link for more details. 



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