Sunday, March 11, 2012

Through a Fence. Clearly.

The definition of picturesque: San Juan Bautista.


I am so thankful that digital cameras were invented. I could easily go through a roll—and more—of film each time I went to San Juan if I was still using a non-digital camera. Huh? What are those you say?

As for the photo. All I remember is that I was walking along the main street and happened to peep through a gap in a fence. The place: Jardines de San Juan.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

View from Old Stagecoach Road

Looking down the trail on the San Juan Bautista side. As you can tell it was
a beautiful day. Late afternoon. Few hikers. One bicyclist heading down.
Three equestrians heading up.

Taking Old Stagecoach Road was one of the ways that people could get between San Juan Bautista and Salinas. Today, the three mile stretch from San Juan Bautista to the Salinas side is now known as the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

It's a wonderful hike. A bit (okay a lot) strenuous if you aren't used to walking steadily uphill for more than a mile. It's about another mile to the crest, although that climb isn't so harsh. Now, if you're in awesome shape, the hike up and down is nothing. Me, ouch, my aching knees on the way down. All worth it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Looking Up from John Smith Road

The husband and I finally are in decent enough shape. Yay! The other day we successfully pedaled our  cruiser bikes up Sunnyslope Road and over to Best Road, via  John Smith Road, then back home by way of Airline Highway. It was a short distance, between 6 and 8 miles,  but mostly uphill.  The satisfaction of being out in the open was well worth the huff and puff of it all.

Hmmm. I believe I have a new category of posts: bicycle rides.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Looking Up: Mission San Juan Bautista

Up there on the cliff is Mission San Juan Bautista.  I took this photo from the original El Camino Real, which ran from Mission San Diego to Mission Sonoma. If I understood what I read, several feet below where I stood runs the San Andreas Fault. I am amazed that the mission has stayed up all these 200 years.

Do you see what looks like green benches below the fence? I was told that they are remnants of the bleachers for the once-upon-a-time annual San Juan Bautista Rodeo.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Corner of Monterey and Fifth Streets

I did not realize that the San Benito County Administration Building and its setting are quite gorgeous until I saw the scene from this angle. Guess it's true what they say about not being able to see the forest for the trees.



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