Sunday, April 29, 2012

Natural Wonders

"It's open," said the Husband.

Fortunately, a parking space was available right in front of Natural Wonders, the new health food store and deli in San Juan Bautista.  Ever since we saw its sign go up months ago, we were looking forward to its opening. And just like that, the business was up and running.

The lovely owner, Alma Paulk, happened to be in the store and told us they'd been open for a couple of weeks. She's gradually adding inventory to the beautiful tall and narrow shelves. What she already has stocked is awesome. Manuka honey and organic emu oil, for instance, are what I bought. Both items I would have had to go online or drive to the outer world to purchase. The convenience of Natural Wonders will be nice. Not to say Alma's knowledge about the products.

Along with natural and organic ointments, lotions, supplements, and such, Natural Wonders sells teas, flours,  spices, chips, and other packaged food items. It also offers coffee, juices, freshly baked goods, soup, and sandwiches. The store was grilling organic chicken on their deck for enchiladas. Speaking of the deck. It looks like a great place to hang out. The breeze through the redwood tree branches was very refreshing.

Natural Wonders is located at 215 Third Street, between the Mission Clocks and Watches and the Daisy Saloon. 

A note to the FTC: I was not paid or received anything for free to write about this neat new business. Nope, not at all. Unless, you want to count the information Alma gave me about Manuka honey and emu oil.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Old fence. New fence.

That's the view from the parking lot of Pacific Harvest Seafoods in San Juan Bautista.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How Green is Our Valley

Did anyone else think it took quite a long while for the hills and mountains surrounding Hollister to turn really, really green? I'm glad it finally did. As they say, better late, than never.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


This is another view from the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. If you can repeat that several times as you climb up the trail, without breathing too awful hard, you're in pretty good shape, I say.

I also say that every day is Earth Day.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Alfred Hitchcock filmed some scenes of his film Vertigo in San Juan Bautista. The movie came out in 1958 and starred James Stewart and Kim Novak. What I liked most about the movie was seeing how places looked in San Francisco and Monterey back then. Check out this link for a clip of Vertigo.

If you happen to go through the museum  of Mission San Juan Bautista, you'll find that display of Hitchcock in the room shown below.  By the way, if you want a place to rest your feet as you sip a cup of tea or coffee in San Juan Bautista, check out Vertigo Coffee.



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