Pictures from California

CALIFORNIA MISSION TRAIL

Follow the Footsteps of History Across California

Led by:

The Rev. Patrick Skutch and Ms. Kathryn Johnson
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church
Atlanta, GA

June 10 - 20, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - Our pilgrimage begins as we board Delta Airlines 1041 out of Atlanta at 10:50 AM.  We will arrive in San Diego at 12:21 PM.  Upon arrival in San Diego we will meet our driver.  We continue on to Balboa Park, one of the city's most famous and beautiful attractions.  Established in 1868 and covering 1400 acres, it is the oldest and one of the largest city parks in the country, and it features seven museums along its main drive and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.  We will visit the San Diego Zoo, home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies.  The San Diego Zoo is a world famous conservation organization where visitors view exotic animals in habitat environments. We will view rare giant pandas, cuddly looking koalas, reptiles of various shapes and sizes and many more interesting species.  Overnight San Diego. FD

DAY 2: Thursday, June 11, 2009 - Today we visit Presidio Park, called the "Plymouth Rock of the Pacific."  We will visit Junipero Serra Museum which overlooks the spot where Father Junipero Serra established California's first mission in 1769.  Our journey continues through Mission Bay, a beautiful 4600 acre aquatic playground with miles of sandy beaches, rolling park lands and shore side resorts.  We continue on to visit the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the "Mother of the California Missions", the first of 21 missions founded by Father Serra.  Overnight San Diego. LD

DAY 3: Friday, June 12, 2009 - This morning we travel north to visit Mission San Luis Rey, "the King of the Missions."  Located a few miles inland and founded in 1798, it is the largest of the Spanish missions and is one of the most impressive architecturally.  We continue traveling North this afternoon to the mission city of San Juan Capistrano, where legend has it that flocks of swallows arrive promptly on March 19th and depart on October 23rd each year, the date of the death of the patron saint of the mission, St. John of Capistrano.  The Mission was built in 1776 and is a living example of Spanish and early California history.  "The Jewel of the Missions, is known throughout the world and is one of California's most treasured historic, religious, and cultural landmarks.  This afternoon we visit the Getty Museum.  We will take a drive/walk down Rodeo Drive (pending confirmation that the bus may travel on Rodeo Drive) and have dinner in Los Angeles perhaps at Hard Rock Café.  Overnight Los Angeles area. BLD

DAY 4: Saturday, june 13, 2009 - This morning we will visit the Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, established in 1797.  The mission was destroyed several times but was always faithfully rebuilt with low buildings surrounding grassy courtyards.  The Convento, a 250 foot long colonnaded wing dating from 1810, is the mission's oldest remaining structure.  As part of his United States tour, Pope John Paul II visited the mission's exquisitely kept gardens, fountain and museum in September 1987.  We continue traveling north through the San Fernando Valley to visit Mission Santa Barbara founded in 1786 is still inhabited by Franciscan friars.  It was the tenth of the California Missions.  Its beautiful setting, unique twin bell towers, and lovely facade have earned it the title, "Queen of the Missions."  Its architectural design, differing from the standard mission simplicity, incorporates many Moorish and classical elements.  Santa Barbara's residents embraced the church's distinctive look as the town grew in the 1920's and 1930's and incorporated red roof tiles, thick stucco walls, arches and outdoor arcades into the design of the town's new buildings.  Overnight Solvang/Buelton area. BLD

DAY 5: Sunday, June 14, 2009 - This morning we explore Solvang, better known as "Little Denmark", a charming village which has developed into a veritable corner of Denmark itself.  Its Danish heritage is preserved architecturally with authentic windmills, gas streetlights, and thatched roofs.  We continue on to visit the Mission Santa Ines, founded in 1804.  It is a perfectly restored Mission and is the oldest structure in the area. The main building contains early Native American artifacts and relics once belonging to the missionaries.  Like many other missions, Santa Ines maintains an active congregation.  Now on to Mission La Purisma Concepcion de Maria Santisima, founded in 1787.  Reconstructed in its still-rural setting, it is the most extensively rebuilt of the mission chain.  The mission's open arrangement is unusual, varying from standard "quadrangle" around a large inner yard.  Overnight Grover Beach. BLD

DAY 6: Monday, June 15, 2009 - Morning visit to the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, (pending confirmation, we will celebrate Eucharist) founded in 1772 and California's fifth mission.  It is often called "the Prince of Missions," and it remains one of the prettiest and most interesting in the Franciscan chain.  The red-tiled roof was first used here after the original thatched roofs repeatedly fell to hostile Native American's burning arrows.  The former padres' quarters is an excellent museum chronicling both Native American and missionary life through all eras of the mission's use.  We continue on to the magnificent Hearst Castle, built by newspaper tycoon William Hearst.  Its 123 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and luxurious guest houses provide an ornate setting for the hundred room mansion where heads of state, motion picture stars and other international celebrities were entertained.  We continue driving North on a cliff-hanging highway along the overwhelmingly beautiful Big Sur coastline.  California's scenic highway is one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world.  Overnight Salinas. BLD

DAY 7: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - This morning we will visit Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, the final resting place of Father Serra.  It was founded in 1770 and is one of the original 13 Spanish missions in California and considered to be one of the state's most outstanding historic monuments.  The dome, bell towers and exterior have Moorish influence.  We continue on to Carmel Beach where we will enjoy a picnic lunch and some time to reflect and enjoy the beach.  Overnight Salinas. BLD

DAY 8: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - This morning we say "goodbye" to Salinas.  We continue on to Mission San Juan Bautita founded in 1797 and is the largest church in the mission chain and the only one still in service since its founding.  The church's altar inspired many Native American's to convert which resulted in one of the largest congregations in California.  We continue on to San Francisco where we will help serve dinner in a Soup Kitchen.  Overnight San Francisco. BLD

DAY 9: Thursday, June 18, 2009 - This morning we will visit Alcatraz Island (“The Rock”), used as a federal maximum security prison from 1934 - 1963.  We will explore the remnants of the Prison; learn about the Indian occupation of 1969 - 1971, the early military fortifications and the west coast's first lighthouse.  We continue on to St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, an alternative Episcopal Church.  Their worship involves dancing, congregational comment on the sermon and participation in the prayers, African vestments and instruments.  We will explore the art and architecture of the building.  The art features 90 dancing saints on the walls and artifacts of numerous religions to make all feel welcome.  After lunch we continue on to Grace Cathedral where we will walk the indoor Labyrinth.  Time and weather permitting we will also walk the outdoor Labyrinth.  We will join the congregation for Evening Prayer at 5:15 PM at Grace Cathedral.  Overnight San Francisco. BLD

DAY 10: Friday, June 19, 2009 - This morning we visit San Francisco de Asis, Mission Dolores set on the site selected by Juan Bautista de Anza.  The first mission church was a 50 foot log and mud structure that was eventually moved to higher ground, adjacent to Lake Dolores.  The mission sits in the heart of San Francisco, it is the oldest building in the city and was dedicated to Saint Francis by Father Serra in 1776.  Most of the original church interior is still intact and the colorful wall paintings are good examples of early California art.  We continue on to Muir Woods, a national monument featuring ancient and towering redwood trees.  The rest of the afternoon we will have time to explore on our own in small groups at Fisherman's Wharf.  We will enjoy a "farewell to California" dinner prior to boarding our overnight flight home.  Our flight this evening is on Delta Airlines 1074 departing San Francisco at 11:00 PM. B

DAY 10: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - We arrive in back in Atlanta at 6:37 AM.  We return home taking with us memories that will last a lifetime. B

Price: $$2,839.00  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Atlanta, GA.  Air transportation available from other cities.

Final Payment due by March 11, 2009.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ September 15, 2008 – April 9, 2009 - $609.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 10, 2009 – April 24, 2009 - $709.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 25, 2009 :  NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, F Food/Beverages for purchase on airline

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.