We have been listening to a podcast about California history, and Mission San Miguel came highly recommended. So we were excited to make this our 4th Mission visit on our quest to see all 21 California Missions. K was sleeping when we arrived, so we made this a mother-daughter visit while Chris stayed in the car with him.
The courtyard when you first walk in is filled with old stone ovens, grist mills, and many antiques I couldn’t identify.
Once we passed through the gift shop, we had a look at the inner courtyard. It was very beautiful and green and had noticeably more lawn then we’ve seen at other Missions. I’m sure it’s not very drought friendly, but I wonder if they keep it this way because they still keep livestock? We did spot some chickens in a mesh enclosure just to the right of this photo.
The museum had a replica kitchen complete with a stone oven and dried herbs hanging from the ceiling. HJ listened to me point things out in this room and was able to identify the other ovens scattered across the property.
There are three bells in the bell tower, and HJ doesn’t think it’s fair that only the padres get to ring them.
The chapel is ornately painted and has an especially beautiful raised pulpit with a dove hanging above. The center of the altar displays the “All Seeing Eye of God.”
When you exit the chapel, the sign will ask you to close the door tightly. I recommend only touching the handle because I got a gigantic splinter by touching the door itself.
After we took the tour, we still had to visit the horses we’d seen! There were two mommies with babies in a large enclosure next to the Mission.
It’s an easy Mission to visit since it’s just off Highway 101. The town of San Miguel is tiny, less then 3000 people, but that makes the volunteers who run the museum even more impressive!