Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The last part of the trip...

So the 5th day (the day before we left for home) we decided to finally visit Santa Barbara. We first stopped off at the Painted Caves where the Chumash Indians had...painted some caves...haha! It was a beautiful drive up the mountain on a narrow winding road...

We wished we could have seen it up close, but due to graffiti, it had been closed off by a gridiron door...it was really interesting though...

I think this was the only groupshot of all the kids...minus Jacob...


We also stopped by the Santa Barbara Mission! Jeff and I really enjoyed learning about all that happened there. It's actually still used today as a church, but when we went we were able to take a tour and see a ton of artifacts and a read a lot of information about the history of this mission...
I really liked this fountain...it was built in the 1800's
This is a statue of Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen who founded the mission in 1786
Cute photo op:

This is the graveyard where more than 4000 indians are buried as well as some of the clergy...
Huge-est tree ever...in the graveyard...
The skull and crossbones were there to let you know you were entering the graveyard
The chapel was absolutely gorgeous...high, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, huge paintings on the walls...
There were some statues at the back of the chapel, and I really liked these ones of Christ and Mary Magdalene after he was resurrected...
There was also a sacred garden, a bunch of different rooms holding artifacts of the clergy and the building of the mission and the lifestyle of the indians and the church. It was really, really...awesome.

And after that we went into Santa Barbara and ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant...it was SOOOO good. We did a little walking and looked in a few shops, but mostly enjoyed the atmosphere.

This trip was so much fun! I especially liked spending time with family and enjoying the beautiful weather and the beach. It was wonderful to have experienced so many new things, and I can't wait to go back someday...hopefully soon :)

1 comment:

Noelle @ Mesa AZ Photography said...

I like those statues too. Glad you had such a good time.