California was originally colonized by Spain. First came explorers, then came the soldiers, and not far behind the soldiers came the missionaries. The first group of of soldiers accompanied by Franciscan missionaries came to Alta California (the part above Mexico) in 1769. The priests were led by Father Junipero Serra, now known as the father of California missions. I live very close to two of those missions, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. In this gallery I will focus on Mission San Miguel.
Unlike some of the California missions I have visited, Mission San Miguel Archangel is a very peaceful place. Although it’s very close to Highway 101, visitors hardly notice the freeway. I did not notice any commercial areas next to the mission.
In this gallery I will show you some of my favorite photos of Mission San Miguel. I took all of them and they may not be used without my written permission by anyone else.