The second stage, or South Ride is planned for mid-August 2013. This will continue from Mission San Miguel Arcángel to their final destination of San Diego de Alcala.
This is a unique historic journey with a purpose. To conduct a modern day expedition of California on horseback by tracing the mission trail, explore the influence of the missions on the past and the future, and delve into the history of the Indians from mission days to the present.
The crew will document their trip with the ultimate goal of producing a documentary to enhance the study of California history for fourth grade students.
The California Mission Ride endorses the goals of The California Missions Foundation, which was established in 1998 to preserve and protect the missions of California. As the Foundation notes, it is “the only organization dedicated to the long-term preservation and restoration needs of all California missions and their associated historic and cultural resources for public benefit.”
left the Cathedral on its way to Fisherman’s Wharf
to bless the fishing fleet.
greeted us and gave a blessing
over Gwyneth, Daisy, Tahoe and Trigger.
The pair are reminiscent of the rides
of don Quixote and Sancho.
“quite obedient, Trigger, not so much.”
But look at that face!
Daisy and Trigger shared many nuzzles and were obviously very simpatico. I didn’t think he was fat.
After Tahoe and Trigger feasted on the Cathedral lawn (a turf banquet they were kick out of my alma mater SCU for a few days earlier) we were joined by Dr. Ruben Mendoza, who led the archaeological research team during the conservation and restoration of the Royal Presidio Chapel between 2007-2008. His team discovered the original Serra Chapels of 1770 and 1772.
of the California State University, Monterey Bay.
Dr. Ruben Mendoza conducted a fascinating 90 minute tour of the grounds and interior of the Royal Presidio Chapel and the Heritage Museum, home to numerous artifacts from early mission days, discovered during the restoration in 2007.
San Carlos Cathedral
500 Church Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Saturday (Sunday Vigil) 4:00PM
Sunday 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 12Noon, 5:30PM
Monday through Friday 7:45AM & 12:15PM (Except holidays)
No charge for admission
Friday 10AM – 3PM
Saturday 10AM – 2PM
Sunday 1PM – 3PM
2nd and 4th Mondays 10AM – 12 Noon
& 1:15PM – 3PM
California Mission Ride