A fine day to climb to the higher Burton Mesa area of La Misión de La Purísima Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María. From there we had a view of the entire Lompoc Valley.
We started by walking up the central valley of the lower Mission acres, before going off onto the trails. Eventually we covered 6.31 miles in 2:20 hours.
The dirt access road still has the system of stone cisterns alongside that were used to bring water down from a spring to the main Mission buildings.
Today with the cheerful bright sunny day it was still eerie to see all the Spanish moss draping the trees.
The trails are overgrown, but we cheerfully bashed our way through them, knowing full well that we could be knocking ticks down on ourselves.
I'm quite sure that after a couple of weeks just hanging around his paddock Tobe Mule is as happy as I am to be out in the landscape.
Once there I asked all the gals to line up their animals for souvenir photos. Always a nice memory to share.
Jamie Buse on Mosca the Thoroughbred
Jo Benko on JohnBoy Mule
Lisa Bullock on Shameless the Rocky Mountain Horse
Nancy Moore on Jugueton the Paso Fino
Stormy Knight on Pico the Performance Arabian
Bunnie Dunstone on Greter, 3/4 Arab and 1/4 Quarter Horse
Deborah Thorsen on Carbon Del Peru the Peruvian Paso
and of course
Pat Fish on Tobe the Rocky Mountain Mule
Then it was time to head down the trail towards the rigs and home.
This landscape was once teeming with the padres and their congregants, the captured local Chumash Indians. Now only their ghosts remain, and we are free to explore the chaparral and the views.
" Stick to your dreams
and determine that you're going to make them come true."
- Ronald Reagan
- Ronald Reagan
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