La Purisima Mission on the outskirts of present day Lompoc, CA, offers a wealth of riding trails and occasional glimpses of the past in the form of preserved buildings that date to the days of the California Missions.
Nine riders assembled on a breezy day with hot sunshine, a fine combination for a stroll past the Mission grounds, up the central valley to the Mesa and then back down through sandy trails.
Sometimes the trail passes through ancient oak forests, hung with Spanish moss and sentinel to the passage of time.
Up the road to the Mesa, traveling at 3MPH, the speed of the Mission Days.
Overhead a kettle of vultures circled.
Not sure where there might have been something dead.... and we did NOT slow down.
We descended from the Mesa on the sandy trails through the chaparral, very dry now, encouraging the animals to maintain social distancing so as not to choke on the airborne dust.
And, as is my habit and pleasure, I took portraits of everyone who participated.
"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
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