March 2017 - San Luis Obispo CA
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This active mission is in the heart of the town of San Luis Obispo, giving it a very lively and vibrant feeling.
We enter from the back. for once there isn't an entrance fee and there is a lovely gift shop. There is much parking space so you may have to find a metered spot on a surrounding street.
We then tour the museum which is well done outlining the history of the area.
Depicts how the dining room in the priest’s quarters might have looked in the 1920s.
Let's go outside to the garden.
We head out to the front of the church.
In 2005 the Mission put five new bells into service. They are shown here (starting from the left in this picture – note that the bell names are in honor of the first five Missions)…
Carlos (D-Pitch 26.56″ diameter 429 pounds)
Diego (B-Pitch 31.25″ diameter 748 pounds)
Antonio (E-Pitch 23.63″ diameter 297 pounds)
Gabriel (F#-Pitch 21.5″ diameter 224 pounds)
Luis (A-Pitch 19.75″ diameter 158 pounds)
We were lucky enough to be here at noon for the Angelus.
Today, the only bears remaining near Mission San Luis Obispo are the friendly bronze sculptures dabbing their paws in the plaza fountain.