Mission Santa Barbara is one of those Franciscan Missions you learned about in school – I’m guessing fifth grade, the big learning-about-all-the-states year.

Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen raised the cross here on December 4, 1786. The original purpose was to reach the Chumash Indians. Then later the Mexicans took back the mission and secularized it. But then the Franciscans gained control again.

Ok, if you really want to know the history of the mission, you can check it on the web.

One of the most interesting sites at the mission was the Australian Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Sometimes trees are fascinating, you know?

Here are some pictures of the mission.

Well, except for the crepe – that has nothing to do with the mission.

I won’t mention the name of the place where we went for supper the night before. Their specialty was crepes and being someone who likes crepes (I make them myself, in fact), I thought it would be good.


The vegetables tasted like they were straight from a can and overcooked. (Later looking at reviews of the place on the web, I discovered we weren’t the only ones disappointed.)

One indication that this wasn’t the best place around was when they couldn’t give me change because “we haven’t done much business today.”

Oh, well – one bad vacation choice among many good ones.

Back to the mission and the cool Australian tree. (By the way, we were actually at the mission twice that day – once before the “marine layer” lifted and the other after. Can you tell which of the mission pictures was taken when?)

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