As we were driving away from Solvang which we visited during our camping trip to Gaviota State Beach, we decided to return to the campsite via Lompoc and spend an hour touring Mission La Purisima. Because it is now preserved as a California state park, it has remained as one of the few mission that still reflects much of the way of life in the early missions where priests, native Americans, and Spanish soldiers all lived within the mission compound.
We slowly strolled through the buildings and around the mission grounds since we did not have any fixed schedule we were required to keep other than exiting when the park closed.
the simple paintings and decor in the chapel
Of course I was fascinated with the old spinning wheel. The spinner/weaver lived a simple life.
I was suprised to learn a few months ago that wild mustard is NOT a California native plant. It grows everywhere so I assumed that it was native to our mediterranean flora. If my source is correct, the wild mustard was first introduced to California Alta by the Spanish padres who sprinkled the seeds along El Camino Real, the road one traveled from mission to mission from San Diego to Sonoma, so it would be easier to follow the trail and not stray and become lost.
Here the wild mustard thrives on the grounds of La Purisima
marking both sides of El Camino Real.