Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is in the Salinas Valley near Soledad, in central Monterey County, California. The mission was founded on October 9, 1791 for the increasing settlement of upper Las Californias Province of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, and for the Indian Reductions to convert the Native Americans living in the area. It was the thirteenth of the Spanish missions founded by the Franciscan Order..

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

One of the smaller California Missions that I’ve visited is in a little town off of Highway 101.   It can be found amid a number of farms in the small town of Soledad.     There isn’t a lot to Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, but it is…

Mission San Juan Bautista was founded on June 24, 1797 in what is now the San Juan Bautista Historic District of San Juan Bautista, California.  Mission San Juan Bautista is the largest of the Spanish missions in California.[9] The mission was used in the 1958 Hitchcock film Vertigo, but the bell-wall was treated as a "bell tower" staircase, actually constructed on a studio lot.

Mission San Juan Bautista

One of the best California Missions I’ve gone too so far is the Mission San Juan Bautista. The full name is The Mission of the Glorious Precursor of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Saint John the Baptist.  What makes this a good place to visit is that in addition to the…

Museum of American Heritage, Palo Alto, photo Ed Bierman

Visit to the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto

About a week ago, I visited the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto. It is a beautiful 1907 home of Dr. Thomas Williams who lived and worked there in his private medical practice until his death. Dr Williams is noted for having one of the first doctors office in…

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Monterey Diving Day – March 25, 2016

It was another “just ok” day of diving for 2016 with low visibility about the Beach Hooper II in Monterey on Friday, 3/25.    It hasn’t been that spectacular for me this year so far for diving.  Others tell me about great diving days but I haven’t hit a good…

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My Samsung VR Gear Review

The Samsung VR Gear by Occulus Rift came out at the end of 2015 and I’ve had mine now for a couple of months. I thought in this post that I would do a little review of the product and give you my impressions of it. In short, they are pretty…

Monterey Marine Life

Monterey Diving, December 27, 2015

I was invited by my friend and dive buddy, Maureen, for a late year dive aboard the Beachhopper II. The weather looked good, and we thought we would make it to Carmel, but it wasn’t meant to be. The wind and waves just wouldn’t let us go around the corner…

Scuba Diving - Cabezon (scorpaenichyths marmoratus)

Carmel Scuba Diving on November 22, 2015

On November 22, I did two dives on board the Sanctuary. The scuba diving was really good this day with 40+ feet of visibility on the first dive and a number of great fish seen like cabezon and lingcod. The cabezon is seen swimming away and then back to the…

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HTML5 and Software/Plug-in Recommendations

Over the past week, I’ve been watching the Lynda.com course on HTML5: Structure, Syntax, and Semantics with James Williamson which I’ve found to be a wonderful tutorial.  I know that HTML5 was finalized and published last year but I don’t always have a lot of time to keep up with things and so…

Bucket of Blood, Virginia City, NV outdoor sign

Virginia City, Nevada

Over the Halloween weekend, Margaret and I went to Reno for to enjoy some parties and to hang-out with friends.   On Saturday, we took a drive to Virginia City, Nevada which is about 30-miles from Reno up a long and twisting road.  The view was spectacular from the top of…

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2015 NCRD Diving Trip – Channel Islands

Here is a summary of my NCRD Rainbow Divers trip to the Channel Islands in September.  Another fine 3 days of diving aboard the Vision with diving friends for the club.  The weather was sunny and the water was really warm averaging 72 degrees even at depth.  I could have…

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