Sometimes it pays to be lucky. I was traversing the road that passes thru Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Mission (Our Lady of Solitude)on the way home from a long weekend in Cambria when we spotted the sign for the Mission and so we went for the visit.
From the highway, we passed thru agricultural lands, but the Mission wasn't that far from the highway. This one is simple compared to the ones I have visited so far.
3 miles west of the town of Soledad and 25 miles south of Salinas in Monterey County.
1791 - October 9, founded by Lasuen, 13th mission. Named for Our Lady of Solitude.
1797 - First church (thatch-roofed adobe) completed.
1805 - Enlarged.
1831 - Collapsed.
1834 - Secularized.
1846 - Sold.
1859 - Returned to church.
1963 - Padres' wing restored.
1964 - Chapel restored
Getting ready for planting?
In the back of the chapel is a courtyard with olive trees and this fountain. It wasn't operational when we were there.
He's checking the olives.