Mission San Francisco Solano

Waxing Crescent Moon

Sonoma CA is home to the northernmost of California’s twenty-one Missions. This one is called Mission San Francisco Solano. 

I am not going to re-tell the history of these places in this blog. There is plenty of information on the internet and in history books. So I’ll leave that up to you if you’re interested in learning more. I will just post a few pictures and make random observations like I usually do. 

Mostly, what I like about these places is contemplative in nature. They are great places to sit and watch whatever comes into view. I like that.

Right next to the Mission is the Sonoma City Hall and town square. The famous California Bear Flag was first hoisted here, signaling big changes to come in the shotcalling arena. Statehood, In and Out Burgers, wine tasting tours, and traffic jams were soon to follow.

I really like this little fountain in front of the City Hall.

Since I already stopped at Mission San Rafael Arcangel, the next one on my trip home will be Mission Dolores in San Francisco. I don’t recall ever visiting that one before, so I am looking forward to seeing it soon.

I highly recommend this lovely northern Cali town for a day trip. Great vibe. Beautifully cared for. Bring wads o’ cash, though, it ain’t cheap!

Note: Let it be known that I am feeling very tired at this point. Mentally, I may have lost a little zip when I finally reached the ocean. My walk to Petaluma today felt like a chore. 

I may need to modify this Mission Walk idea a little bit, especially in the bottleneck Bay Area coming up. When necessary, I might jump on BART to reduce my daily mileage to something manageable. I am thinking about limiting myself to 15 or 16 miles per day for a while to see if I perk up. I’m still going to go to each Mission, but I won’t walk every step of the way. I’m ready to go home pretty soon.

Peace, Love, and Adios Sonoma,


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