We did the Gaviota Peak Overlook hike in Gaviota State Park nearby and enjoyed some really nice views of the area:
|a painter is refreshing a mural of the Chumash Indians|
|this coyote posed for me just outside of Lompoc|
Ten of it's original buildings were fully restored by the CCC in the early 1940's and authentically refurnished.
You can wander the buildings and grounds for hours and/or hike on some of the 25 miles of hiking trails.
|the top bell was made from wood before the mission could afford metal bells|
|Mike and I hiking on the mission property are looking down on the mission roofs....|
|we did not realize this whole area is sand dunes and the hiking was challenging in many places!|
|beautiful manzanita forests|
|the two main buildings of the mission|
|fountain detail from the laundry "pool"|
|the padres business office|
the Chumash Indians were taught how to weave rugs which were used in the mission and sold for income
|the main church|