I loved this mission. It's in a beautiful spot in the Salinas Valley. Their site says they only get about 1,000 visitor a year which is puzzling because they are close to 101. Back in mission days it was out of the way, and had high turnover. It went to rubble, and restoration didn't start until the fifties.
I like how it is unadorned. The sole volunteer around came out and gave us a friendly, entertaining greeting. Someone should visit the missions and tell the stories of the volunteers. Somehow they staff Soledad seven days a week. There's a fragrant lemon tree at the visitor's entry.
|They think this pomegranate design|
may be like the original
|Milagros pinned by parishioners|
|The grove of olive trees was started with a cutting from Misson La Purissima in Lompoc. They use the oil for sacraments.|