It is difficult for me to believe that I have been to the Bay Area almost twenty times in my life, and yet, this was my first visit to the city's oldest structure, a location made even more famous by its inclusion in one of my all-time favorite Alfred Hitchcock films, Vertigo.
Inside, the proof is made even more crystal clear.
Without going into too much detail about the alter and its iconography, I can say that much is being said in this one that is rather atypical. Since I am such a plant and animal nut, it was really great to see such a formal alter for St Francis and all that he stood for in his work.
Beside the mission church is the larger, more modern, Basilica. Seeing its main alter decked out with garlands of blooms and tons of flowers flooded me with memories. It also allowed me to show my husband where my penchant for springtime pagan-like bloom worship sprung from.
I really liked this stone seat. Its permanence is unquestionable.
|I loved the casual feel here. The stepping stones, Sedum and hose make this feel so much like a garden.|
This is the grave of the first mayor of San Francisco—though he was called an Alcalde and the city was then still Yerba Buena. Kit Carson shot and killed his twin sons and their distant cousin in 1846 near San Rafael when told to do so by John C. Frémont. This was just a few weeks after Basil's death, after they'd attacked and killed the wrong Native Americans to avenge the death in Oregon, and after they must have realized they'd been tracked by Modoc paid by the Mexican Government who'd been tracking them from their encampment near Monterey as they'd headed north of the border for safety.
So enough about all of that for now, you soon will be seeing more of Frémont as he has so many native plants that have his name attached to them. I just have to add this stuff because it is so much a part of why both my husband and I love where we live, between both the Pacific Northwest and California.
So the next time you find yourself in San Francisco, I invite you to sit and stay awhile. Meditate a bit and transport yourself back in time to a California before the Gold Rush, to a time when it was part of Mexico.
Mission San Francisco de Asís or Mission Dolores