Royal Presidio Chapel – Monterey, California #2

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s rental property in Wimer, Oregon. Mary and I are busy buying lots of items associated with the construction of her rental property here. My military discount has saved her $1,700 in three days of shopping…more shopping today.

Change of plans…

2015 is proving to be an overwhelming year for Mary. Her to-do plate is overflowing. Among the many things requiring her time is the completion of construction of a rental property in Wimer (13 miles north of Rogue River), Oregon.

Mary arrived here four days ago here for a few days of hands-on involvement, then will return home to continue dealing with her over-flowing plate.

I’m here until Friday after which I’ll head for the Oregon Pacific Coast for about a six-week visit and then into the State of Washington for the summer. My primary goals are to stay in 65-75 degree weather and take maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership.

We are now hoping for Mary to rejoin me on the road sometime after July 4th. Our planned trip to Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming will hopefully now occur after the Labor Day holiday.

Recently I spent several days in Monterey…an area rich in beautiful scenery and history. A bonanza for a travel blogger! I ended up with 17 blog titles and 628 photos which I’ll present through about May 15th.

Today’s subject – Royal Presido Chapel aka San Carlos Cathedral…

San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770, on the shores of Monterey Bay, as the cornerstone of his Mission. A year later, Fr. Serra moved the Mission to Carmel. The church remained as a Royal Chapel for the soldiers guarding the new Spanish Presidio of Monterey. The present sandstone church was completed in 1794.

The significance of San Carlos cannot be overstated. It is the oldest continuously functioning church and the first stone building in the State of California. It is California’s first cathedral and stands for the birth of Carmel Mission and Monterey, the first capital of California.

The exquisite Spanish Colonial style, the masterful stone facade and the Moorish influence make the Royal Presidio Chapel a true jewel of architecture, unmatched by any of the California Missions. The beautiful portals, carved in sandstone with a fine molding and ornamental arches, are also unique. The niche at the very top of the facade contains a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and is the oldest non-indigenous sculpture in the State. Elevated to the status of cathedral in 1849, San Carlos is one of California’s exceptional historic monuments.

This National Historic Landmark and cornerstone of Monterey is adjacent to Lake El Estero and within walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf. Visitors and pilgrims from around the world visit the Royal Chapel, which stands as a legacy of faith and a living chronicle to our local, state and national history

In the below Google Earth image, the yellow “X” marks the location of the Royal Presidio Chapel…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…


















This concludes the Royal Presidio Chapel photo set.

You can read all about the Royal Presidio Chapel by clicking this Wikipedia link…

You can read all about Monterey, California by clicking this Wikipedia link…,_California

Tomorrow we will continue with more of the beautiful scenery and history that is part of Monterey, California!


Yesterday was cloudy with showers and 60 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with showers and 67 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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