The Alamo and More

One cannot go to San Antonio and not go to the Alamo. In fact, it’s the most visited tourist site in the state of Texas.

If the Alamo is old, then the Pearl is new (although it’s built at the site of an old brewery). Fortunately we were there on a Saturday and could enjoy the extensive Farmer’s Market.

The weather had warmed up enough on Saturday that we didn’t mind standing outside in front of the San Fernando Cathedral to watch a spectacular 24-minute light show at night. It’s hard to describe it, but you can check out this youtube video to get an idea.

Our AirBnB was close to the Hays Street Bridge which we used to get into town.

Hays Street Bridge

It’s from this bridge that you can get this view of the downtown skyline.

San Antonio Skyline


Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano plantSan Juan Capistrano is a good half-way point to meet up with friends who now live in San Diego. On a Sunday in good traffic, it takes about an hour to drive there from Claremont. The train from San Diego takes about 90 minutes.

Without much of an agenda except to catch up, we wandered the Mission, cameras in hand and enjoyed the photogenic gardens, ruins, and reconstructed buildings.

March 19 is the traditional day that the swallows return, so all we saw in the skies were clouds.



Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday, the Claremont UCC was filled with parishioners, visitors along with some barking and a little mewing. It was the second time animals have been invited into the sanctuary, with individual blessing bestowed after the service.

Not only did people bring their pets, but there were also rescue animals available for immediate adoption (including two cats, not pictured).


ReForm Arts Festival

IMG_7222 copyThe new Arts Guild at Claremont UCC hosted their first event on Saturday. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Arts Festival theme of ReForm showcased local visual art as well as performing arts.





Martin Luther himself (and looking pretty good for being over 500 years old) showed up and marveled at all the changes in the church since his time.

Visual art ran the gamut from paintings, to sculpture and pottery, a mobile, and fabric arts.

Performances ranged from organ music to dance to a short story reading, piano improvisation and poetry reading (accompanied by recorder).


September 2017 Photo Round-Up

Walker Wall at Pomona College started out completely whitewashed, ready for new news. I don’t think that Banksy really Wuz Here, though.

Art at the Last Drop Cafe

Last Drop Cafe

Another Little Free Library popped up on 10th Street.

Claremont Little Free Library

Claremont UCC celebrated 23 years of becoming an Open and Affirming Congregation.

Claremont UCC

Rocco the Raccoon at Trader Joe’s is already showing of his Halloween Costume.

Rocco Raccoon

We’ve had lots of construction on the streets lately.


And a cloud photo, just because.

Claremont Depot

Sanctuary Coffee

IMG_6007There’s a new coffee shop in town, so that means it needed to be checked out, of course. The Courier had a nice write-up about Sanctuary Coffee on Foothill across from Stater Bros. This non-profit venture donates all of its earnings to charity, including Inland Valley Hope Partners.

I had never been in the building before, when it was a clothing consignment shop, so I have no before photos, but the space inside is so welcoming, that you will probably enjoy these after photos.

Nice places to sit – inside and out.

Art on the walls.

The coffee was pretty good, too!