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    Easter Lily Cactus

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 7, 2015

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    Favorite thing: This is called a Easter lily cactus, but its offical name is Echinopsis, yet there are over 100 species of treelike to sphere or ball cacti. These are at the entrance into the musuem. So watch your little ones since they are covered in sharp needles. Yet, these have beautiful blooms.

    There is another little garden sanctuary on the left of the chapel. It has some other wonderful garden cacti.

    23013 Hwy 79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
    760-765-0810
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    Santa Ysabel Asistencia Bells

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 7, 2015

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    Favorite thing: The story of the "Mystery of the Lost Bells" is interesing. Two bells, the oldest in Alta California, were purchased in 1846 from Missión Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó (Our Lady of Loreto) in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in exchange for six burro loads of barley and wheat. The bells were inscribed: "N.S. De Loreto 1723" and "San Pedro 1767." After the Mission began to deteriorate in the 1830s, and the bells were hoisted onto the yoke shown in the photograph at right. On a summer night, in 1926, the bells disappeared, apparently stolen. The day after they disappeared, a local named Jose Maria Osuna found the clappers (bell ringers) and took them home for safekeeping. After Osuna's death, the clappers were passed down to others, until they were eventually returned to the Mission in 1959. In 1966, a remnant of one of the bells was discovered; details regarding where and how it was found have never been revealed. In 1993, a local molder named Ed Schwaesdall and his son John struck a new bell (made mostly of brass and copper) and donated it to the Mission in honor of the installation's 175th anniversary.(http://www.missiontrailtoday.com/code/mission01a.htm)

    23013 Hwy 79, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
    760-765-0810
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    Fondest memory: The bell rope is obviously not hidden or under lock and key. I noticed the bell rope, so I pulled it because I wanted to hear the lovely bell ring. To my sister and brother-in-law surprise, I gave the bell rope a good pull. So hence the bell rung, but what came after that was so lovely. The original bell rung and this began a serious of electronic bells that rang a long time. Wow, it was loud....LOL! I thought my sister was going to die. There was no sign that said don't touch or off limits. So if you a kid at heart, why not.

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    Safety First!

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of this area was the beautiful forest surrounding everything, including the road up to Santa Ysabel. However, when anyone has been careless with their campfires or matches or cigarettes, this area can be devastated.

    In the last five years this has happened on a huge scale twice! In 2003 a fire treatened this area and damaged quite a bit of forest land. Again in 2007 another fire came along.

    The photo here shows a small area that was burned in 2003. It was taken, not in the dead of winter when all the leaves have fallen from their branches off these trees, but in the early summer.

    Four years after the fire, plants are beginning to reestablish the area, but those trees damaged by the fires will mostly never come back and it is a sad sight. Just across the road from the lake the whole hillside is nothing but burned trees.

    This year, fires threatened this area again and I haven't yet seen the damage, it will surely be just as sad. So, if you do come up this way, be careful and help preserve what is still there.

    Four years after the fire.
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    An Active Parish

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 7, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Mission Santa Ysabel is still an active parish. I haven't been up this way for Mass in quite a while, but think it's worth a visit while in the area.

    Fondest memory: Every year I'd bring my sons up here to buy their Halloween pumpkins at the Manzanitas Ranch. With the special whiff of fall in the air we'd wander through the various sections of the Manzanitas Ranch road-side market and choose homemade products such as honey or jams as well as the biggest pumpkins we could find.

    Then we'd stop at the Mission for a bit.

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