Category: Built to Last

Mission ControlCarmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the fourteenth installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. I had some technical difficulties with the site this week, so Mission Monday couldn’t happen on Monday—but… More

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On the banksNear Old Town, FL

Suwannee River sketch by Chandler O'Leary

When Mary-Alice and I hatched our Florida trip earlier this year, I made a point of not planning any destinations ahead of time. I wanted to be surprised by what we found along the road. One of the many surprises that day was crossing the famous “Swanny”. An even better surprise (for me) was what… More

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Neon queenFresno, CA

Fresno Motel sketch by Chandler O'Leary

If you’re into neon signs or period architecture, Fresno is something of a wonderland. But truth be told, I planned this entire leg of my trip around this sign alone. I mean, look at her! She might have seen better days, but to me she’ll always be a masterpiece.

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Lonely outpostNear Soledad, CA

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the thirteenth installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. The “Soledad” in Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad means “solitude.” And boy howdy, is that ever… More

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Mountain missionNear Jolon, CA

Mission San Antonio de Padua sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the twelfth installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. Note: At the time of my visit, the façade of the building was ensconced in scaffolding. I… More

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Village sanctuarySan Miguel, CA

Mission San Miguel Arcángel sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the eleventh installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. I’m not entirely certain why, but this place also makes the list of my favorite missions. Mission… More

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Vort daglige brødPoulsbo, WA

Poulsbo, WA sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Like the town of Solvang in California, there’s a Scandinavian town in my neck of the woods, too. Except in contrast to Solvang, I love Poulsbo. Even though it’s a bit of a tourist trap, Poulsbo feels more humble, more down-home, more real. Its Norwegian roots run deep—I have even heard Norwegian spoken on the… More

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The jewel of SLOSan Luis Obispo, CA

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This is the tenth installment of my Mission Mondays series, exploring all 21 Spanish Missions along the California coast. You can read more about this series, and see a sketch map of all the missions, at this post. Unlike last week, where we were smack in the middle of the California countryside, this week’s mission… More

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