|The Bear Flag Monument in the town square. You can make out the playground and the amphitheater behind it. California was it's own nation for 25 days as a result of the Bear Flag Revolt.|
|a caretta in the courtyard. I pretty much end up photographing every caretta I see. I haven't figured out why.|
|Across the street from the mission is the old gold-rush era saloon. It's closed and used for storage. The building belongs to the park system, but since it hasn't been retrofitted to meet earthquake standards, it can't be opened to the public.|
|The mission chapel. The chapel itself has been reworked a number of times, and contains elements from Spanish, Mexican, Miwok design.|
|California wild poppies. They're EVERYWHERE. These are in front of the mission.|
|I'm guessing this is where the Bear Flag was actually raised. There's a huge timber flag poll a couple feet from this marker, which sits across the street from the barracks.|
I hope, at some point, to revisit some of this and tell some of the history and describe better some of the points of interest in Sonoma. I look forward to visiting there again.