Mission Nombre de Dios
This is just a sampling of the scenery you’ll encounter at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. The large piles of stones hold religious statuary, and each has a bench dedicated by mission patrons. The large fenced-in tombstone seen beside the monument to the right (click for larger image) is that of Josephine Noda Yates, born April 12, 1861 and died February 18, 1891.Further research reveals that Josephine St. Victor de Noda was the daughter of Antonio José Miguel de Noda and Antonia or Agatha Rogero. The wife of A. E. Yates at the time of her death, it looks as if she may have also been married to a C. C. Fuller at some time.
Fountain of Youth
A few years back, the folks at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park built a 600-foot boardwalk over the marsh. Being chicken, I haven’t yet gone out the whole way, but the views I did enjoy were breathtaking. Take away the bridge to Vilano Beach and a few modern structures and you’ve got pretty much the view ancient Native Americans and their Spanish counterparts would have had. In case you’re wondering, those mounds in the mud are clams! The Fountain of Youth is a great place to experience natural beauty without all the hustle and bustle of busier, kid-oriented attractions.
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