Los Pobladores

lunaSince arriving in Los Angeles time has gone so fast that it has taken me a while to process all that has happened over the last few days. Today I met with some of the descendants of the original eleven families that founded El Pueblo de Los Angeles. They belong to an organisation called Los Pobladores that was founded in 1981, when the City was commemorating its 200th anniversary.

Thanks to Robert Welham I had the chance to interview and photograph Rose Ramirez, Paul Guzman and Jeri Garcia at Olvera Street, the original settlement which has grown to become the metropolis of todays LA. If you happen to be near Olvera Street this Saturday you should check out `The Blessing of the Animals´, and old tradition that is revived every year where people bring along their pets or livestock to be blessed with holy water.

I will also like to thank Rose for bringing her granddaughter Luna, who at only 4 years old prove to be an invaluable assistant, giving Matt some much needed time off from holding the reflector!

I was also lucky to meet with both Irene Sepúlveda and Valerie Welham yesterday in Yorba Linda, a town founded with a land grant given to Bernardo Yorba in 1834.


Learning about the Old Spanish Trail Association

Today I was fortunate enough to meet with both Ashley Hall, the President of the Old Spanish Trail Association and with Liz Warren, the Nevada Director. It was great to feel their passion for the promotion, awareness and associated education of the route which I am currently exploring. Our meeting place was the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park which is the oldest non-native settlement in Las Vegas.

In this video you can hear Ashley talk about the role of the organisation and its aims for the future. I will be also posting soon an informative conversation with Liz Warren about her professional research on defining Antonio Armijo´s route.

To find out more about this trail that crosses the Southwest you can visit the website: www.oldspanishtrail.org


Orwell has broken down…

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We arrived this morning to Las Vegas and visited the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park. We had a great day thanks to Ashley Hall and Liz Till Warren from the Old Spanish Trail Association who gave us an insight into the history of the trail and also into how Las Vegas developed.

But on the way out of town Orwell broke down, so we had to visit a garage and park over night at their carpark until they can fix it in the morning. They were nice enough to let us charge our batteries and use their internet to make the waiting a bit more bearable.