Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

​Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

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    Las Lagunas de Anza Wetland. A few miles north of Nogales AZ.
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    Cemetery in Mission Courtyard, Tumacacori National Historical Park. Tumacacori, AZ.
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    Ceiling at Mission San Jose de Tumacacori. Tumacacori National Historic Park, AZ.
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    San Jose de Tumacacori Mission. ( the gentleman in the wheelchair is Artt Frank, Jazz drummer for Chet Baker) Tumacacori National Historic Park, AZ.
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    Painting of Juan Bautista de Anza expedition at Tubac Mission, Tubac State Historic Park, Carmen, AZ.
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    Camp beside Santa Cruz River near Tubac State Historic Park, AZ.
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    Painting depicting Juan Bautista de Anza expedition members enjoying camp. Tubac Mission, Tubac State Historic Park, Carmen, AZ.
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    Southwest Kitsch, Longhorn Grill at Arivaca Junction north of Amado. AZ.
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    Titan Missile Museum, Geen Valley, AZ.
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    Courtyard at Mission San Xavier del Bac, South Tucson, AZ.
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    Mission San Xavier del Bac, South Tucson, AZ.
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    Mission San Xavier del Bac, South Tucson, AZ.
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    Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. Tucson, AZ.
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    Trail Kiosk painting depicting the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition, North of Tucson, AZ.
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    Interstate 10 follows the Juan Bautista route for a number of miles. Northwest of Tucson, AZ.
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    Picacho Peak Civil War Battlefield, Picacho Peak State Park, AZ.
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    Saguaro Cactus in evening light at Picacho Peak State Park, AZ.
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    Saguaro Cactus on slopes of Picacho Peak. Picacho Peak State Park, AZ.
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    Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Near Casa Grande, AZ.
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    Selfie, AZ.
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    Sonoran Desert from along HW 387, Pinal County, Arizona.
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    Location and remnants of Gila River Japanese WWII internment Camp. Gila Indian Reservation, AZ.
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    Saguaro cactus, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.
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    Camp, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.
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    Kiosk, Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.
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    Juan Bautista de Anza Trail through Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona.
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    Gila Bend, AZ.
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    Petroglyphs at Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, AZ. BLM.
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    Clouds (Spirits?) over Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, AZ. BLM.
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    Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site. Arizona.
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    Remnants of adobe building along the Juan Bautista de Anza trail a few miles west of Painted Rocks Petroglyph Site. AZ.
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    Desert goblins, Rocky point Road, near Gila River, AZ.
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    Zebra Tailed Lizard on Painted Rock Road. And of course there is Zanu and Banu. Arizona.
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    School pride near Citrus City, AZ.
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    Infinite Dust doing time in Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, AZ
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    Casino, Yuma, California.
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    Desert trash near Imperial Dunes Desert, CA.
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    Sticky mud, south of Brawley, Ca.
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    Fellow travelers, south of Brawley, Ca.
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    Water management, north of Calexico, CA.
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    Fellow travelers, outside of Borrego Springs, CA.
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    I met this chap near Borrego Springs, he didn't say much, silent type.
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    Riparian section of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail through Anza Borrego Desert State Park, CA.
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    Native palm trees at Santa Catarina Springs, Anza Borrego State Park, CA.
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    Monument designating location where one of the travelers in the Anza expedition gave birth to the first Californian of European descent. Upper Yucca Canyon. Anza Borrego State Park, CA.
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    Trash from along Bautista Road, near Thomas Mountain, CA. First hints that I was nearing the L.A. metropolis.
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    Bautista Road through citrus orchards south of Hemet, CA.
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    Petroglyph near Bernasconi Pass at Perris Reservoir, CA. The stone was moved to this location to save it from being flooded in the reservoir.
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    Heading west towards Bernasconi Pass near Perris Reservoir, CA.
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    Forlorn wooden Indian, Mead Valley, Ca.
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    Statue memorializing Juan Bautista de Anza at Newman Park, Riverside, CA.
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    A rare siting of my inner smurf, Pomona, Ca.
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    San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel, Ca.
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    Mural in courtyard at San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel, Ca.
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    Feeling regal along Valley BLVD. Los Angeles, CA.
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    Infinite Dust finally makes it to Hollywood.
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    Downtown Hollywood, where it never rains and all the actors that didn't make it are washing cars and pumping gas.
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    Along Ventura BLVD, Los Angeles, CA.
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    Small homeless camp near Bloomingdales, Los Angeles, CA.
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    I do look good in a Caddie but honestly I'm more of a baby jogger guy.
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    Is that Infinite Dust in the reflection? OMG
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    Are all those hand rails necessary? Two should suffice. Ventura BLVD, Ca.
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    Will I ever get rich and famous and be envied by all? Soon? Sweeeeet! ....and that will be $25.00. for the 5 minute session.
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    My cargo is more precious than yours, Oxnard, Ca.
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    Pacific Ocean along Ventura Promenade, Ventura, CA.
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    Show off. Along Ventura Promenade, Ventura, Ca.
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    Pacific Ocean from beside HW 101 north of Ventura, CA.
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    Presidio State Historic Park, Santa Barbara, CA.
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    Santa Barbara Mission from Rose Garden at Mission State Historical Park, Santa Barbara, CA.
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    Santa Barbara Mission, Mission State Historical Park, Santa Barbara, CA. "Can you photoshop that bum out of the foreground"?
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    El Capitan State Beach from beside HW 101, north of Santa Barbara, CA.
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    Sharks from bluff south of Gaviota, CA.
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    Coastal grasses south of Gaviota, CA.
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    Highway 1 near Lompoc, CA.
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    Grasses near Santa Ynez River, Lompoc, CA.
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    La Purisima Mission State Park. Near Lompoc, CA.
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    La Purisima Mission State Park. Near Lompoc, CA.
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    La Purisima Mission State Park. Near Lompoc, CA.
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    Some of the lettuce you ate last year. Near Guadalupe, Ca.
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    "True love travels on a gravel road" Thank you very much. Arroyo Grande, Ca.
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    Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo, CA.
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    Garden courtyard at Mission San Antonio de Padua, Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, CA.
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    Elk herd from Jolon Road in Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, CA.
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    Motel room, King City, Ca.
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    Northbound near Soledad Mission, CA.
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    Monument to the Anza Expedition, in back of the Mission Nuestra Senora, Ca.
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    Fern in sun. Near Salinas River, Ca.
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    Camp near Salinas River, Ca.
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    Hollister Hills from San Juan Grade Road, Ca.
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    Sunday Mass at Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista, CA.
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    Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista, CA.
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    Bell in courtyard at Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista, CA.
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    Who could possibly be eating all this Kale? East of San Juan Bautista, Ca. (Truth be told I do like kale, especially with bacon)
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    Tyrannosaurus Infinitus Dustymustus, Gilroy, Ca.
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    Historic route of Camino Real designation, San Francisco, Ca.
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    Homestretch. (My walk through San Fran was made much easier with the help and support from the awesome Hoke family. Thank you Chad, Linda, Thomas, Jackson and Matthew!!!)
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    On the corner of El Camino Real and Bart. I am truly honored and humbled that they named a transit system after me, I just hope I don't let the folks down.
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    Golden Gate Bridge from Welcome Center upon completing my walk of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail. center, San Francisco, Ca.
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    Park Ranger BriAnna and myself upon my completion of the Juan Batista de Anza Trail. BriAnna was kind enough to greet me at the end of the journey and inform me that I was the only person foolish enough to thru-hike the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail. (She didn't say foolish)

​Summary of the Trail




1990 - Juan Bautista de Anza NHT

This trail follows the 1775-6 journey of a Spanish frontier governor who guided a military guard, several church fathers and 200 settlers and their stock from Sonora, Mexico, to colonize the Golden Gate for Spain.  Throughout the journey, this cumbersome expedition suffered rough weather, lack of water and even an earthquake.  Temarkably, only one person perished. This expedition established the Presidio of what is today's San Francisco., California, along with the missions of San Francisco de Asis (Mission Delores) and Santa Clara de Asis.  The Trail was strongly promoted by George Cardinet, a longtime equestrian trail enthusiast in California.  He founded the nonprofit group Amigos de Anza that is dedcated to the preservation and protection of the Trail.  Twice - in 1976 and again in 1996 - riders re-enacted the journey from Mexico to California, wearing appropriate period outfits. The Trail was added to the National Trails System in 1990 and is administered by the National Park Service.

(Scherer, Glenn, 2002, "America's National Trails: Journeys Across Land and Time, Guilford, CT: Falcon Press, 
pp. 6-9, and Amigos de Anza website)