It is now October 15…time flies, time runs too fast. I came back from our road trip a week ago. How strange how time feels different when you are away compared to be at home. This trip has been great. The weather was fantastic. It felt more like summer than fall but after all California is not British-Columbia. There were so many places to see and so many photos taken, I am still trying to edit them.
In March 2013, I visited the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. I enjoyed it very much. It was then I learned that there were 21 Spanish Missions in California. The idea to see more was set. So, 1 years and a half later we were on our own mission to visit few more. We actually visited 9 on this trip. I will talk more about those one in another post.
Today I want to talk and show more about the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The gardens are wonderful to see with all kind of flowers, old benches, a fountain with fishes. The buildings are great. The whole story about the Mission is quite interesting. It all started with Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar. The missions were primarily designed to convert the natives. Other aims were to integrate the neophytes into Spanish society, and to train them to take over ownership and management of the land. As head of the order in California, Serra not only dealt with church officials, but also with Spanish officials in Mexico City and with the local military officers who commanded the nearby presidios (garrisons). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun%C3%ADpero_Serra
The first mission to be founded was in San Diego. The Mission in SJC was the 7th to be founded in 1776. If you go to San Juan Capistrano, make sure you visit the Mission. More on our road trip-2014- another day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_San_Juan_Capistrano