Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The San Juan Capistrano Mission

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend we were in Dana Point for Lauren's All Star Softball Tournament. We had two games on Saturday. The first one was in the morning and the next one was late afternoon, so we decided to go into town and walk around. I have never been to the San Juan Capistrano Mission so we decided to go inside and look around. Jackson will study missions next year, so this would be good for him to see.

What a beautiful mission! Truly beautiful. I can see why they call it the "Jewel of the Missions." All the old brick work and the
fountains were gorgeous. A wedding party was taking their wedding photo's in the courtyard. I can just imagine how beautiful they will come out. Plus the old part of the original church (photo at the bottom) is still standing. An earthquake on November 22, 1800 collapsed most of the church. It was repaired and completed in 1806. The section that is still standing was listed on List of 100 Most Endangered Sites (2002); "The Great Stone Church." On the tour you are given an audio on the history of the church to listen to as you travel around the grounds.

For lunch we ate at the Cedar Creek. Awesome! Once we discovered this place we had dinner here that night in the bar by the fireplace and watched the Laker game. And then again on Sunday morning for brunch. We had a great weekend!

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