Mission San Juan Capistrano

September 18, 2009

When we last left our intrepid adventurers, they had just finished up a day of hiking and exploring the beach at Crystal Cove State Park. For most ordinary mortals that would be plenty of action for one day. But not for us! So we packed everyone up and headed over to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano.

We did have a good reason for this. In California they spend part of the fourth grade studying the Missions as part of history class, and since Garrett will be in fourth grade this year Shay and Eric thought it would be good for him to see an actual Mission.

Here are Debbie and Sophie in front of the old bell tower and remains of the old church on the right.

And here we are hanging out on one of the benches in the garden.

Parts of the mission have been restored, but all that remains of the old church is the back wall.

Here is the interior courtyard behind the bell tower.

Sophie and Debbie explore on of the fountains on the Mission grounds.

After exploring the Mission we wandered in to downtown San Juan Capistrano for dinner. We found a nice Mexican restaurant a couple of blocks away. The best part was it was right beside the train tracks, and since we were sitting outside we could see and here the trains roar by every five minutes! (Ok, the kids liked it, and whatever keeps the kids happy keeps the grown ups happy!)

Our final stop on the way back to the car was in front of the elementary school beside the Mission. They, of course, had a bell out in front, and the kids had a great time trying to make it ring.

There are many more pictures in the album, just click on the link below:

2009-08-15 Mission San Juan Capistrano

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