30 December 2011

Day trip: Mission San Juan Capistrano

When I told the boys that it was a "no climbing" adventure, they looked a little disappointed. But no worries, they made up for it with extra goofiness.

They are walking up to the Great Stone Church, whose walls crumbled and domes caved in during an 1812 earthquake that killed 40 worshipers.

I really liked the Bell Wall--originally used to call the community to meals, religious services, work, funerals, or recreation. The bells also signaled the sighting of a supply ship or a returning padre.

The Serra Chapel:

Afterwards, we headed down Ortega Hwy to Casper Wilderness Park so the monkeys could climb.

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