Mission San Juan Capistrano.

When we were in SoCal last week visiting our friends Don & Robyn, we got to visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is just so cool. 

The gardens are stunning and there is a ton of history everywhere to read about.

It’s tough to beat Father Serra’s chapel — they were doing a big christening when we were there. I think it would be awesome to be baptized there!

As you can see, we got the perfect day for it.

And little Morgan loved playing in the grass. This is the perfect destination for kids of any age. Lots of the rooms are set up as they would have been historically, which I loved when I was in elementary school.

One of the cool things about the Mission I was unable to photograph is the “Miracle of the Swallows of Capistrano,” when they have returned for centuries on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day, to make their nests in the Mission’s walls. More from Wikipedia:
“The Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) is a migratory bird that spends its winters in GoyaArgentina but makes the 6,000-mile (10,000 km) trek north to the warmer climes of theAmerican Southwest in springtime. According to legend the birds first took refuge at the Mission when an irate innkeeper began destroying their mud nests. The Mission’s location near two rivers made it an ideal location for the swallows to nest, as there was a constant supply of the insects on which they feed, and the young birds are well-protected inside the ruins of the old stone church.”

I would love to come back in March someday to see the nests and babies!

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2 responses to “Mission San Juan Capistrano.

  1. The interior is strikingly similar to that of the Spanish mission church of San Luis Rey near Oceanside California — interestingly named for St. Louis King of France.

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