Wednesday, June 17, 2009
When the Swallows Return to Capistrano
Spent the morning at San Jaun Capistrano Catholic Mission, one of the oldest buildings in California. The summer flowers are in full bloom and maintained by local horticulturists. My photo log reminds me we were here three years ago yesterday.
The History of the mission is a tragedy. Opened, taken over and militarized and secularized while the locals suffered and lost their land. Abraham Lincoln restored it to the church just before he was killed. Then in 1812 during a service a powerful earthquake collapsed the cross shaped church killing 40. The restoration work is well worth your trip.
Went to the beach in the afternoon and battled the encroaching waves of high tide and a rock squirrel begging for food.