(May 28, 2009) We were up early, ate breakfast and showered so we could get on the road to San Juan Capistrano. As I mentioned a couple entries back, we stopped there on the way to the campground but the mission was closed for the day.
Once we got parked, we strolled down the block toward the mission. I soon discovered that this little town of San Juan Capistrano is a place you could spend a couple days exploring. The first place we stopped was ‘The Old Barn Antiques Mall’ stall after stall (10,000 sq feet) rented by different folks to sell their wares on consignment. Most of the items were antiques and/or collectibles. We spent maybe 45 minutes in there and just barely got inside the door. It’s one of those places where you keep seeing things and you say to yourself “I remember grandma had one of those” or “mom had one of those when I was a kid, I wonder what happened to it?”
We continued on crossing the street to the main entrance of the mission. Founded in 1776, this mission is the seventh on the mission chain. Called the “Jewel of the Missions” it occupies a 10 acre site. There’s a central courtyard, many museum rooms and displays. The Sierra Chapel is one of the oldest buildings in California. The ruins of the Great Stone Church are also found inside the Mission walls. It was almost completely destroyed in an earthquake during Sunday morning service in 1812 killing 42 Native American worshippers.
Pictured with this plaque is one of the Mission Bells seen along Highway 101 denoting the route created in the late 1700’s to connect the Missions (El Camino Real~The Kings Highway)
The wheel pictured below was used to grind olives into oil.
This is an example of the huts the Native American’s from this area lived in.
Some pictures depicting the rooms that the early folks used for living quarters. After seeing these cots ~ I will never again complain about an uncomfortable bed.
These were the ovens used to bake the mission’s bread.