Friday, July 3, 2009

I finally visited some San Diego Missions

Life with a husband studying for the bar can be really boring. Rather than sit at home over the holiday weekend, I decided to get out my camera and visit some places in San Diego to which I haven't yet been. Whilst my pictures aren't extraordinary, my experience was pretty fun! Yes, I felt like one of those lonely travelers, with my camera around my neck, walking around by myself, but I still enjoyed my time.

Here is a close-up of the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. It is the first mission in California, founded on July 16th, 1769, by blessed Junipero Serra. It was pretty cool. Free, of course, so that made it nice. Apparently it's an active Catholic parish today. There's also a current excavation site right inside the grounds of this mission, so that was fascinating... a big section roped off. They have uncovered old walls and brick flooring about 6 feet underground.

I then headed over to what I guess isn't technically a mission (Well, actually I stopped off at the mall to get some new undies first). It is a museum situated on the original site of the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala... but it looks just like a mission. It was cool, but I didn't get to go inside because the museum has been closed since February, and there is no news on when it will re-open. It is called the Junipero Serra Museum. While the first mission was more interesting (I guess just because it was actually open), I'm glad I visited the Museum because you can see this one from one of the major freeways here, and I'd never quite figured out how to get there.
It was a nice afternoon, yet I am no more tan. And it's July. So that's no good. And that's three sentences now that I've started with conjunctions.

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