Day Two — Balboa Park, San Diego

My sister is still in town and we chose today to take a drive down to San Diego's Balboa Park.  Great day — cooler than Friday in Escondido (big surprise) — really fun to walk around.  I think my favorite spot was the Botanic Garden which is near the center of the park.  It's a massive teak lathed structure full of different indirect-sun and shade-preferring plants.  Great collection.

My sister also had an interest in going to church while she was here, so I suggested that we go the Saturday evening Mass at The Mission San Diego de Alcala.  The Mission was the first Church founded in what is now the State of California.  It was founded in 1769 and has been an operating parish ever since.  It's a beautiful adobe Church — actually built in the early part of the 20th century on the original specs, after the earthquakes had damaged the original.  In case anyone is wondering, there were no lightning strikes, nor did the Holy Water boil when I entered.  Not that I was worried about that or anything.

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  1. It's really great to see the Mission still functioning as a church. The Mission San Luis Rey (in Oceanside) no longer has services and is used as a conference center — you can take a tour of the facility. The Mission San Juan Capistrano — of the swallows fame — (outside of Laguna) was destroyed by an earthquake and you can tour the site — which is really cool. They have built a large church next to the ruins. I wonder how many of the original Missions (I think there were 21) still operate as parishes in their original building?

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