We also visited three California Missions...Mission San Antonio de Padua, Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soladad.
I have this fascination with the California Missions. It's not the religious affiliation but more the history that intrigues me. This is California's history...be it good or bad...history helps us learn from our mistakes...
The planning of the missions had spaced them roughly a day's horse ride or a three-day walk from one mission to the next along the highway known as the El Camino Real, which means the kings' "royal way."The missions are among California's oldest structures and are evidence of a time when the Western world was changing. The Church and government expected the missions to support themselves from farming and growing crops.
Some missions were built in more ideal situations while others experienced devastating earthquakes, winds and floods. While only a few of these historical buildings are supported by the state, others have created groups to sustain the missions. It has taken time but through the generosity of visitors many have been able to rebuild.