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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano, California

The fragrance of thousands of blooms fills the air, floating on a cool ocean breeze.  The ruins of a magnificent cathedral give proud testimony to a transforming faith.  Is this Greece?  Turkey?  Egypt?   No.  This is the coast of Southern California, and the ruins are the Great Stone Church of Mission San Juan Capistrano.    This journey […]... Read More
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La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc, California

With vistas of rocky beaches, farms, sandy beaches, and ranches, the drive to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park from Los Angeles reminds me of everything I like about Southern California.  Entering the park itself is like stepping back in time.            Sheep and goats fill the corrals, turkeys gobble, and horses graze.  […]... Read More
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Mission San Xavier del Bac – Tucson, Arizona

The White Dove of the Desert, as Mission San Xavier del Bac has been very appropriately dubbed, has a prominent position on the desert plain in the southwest corner of Tucson, Arizona. Easy to spot from Interstate 19, it stands, a lonely survivor of struggle. A struggle still carried on to this day, not only with the […]... Read More