Imagine transitioning between the heat of the sun and the cool of the dark inner spaces
through these long arched porches.
There are several fountains gushing with greenery.
Inside the chapel.
About half the mission is in ruins from an earthquake in the 1800's (I think).
As one of the oldest structures in the western United States, it seems to have served as a model for much of the southwestern architecture that has followed, from the Temecula city hall to Taco Bell.
To get to Capistrano we drove over the mountains on the Ortega Highway, which Rick was pretty excited about. It's been featured on a website called Oncars.com that reviews cars and takes them on drives to interesting places. It was a beautiful drive, with pretty spectacular views of Lake Elsinore and other points east.
Afterwards we stopped briefly at Dana Point before heading home. This is a picture of a little cove called the "baby beach," I assume because it's safe enough for babies. Next door is the Ocean Institute and a wildlife preserve on the rocky shoreline. The whole stretch from Capistrano to Dana Point is lovely. But we couldn't find one darn place to take Kona swimming. Thank you Kona for being such a good traveler and being so patient with us.