Last Saturday we spent a delightful afternoon wandering around the La Purisima
Mission. They were holding a Village Days reenactment, so we had a
great time taking part in that as well as touring the historical
We looked through the Indian camp and the kids stopped at some of the craft stations to make whistles and soap-stone beads.
After a quick snack, we continued on to see the gardens and livestock.
pigs abandoned their lazy spots in the shade, and ran over when we
threw them our leftover apple cores. They are cute, but boy, do they
went on to look through the mission buildings, and this picture pretty
much summed it up; four kids in four different directions! They were
really curious, and there was so much to see, so we quickly set the rule
that everyone must stay together.
We went in to what we thought was the main church, but it turned out to be the chapel.
It was beautiful! I love all the paintings and the wooden chandeliers.
We toured some more of the living quarters, and then made our way to the actual church. It has the most amazing altar.
Then we went though the old cemetery, and the kids checked out the Tallow Vats behind the mission.
We peeked in at the gardens, and looked around the clothes-washing fountains.
This was a court yard and "bathroom" off one of the buildings.
It was a beautiful day, and so much fun, to wander with the kids through one of our local treasures!