Sunday, August 24, 2008

Trying to make the most of the summer, sunny weekends Grace and I spent Saturday enjoying it! First we drove down to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. It was a beautiful sunny and bright day and we had no trouble finding a parking spot right by the water. We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then took a long walk along the beach. Later in the afternoon we decided to drive to San Juan Capistrano and see the mission. It had been several years since I had been there and Grace had not been there since she was a kid. We really enjoyed listening to the history of the mission, old California and looking at the wonderfully preserved buildings. The gardens were beautiful and in full bloom. I tried and tried to get a picture of the monarch butterflies that were fluttering around but never stopped. I finally succeeded! There was a very old grape vine that was as thick as a tree at the base. Old stone wheels that were used to press olive oil and big adobe brick vats where they stomped grapes and made wine. As usual I was happily taking many many photos. You can see them here:

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