Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kickin' it in SA: The Missions

The four Missions in San Antonio are awesome. We have visited three of the four (we've driven by all four, but haven't spent any time exploring Mission Espada yet). But rich in history and architecturally beautiful, if you're in San Antonio, I think they worth are visiting. We've had Sunday picnics on the grounds, explored, and taken family photos at the missions, and it's always a fun time! William especially loves to go to the missions because there's always plenty of grass on which to run around and rocks and branches to collect. And my husband loves the chance to photograph the architecture and the grounds.

A little history on the missions . . . The missions (San Jose, Concepcion, San Juan Capistrano, and Espada) were built by the Spanish starting in the late 1600s and continuing through the mid 1700s. The sole purpose of the missions was to spread Catholicism, but they were also a refuge for the indigenous people of South Texas against foreign invaders, and were places where they could learn trades and skills, as long as they devoted themselves to Catholicism and Spain. The Mission Trail, which runs along the San Antonio River, extends 8 miles long and connects the four missions. So, in addition to just visiting the mission, it's fun to ride bikes along the trail to visit each of them or go for a run and see the missions as you go. And, if you don't have your own bike, San Antonio's bike share program has stops along the route, so you can just rent a bike and go!

Here are a few pictures from the three missions that we've had a chance to visit.

San Jose:

Biking along the Mission Trail is one of the funnest rides we've done since we've been here. (Although, in nice weather it can be slow-going at times due to so many other bikers and runners on the path as well.) 

So . . . next time you have an open Sunday afternoon, I definitely recommend taking a picnic to one of the mission grounds. Or, spend the weekend and explore all four!

1 comment:

  1. Those missions look incredible. And you look so skinny in those striped shirt pictures!