categories: usa travel
I grew up as a history buff in California where we have less history than people who grew up on the East Coast. So I probably cherished more than most kids field trips to nearby San Juan Bautista. This old mission was founded on June 24, 1797 by the Spanish who built missions from Baja California to just north of San Francisco. The missions were spaced a days ride apart. San Juan Bautista Mission is one of the better preserved since not only the mission but the old plaza is still there. The mission has needed restoration over the years, especially since this is the one mission built a few feet off of the San Andreas fault.