Holding Pattern

That’s what January feels like to me. I like it actually, and feel lucky that snow and sleet and misery are rarely part of my winter experience. Even so, it takes several days of compelling sunshine to motivate a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Spanish missions near San Antonio post-holidays as a change from dark mornings and quieter days.

Operated by the National Park Service, the lesser known missions are short distances apart, several miles south of the Alamo. Spanish Franciscan missionaries worked to convert those who arrived for protection and food in the mid-1700s, building communities for “New Spain”.  Each mission, crafted by Mexican artisans with Indian labor, has its own story of hardship, success and failure. In varying states of restoration, several are still used as active parish churches. The mission compounds must have appeared as mirages to weary frontier travelers; I found them beautiful.

San Francisco de la Espada


Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepcion


San Juan Capistrano


Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo


9 thoughts on “Holding Pattern

    1. Don’t be. It was short lived; we had snow and temps in the 20s here too! Nice to hear from you and hope all OK your way!

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