Weekend Trip: The Tour of Missions

Last time we saw Grammy and Grampa, we visited the King of the Missions, San Luis Rey. This past weekend we visited another of the California Missions, La Purisima.

While San Luis Rey is located within a large city, La Purisima is in the boondocks. Walking the fully restored grounds gave us a more realistic picture of what life might have been like for the Chumash and the Spaniards in the 1800s.

Here we are at another fountain.

I joked with the grandparents that visiting all the missions will be a great excuse for us to travel the length of the California coast with them. One child has already requested that we visit the Queen of the Missions.

While these field trips may not be the most “stimulating” in terms of entertainment, they are great outings that gives the kids lots of space to run around and the opportunity to learn something of days gone by.

What family field trip have you taken lately?

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  1. my mom and i just went to arizona two weeks ago. towards the end of our trip the weather got bad and she suggested we hit some missions in california instead, i’m thinking no way. she’s been obsessed with missions since i was in the 4th grade 15+ years ago

  2. I just had to comment and say what a beautiful family you have! It reminds me of when I was little and how my parents would line all of us kids up (there were 8 of us!) and take our picture on our family field trips.
    We’ll probably be doing more frequent, small trips this summer as I’m expecting my third. One thing I am planning on making for the kids, ages 8 and 3 1/2, is the sand/water station you described using the plastic under the bed storage bins! That is a great idea and so much more frugal than buying the costly, ready built tables. I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Fishing in the Sierras with Rob’s family and Dad. What a trip! You guys should join us one of these times.

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