(16 photos in gallery) Intent on avoiding freeway traffic on the drive home to Orange from the San Gabriel Valley a few weeks ago, I realized my detour would take me near the Mission. I also realized, in spite of growing up in Southern California, I’d never actually been there. With a quick stop to check directions, I made my way to the San Gabriel Mission District.
A child growing up in California learns about the Missions and early history of Spanish settlement during their 4th grade studies. I distinctly remember the class assignment of building a model based on one of the 21 Missions. My model was made from sugar cubes on a sheet of cardboard, and was so heavy by the time it was done, it nearly broke as mom helped me haul it to class.
The photos in this gallery are of the San Gabriel Mission building exterior, while in coming days, the posts will feature the grounds and surrounding area. ~SueBee