Captain’s Log 5,972
We tried to book a hotel in Laguna Beach. No dice. Then we finally realized why. It’s a three-day weekend for a lot of people. All beach hotels have probably been booked for months.
So….we chose San Juan Capistrano instead. It’s still close to the beach. The rooms are about half the price too. I am actually excited to do stay in the small village. It will be far less crowded. We plan to spend all of Sunday in Laguna Beach so we will still get lots of time by the ocean.
The reason most people go to San Juan Capistrano is the mission. And the swallows. We won’t see them because they traditionally arrive on March 19th. The mission was founded in 1776. It’s got some history.
I also like traveling the El Camino Real. That was the route the missionaries walked as they made their way up the coast. The route is traditionally marked with bells along the route. Just down the hill from my house, their is a lone bell marking the way on Friar’s Road which is the path to the very first mission in California, San Diego de Alcala. That one was founded in 1769. I know the history books say those missions are a day’s walk apart, but I really don’t think those friars could walk that far every day. Especially since they were so busy decimating the native people and their lands and culture. Ooops! Did I just get on that soapbox again?
Anyway….. I do love the bells that mark the way.
Guiding the path for a very long time