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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING
This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight
The text below in bold and italic was taken from Wikipedia.
Mission San Xavier del Bac (Spanish: Misión de San Xavier del Bac) is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation.
Fr. Francis Xavier rest at the founder of the Mission and co-founder of the Society of Jesus
The mission was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Sobaipuri O’odham who were a branch of the Akimel or River O’odham, located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe.
At the end of this tour you’ll find vendors, local parishioners, cooking and
selling fried bread to us, the tourists. The bread was delicious. After sampling the bread Sue and Tom drove us to a Mexican restaurant in Tucson where we enjoyed an excellent Mexican meal. We went to the Mi Nidito Restaurant, Bill Clinton, as well as, many other celebrities and athletes as well. The food is great but the parking leaves much to be desired.
The original church was built to the north of the present Franciscan church. This northern church or churches served the mission until being razed during an Apache raid in 1770.
Today’s Mission was built between 1783-1797; it is the oldest European structure in Arizona; the labor was provided by the O’odham. An outstanding example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.
Below sue Ward listens to our tour guide.
Tom Ward and Carla lead the way our tour guide is going.
The site is also known in the O’odham language as “goes in” or comes in: meaning “where the water goes in”, as the water in the Santa Cruz came up to the surface a couple of miles south of Martinez HIll and then submerged again near Los Reales Wash. The Santa Cruz River that used to run year round in this section, once critical to the community’s survival, now runs only part of the year.
The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot and on horseback, some among ceremonial cavalcades, or cabalgatas in Spanish.
This mural is high above the left side of the church. You will only see it in this church. It is a mural of Mary, Mother of Jesus, diapering the infant Jesus. This may not be that clear but at the same time it’s over one-hundred years old. Not one thing I’ve ever done will be around 100 years from now.
“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us,
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier