Week 6 of my 52 NEW Things Project takes me to San Juan Capistrano, CA. I occasionally meet up with my friends Oliver (the organizer)Erin, and Randy for photo excursions to various locales around San Diego to practice our photography, learn new things, experiment with our craft, and just have fun hanging out! On this Sunday, we ventured north to the historic town of San Juan Capistrano to meet up with our friend Tess. Tess lives in Pasadena and has been wanting to join us on one of our photo outings, so we thought Orange County would be a good halfway point to meet-up.

On a glorious, summer-like afternoon, we all spent a few hours touring the grounds of the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, which was founded in 1776 by the Spanish as part of their extensive  system of missions up and down the California coast. It's both serene and exciting for photography, with so many interesting passageways, rooms, windows, and of course the iconic mission bells. Afterwards, we had lunch at small cafe nearby and then toured around the Los Rios Historic District, which is the oldest neighborhood in California! Finally, on the way home, the San Diego crew stopped at the I-5 Vista Point near San Onofre State Beach to watch a glorious sunset. It was a fantastic ending to a perfect outing!