The children enjoyed exploring the ruined church. I like this shot in which Madeleine appears to beg levitating... :)
The main church was destroyed in an earthquake on December 8, 1812. My first thought after considering the sadness and horror of the church collapse in itself (another earthquake later that month destroyed the churches at Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purissima), was how strange it was that it collapsed on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. But I just realized that this predates the formal declaration of this title.
It was an amazingly beautiful time of year to visit the mission. The gardens were in full bloom and the weather was very mild (at least to Wisconsinites!)
I love this shot of Ria and Madeleine, who formed an immediate friendship...