Every now and then it's nice to re-visit your own town or city. That's what Ron and Gracie and I did today. We left the house early and headed for the San Xavier Mission which is south of Tucson. The mission sits well off of the highway and is affectionately titled "The White Dove of the Desert". For years now the mission has been under a much needed renovation that you can see when you view the close-up.
There is a steep hill to the right of the main property and a cross that sits atop that hill. I didn't wear the best shoes but we climbed the hill and stopped to take this photo looking back on downtown Tucson. We live much further to the north than the actual city.
The close-up photo shows the before and after renovations so much better. The repairs and paint on the left and the yet unrepaired side is on the right. The mission was founded in 1683 but construction on the building did not begin until 1783.
It was partially destroyed in the 1887 earthquake in Arizona. See, I told you we have earthquakes here! Remember I felt one not that long ago! Gracie wasn't thrilled about this part of the trip at all. She couldn't wait to leave and find some shade (us too!) She was quick to get back into the truck and rest. I'll post part two tomorrow!