Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Stepping Back In Time

The doors lead into a long building that surrounds the Mission courtyard on four sides. Built back when people were a lot smaller, the doors are narrow and the doorway short enough to make you duck down to pass through. The doors are hand made from local trees, with creaking old hinges and the wood's grain is much weathered and has turned gray. The threshold was especially eye-catching, worn low from the thousands of feet that crossed it these past hundreds of years. It's easy to image the moccasin clad feet of Indians, the sandal clad feet of padres, the leather booted feet of caballeros and the suede slippers of their women as they all passed through the doors to enter the coutyard of the great Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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