When Ginger K said we were welcome to visit, Karen H took her up on it and set the date. Unfortunately, Kathy K could not join us for the trip.
Karen flew from Buffalo, NY and I came by way of St Paul, MN. We arrived between 20:30 and 21:00, and were surprised to be met at the airport by Ginger! After picking up a rental car, we followed Ginger to Nico's Taco Shop to grab a bite for Karen, then to Ginger's and Candace's home in Tucson, AZ.
I had the formal guest room and Karen had the guest room with the exercise equipment, of which she did avail herself on occasion!
|Guest room/exercise room|
|Hummingbird guest room|
Tucson was founded in 1775 by the Spanish, and built over a former O'odham/Pima village called chuke-son or cuk-son/[spring] at the base of the black mountain (Sentinel Peak). Considered the founding father of Tucson, Hugh O'Conor, the appointed governor of Texas under the viceroy of New Spain, authorized the construction of a presidio/fort around which the town grew. Tucson served as the territorial capital of Arizona from 1867 to 1877.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Today was overcast and cool, not what was expected of Arizona weather! Plus it was very windy!
This morning we started on the southern leg of the tour, driving down I-19. Karen took on the role of navigator for the whole trip.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is called the "White Dove of the Desert" because the white building stands alone in the scrubland.
|Mission San Xavier del Bac|
with a ramada/roofed shelter for shade in the foreground;
we were too early for the fry bread sold here!
The mission was founded by the Spanish Jesuit Eusebio Francisco Kino who visited the village of Wa:k (sic, that he called Bac) in 1692. After Kino's death in 1711, the village was visited sporadically by Jesuits, and not until 1756 was a small church built. After the Jesuits were expelled from New Spain in 1767, the Franciscans took on the mission. The present church was built 1783-1797, although the east bell tower was never completed. It is considered the finest Spanish mission architecture (with Moorish, Byzantine, and Mexican Renaissance styles) in the US and is the oldest intact structure in Arizona.
|Mission San Xavier del Bac façade|
|Inside the mortuary chapel|
|Stations of the Cross in the mortuary chapel courtyard|
|Inside the mission church: east transept|
(the chancel was scaffolded!)
|Figure of San Francisco Xavier|
|Extensive wall paintings and sculptures|
|Another Saint Francis Xavier|
who is often portrayed holding up a cross
|School children were filing into the church as we left|
|A nun crosses the plaza behind the church|
|O'odham basketry in the museum|
|Figure of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha,|
the first Native American saint
in the Roman Catholic Church
|Nice gift shop, and no tax!|