Misión San Francisco Javier and the Oasis

Steve and I had a rest day before the Baja 1000 reached us in Loreto, so we decided to visit the Misión San Francisco Javier, about 25 miles west of us. The mission was built in 1699 and was the first structure in the Californias to utilize wood-framed windows.

Gassing up at the Pemex station in Loreto.
Gassing up at the Pemex station in Loreto.
On the way to the mission, several racers passed us, prerunning the Baja 1000 race course.
On the way to the mission, several racers passed us, prerunning the Baja 1000 race course.
The town of San Javier is quiet with cobblestone streets and super friendly kids who like steekers.
The town of San Javier is quiet with cobblestone streets and super friendly kids who like steekers.
The Mission is still a working church. Hats off and no flash photography inside, Steve.
The Mission is still a working church. Hats off and no flash photography inside, Steve.
The town's graveyard, next to the church.
The town’s graveyard, next to the church.

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On the way back from San Javier, we stopped to visit an oasis which had a few old Indian petroglyphs.
On the way back from San Javier, we stopped to visit an oasis which had a few old Indian pictographs.

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The water at the oasis was spectacular.
The water at the oasis was spectacular.

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