Day two of our Tucson Adventures started out with playing ringers in the morning with the lovely people at the RV Park. Austin and I are pretty new to the game but everyone was really supportive and cheered us on. After getting our butts whooped by the young hearted people of the park we all went out to the San Xavier Del Bac Mission. It is one of the most beautiful places architecturally that I have ever seen. It’s pristine white walls, solid wood doors, gorgeous tile imagery and beautiful landscaped ground made the Mission just awe-inspiring.
San Xavier Del Bac Mission was founded in 1692 by Father Eusebio Kino and construction of the church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. It is the oldest European structure in Arizona still intact and is still being used today. When we got back from the Mission I was talking to Rhonda, one of the front desk people about it and she told me an interesting story about the Mission. She had said that the little pins with charms that I saw pinned on the robe of the statue inside the church are actually prayers that people make. She said legend says that your religious faith can be tested based on whether or not you are able to lift the head of the statue inside the tomb. She had said a buddhist women that was staying at the RV park had gone and tried lifting the head and could not. True or not I thought it was interesting for sure.
Austin and I climbed the hill up to the top where a single white cross is buried. Along the top of the hill is a gated altar where people had attached various prayers, photographs and personal effects. I’m fascinated with people of all walks of life so the trip to the mission was right up my alley. Speaking of fascinating people… Just outside of the Mission was a group of Native Americans setup for market. They sell their Indian Bread daily and I got the opportunity to meet Ruby & Jake. They allowed me to come back behind their stand and capture the process of making bread. They come every day between 11am-2pm for the market. They come with pre-made dough balls, once they sell out the day is over. Ruby then pats out the dough into a flat tortilla and then fries them in a cast iron pan. Then comes the goodies! We couldn’t decide so Austin got the Sweet Indian Bread with powdered sugar, cinnamon and honey. I got the one with Red & Green chilis, beans, cheese and lettuce. Then we shared them so we could each give them a try. OMG! They were amazing!
I hate to admit this but my favorite part of the Mission was feeding the hungry. :) A few stray dogs walked the property begging for food and we made friends with a couple of them. I’m a huge dog lover so of course I couldn’t resist feeding them! They were so sweet. First a light tan and white one was hanging around us for a bit then a wrinkly little Shar-pei mix came sauntering up. It made me laugh a bit because he clearly knew what he was doing lol. He had orange chili grease on his paws from a previous feeding and when he would eat, he’d step on top of the plate to stop it from moving away from him. Ha ha he was one smart little cookie. It was soo cute! Although once we were done eating they too moved along finding the next sucker to feed them :). I don’t care it was totally worth it! I wanted to take them both home!
So if you ever make it down the way I suggest definitely stopping by to not only see the San Xavier Del Bac Mission but go when you can try out some sweet bread! It’s really yummy!