When we arrived at the Mission, a service was just ending, the chalk from the chalk-off festival was still bright on the courtyard, and the air was full of birdsong. It was remarkable to feel the history of a place that has operated continuously since its founding. Give yourself time to wander and appreciate -- today's decorative gardens were yesterday's work spaces. Imagine the lives that were lived here, and admire just enough artifacts to surprise not exhaust. We spent about an hour and a half all told.
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