Second discovery: Big diesel trucks do not maneuver easily around San Clemente.
Third discovery: You may have the address of the San Clemente Pier in the GPS, but because you cannot drive out onto the pier, it is an "unreachable location".
Other than my getting out the door about 45 minutes later than our intended time of departure, the day went well.
First stop: Mission San Luis Rey.
From the brochure:
"The name of this, the 18th of the California Missions, is Spanish: "San Luis Rey de Francia" this is St. Luis the King of France, who ruled in the 13th century.
The purpose of the 21 California Missions was to claim the land for Spain and to bring Christianity to the Native Americans. Of all the missions, San Luis Rey was, and is, the largest.......It is one of only two mission churches built in the shape of a cross."