I love history. My husband and I have always spent our vacations like this: fly into an airport with loads of camping gear, rent a car, drive around for two weeks stopping at every historical marker.Well living in California we are a bit historically deprived. I grew up in a town where an old house meant it was built in the 1940's. But we do have our Mission's all 21 of them. I see the missions as Mexican and Californian history, known as the history of Greater Mexico. So we started this weekend by visiting Mission Santa Cruz for the first time. It is one of the few missions that has the original adobe apartments used by the converted Native Americans. They are beautiful in their simplicity. My husband lived in an adobe home just like them as a child in rural Mexico. Visiting Mission Santa Cruz reminded me how each mission has its own history and "personality". I look forward to sharing California with Saga and showing her how many became one which is what California is really about.