Mission San Xavier del Bac is a Spanish church located in the center of a centuries-old Tohono O’odham Indian settlement. It took us about 18 minutes from our RV Park.
Founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino, the mission was named after Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe. The present structure was rebuilt after the original church was razed during an Apache raid in 1770.
There were so many Easter worshippers that I couldn’t even get close the entrance. Many were patiently waiting their turn to enter while others were in line to buy Mexican and Native American delicacies from make-shift food stalls.
Judging from their packed parking lot, J.J. wanted check out the Old Peking restaurant located on Speedway Road. Unimpressive decor, no fancy menu or table setting, but the place was packed with locals. We were honestly surprised by the quality of their Duck Noodle soup and Szechuan style tofu dish. J.J. and I surmised that there must be an experienced Chinese chef working in the kitchen. Both dishes were prepared perfectly, adhering to the regional cuisine with proper ingredients.
Old Peking is worthy of a second or even third visit.
Three loads of laundry including our heavy army blanket are done. Happy that for the most part, the day was overcast. Tonight J.J. is preparing rib eye steak and I will prepare a large mixed green salad with fruits and olives.
It was a very good Easter Sunday.
Aloha -- Cathi