For some odd reason, I realized about four years ago that in all my years living in California, I had only visited a Mission once (that I remembered…I must have gone in third grade to one, but have no recollection of it). My concern on that day in 1978 was that I was forced to wear a brown tux (yes, brown…ah, the 70s) to be in my friend's wedding at the San Gabriel Mission Arcángel, so history was not top of mind that day. In the past four years, I have now hit 13 of the 21 missions. The last one I visited was the Misión San Francisco de Asís (aka Mission Delores) in San Francisco. As you'll see in words and photos, one of the coolest aspects of this mission is its tranquil, garden-like cemetery. If you visit "The City," this is definitely a worthwhile spot to spend an hour or so…and you don't even have to swear a brown tux.