We visited Mission San José on a bright spring morning. The park quickly draws visitors after opening, but we had some time to wander in peace. The church still stands, although some of the priestly dwelling has crumbled. Services are still held on Sunday. The adobe and brick are warm to the touch, and inviting even deteriorated.
The mission served as a safe retreat for the missionaries and their converts. Walking around the walls, you could feel that this was a close community, but that quarters in the mission were probably nicer than most of the area. The support facilities, like the kitchen, are spacious and clean, although a bit claustrophobic inside the walls.